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State health department updates school district COVID case counts

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says it is tracking a total...
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says it is tracking a total of 1,015 COVID-19 cases across state school districts.(Live 5/File)
Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:30 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says it is tracking a total of 1,015 COVID-19 cases across state school districts.

DHEC reports their cases on a two day delay, so on Tuesday the department recognized 857 cases among students and 158 cases among school employees that had been tested through Aug. 22.

But the numbers are a far cry from what individual school districts have reported on their own.

For example, the Charleston County School District reported 76 cases among students and staff. The Berkeley County School District reported 63 cases among staff members and 252 among students. Dorchester County School District 2 reported 73 cases among staff members and 438 in students. Dorchester County School District 4 says 130 people either had COVID or were being quarantined as of Monday.

DHEC does not post exact numbers if an individual school has fewer than five active cases out of privacy concerns. That makes it difficult to pinpoint a precise total by county or even by school district.

While multiple schools across the state reported at least one case in teachers or students, the following Lowcountry schools, however, reported more than five cases:

Charleston County School District

  • Meeting Street Elementary: 23 students
  • Sullivan’s Island Elementary: 7 students

Berkeley County School District

  • Cane Bay High School: 5 students

Dorchester County School District 2

  • Summerville High School: 7 students
  • Williams M. Reeves Elementary: 6 students

Beaufort County School District

  • May River High School: 6 students

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