Eighteen schools in the county now have positive cases of COVID-19.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) data report showing positive COVID-19 cases in both public and private schools in the county, is released every Tuesday and Friday.
The report indicated there have been less than five virus cases among the faculty at:
Ocean Drive Elementary
Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach
Among students, there have been less than five cases at each of the following schools:
Myrtle Beach High
North Myrtle Beach High
Ocean Bay Elementary
Palmetto Academy of Learning Motorsports (PALM)
St. James High
Holy Trinity Catholic School
St. Andrew Catholic School
DHEC said Wednesday that this report is cumulative, and numbers will remain even if the positive cases have recovered. They said beginning sometime in the next week, the report will also indicate how many cases each school had within the last 30 days, which will help differentiate actual current cases versus previous, recovered ones.
“Just like in our statewide numbers, it is all cases that occurred; we don't subtract as people recover,” DHEC officials said via email.
The report says 570 cases of COVID-19 are reported among the state's students, and 251 among school employees for a total of 821 school-related cases in the state.
DHEC officials explain that if there are fewer than five student cases or fewer than five staff cases associated with a school, the number of cases will be represented as less than five or <5.
This way, DHEC said, it protects confidentiality, since reporting such small numbers could lead to individuals being identified.
View all the data by visiting https://scdhec.gov/covid-19-cases-associated-staff-students
Most private schools in the county began August 17, and Horry County Schools institutions have been on a hybrid schedule of two days in-person in two separate groups, and three days distance learning since Sept. 8.
DHEC reports and guidelines thus far say HCS will be attending this same way through the end of next week. Their Disease Activity Report data that will be released tomorrow (Thursday) will determine how Horry County Schools students attend school the week of October 12.
This reporting does not mean that students, faculty or staff contracted the virus at school, DHEC clarified.
“Unlike a nursing home, where residents live at the facility, students, teachers, and faculty come and go from school and are active in their community, and could come in contact with the virus outside of a school setting,” DHEC officials said.
DHEC said that some schools may choose to announce cases themselves before they are reflected in the reports, which may have a delay as the agency receives, reviews, and confirms information, before posting it online.