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The situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus is rapidly evolving. Unfortunately, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating multiple cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. As of this afternoon, four presumptive positive cases were identified after testing for COVID-19 was completed at DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory. These are in addition to the two presumptive positive cases the agency announced on March 6. That brings the total number of presumptive positive cases to six. The GSSM leadership team is continuing to monitor health conditions as we receive guidance from local and state health officials regarding the status of COVID-19.
Per DHEC, “In line with CDC guidance, the department does not recommend closing schools or canceling public events at this time. DHEC will monitor absentee rates in schools and businesses as well as reports of illness in the community to determine if or when closures may be recommended. DHEC also is providing updated recommendations to schools and day care facilities, colleges and universities, and organizers of large events. That updated information is publicly available at scdhec.gov/COVID19. DHEC continues to be in communication with state agencies and community partners.” The complete communication can be found here.
Here are some preventative steps that GSSM is taking:
Look for official updates from the school via email, on our coronavirus response webpage and from authoritative sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and DHEC.
We continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and respond based on guidance received from public health officials. We are prepared to respond according to this guidance and based on our institutional response plan as the situation dictates. The safety of our community is our top priority. We will continue to provide regular updates and information regarding any new response guidance that we receive.