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Camden, South Carolina (WSPA) — Kershaw County School District officials said the number of new weekly COVID-19 cases among students and staff is declining.
Governor Henry McMaster (R, South Carolina) visited Camden Elementary School and held a roundtable meeting with school officials to discuss COVID-19 mitigation tools.
Coach Shane Robins said the new incident peaked on August 20th. This is about two weeks after classes began in Kershaw County. Since then, the number of positive COVID-19 cases and students quarantined for quarantine has declined.
“Our data shows that our community is doing a great job of keeping our buildings open,” he said.
Robins attributed this to his hierarchical approach to COVID-19. Authorities said they would carry out temperature checks, use isolation rooms for sick students, and keep students 3 feet apart. Some of these measures were implemented last year as well.
School nurses also spend a lot of time on contact tracing as they say. District nurse Elizabeth Sterling said they would review the school bus surveillance video to find close contacts.
Governor McMaster said other school districts need to implement some of these mitigation tools. He said. “Not everything is useful for everyone. It works. What they did here was to use a complete team approach with good community support, staff support, and good nurses. We use data, facts and numbers every day. “
Dr. Robins said he would encourage vaccinations and masks. During the roundtable, the principal said he noticed that more students were vaccinated and wearing masks to avoid being forced to quarantine.
Kershaw County school students and staff leave the mask optional. One-year state law prohibits faces that cover the requirements enforced and enforced in public schools using state funds.
The CDC and SCDHEC recommend universal masking in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They also said that this would reduce the number of quarantines.
Parliamentarians are required to abolish the proviso and allow the school district to decide whether to require masks.
Following the roundtable, Dr. Robins was asked by reporters if he would like the option to require a mask. He states: “Because we are a county school district, what we see varies greatly by county and community. Is it the tool you want to use? Yes, maybe. But that’s what we are doing now in our school. I don’t feel it needs to be obligatory. “
Governor Henry McMaster said he believes parents should decide whether their children wear masks at school.
“What has been done here shows that people do not have to force anything to make great progress,” he said.
DHEC announced on Wednesday that it will update its tracking method for COVID-19 cases associated with schools in South Carolina. They say that 21,000 students have been quarantined as a result of a positive COVID-19 test since the start of the new school year. Due to their close relationship, more than 86,000 students have been quarantined.
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