End of contact tracing and quarantines for Horry County schools | Covid-19 coverage

Schools in Horry County will pause all COVID-19 contact tracing, quarantines and the Test-to-Stay program beginning Thursday, February 24.

“According to the revised SCDHEC [South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control] guidelines, only students who have received a positive test result should self-isolate at home for at least five days,” the district said in a statement sent Wednesday afternoon.

As long as they have no symptoms, these students can return to school on the sixth day if they wear a mask until the tenth day.

Students who test positive are asked to submit the result to the school so that their attendance can be coded correctly.

Parents no longer need to submit negative COVID-19 test results to their child’s school, the district said.

These new guidelines will remain in place, according to DHEC, unless the school has 10% or more of students and staff absent due to positive tests for COVID-19 or symptoms of the virus.

The district said if the 10% threshold is met or exceeded for a two-week period, the school must activate contact tracing, student quarantines and the Test-to-Stay program for at least two weeks. , and until positive cases for that school are less than 10%.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were a total of 67 positive COVID-19 cases in the district among students and staff.

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