700 students quarantined, 77 positive cases at Horse Creek Academy in Aiken County


AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Students, faculty, and staff at Horse Creek Academy (HCA) are trying to make the best of things after hundreds of students had to be quarantined.

NewsChannel 6 spoke with Dr. Ann Marie Taylor Tuesday morning about the plight.

She stated that 700 students have been quarantined and as of Tuesday morning 77 students and faculty have test positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Taylor also said some cases are very serious. She said that three students have lost their fathers in the past three weeks.

A board meeting will be held Tuesday night to determine if students can return to in person learning next week.

As of August 24th, at 11 a.m., Aiken Regional Medical Centers has confirmed 1,607 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Aiken County.

Of these 1,607 individuals, 37 are currently receiving care in the hospital, with 10 in ICU, and 155 are deceased.

Tuesday, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 3,648 new cases of COVID-19 (3,121 confirmed, 527 probable), 10 new deaths (9 confirmed, 1 probable), and a percent positive of 16.2%.

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