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Monday updates: SC surpasses 100,000 cases of coronavirus

Greenville News logo Greenville News 8/11/2020 Greenville News and Spartanburg Herald-Journal Staff
a group of people looking at a cell phone: Liz Brock, left, Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships for the United Way of Anderson County, fills Snack Pack bags with Chunsta Miller, General Manager of the Anderson Mall, at the Second Harvest of Metrolina warehouse in Williamston Friday, August 7, 2020. The bags of food, each for Anderson County at risk students through the Snack Pack program of the United Way of Anderson County, has juice, cereal, entrees, a fruit, a snack, and an inspirational note of encouragement. The 24 pallets of food bought from Project Preserve in Tennessee helps fill those bags, said Donal Dickens, Williamston Branch Manager of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. © Ken Ruinard / staff Liz Brock, left, Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships for the United Way of Anderson County, fills Snack Pack bags with Chunsta Miller, General Manager of the Anderson Mall, at the Second Harvest of Metrolina warehouse in Williamston Friday, August 7, 2020. The bags of food, each for Anderson County at risk students through the Snack Pack program of the United Way of Anderson County, has juice, cereal, entrees, a fruit, a snack, and an inspirational note of encouragement. The 24 pallets of food bought from Project Preserve in Tennessee helps fill those bags, said Donal Dickens, Williamston Branch Manager of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

Note: The coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly developing event, and this story contains information that was only updated through Aug. 10, 2020. Some of the information here may have changed because of the breaking nature of the pandemic; updates are reflected in more current stories. For our the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on South Carolina visit greenvillenews.com or independentmail.com.

SC coronavirus map: A look at COVID-19 cases by county and zip code

Greenville County Schools to have students attend one day a week

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Students in Greenville County Schools will start the year attending schools one day a week because of high spread of coronavirus cases in the community, the district announced Monday.

Students will do eLearning the other four days based on their last names.

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SC education agency will approve some reopening plans every two weeks

On Monday, the South Carolina's Department of Education approved all 81 school districts' reopening plans, along with the plans submitted by the two residential governor's schools.

But school districts with reopening schedules based on coronavirus spread will have to get approval of their plans every two weeks, the agency announced.

Greenville County Schools is one district in the state that will announce its fall schedule every week to two weeks, depending on the spread of coronavirus in the county. If spread is high, the district has said students will either learn remotely or attend in person one day per week.

Previously, Greenville and other districts with similar plans were approved by the state on the condition that they needed to have an in-person option for students by Sept. 14.

The state department amended that guidance on Monday to say that the plans have been approved but must be re-approved every two weeks.

SC surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 cases 

On Monday, DHEC announced 718 new confirmed cases and 17 additional confirmed deaths. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 100,431, and confirmed deaths to 1,966.

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 5,610 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 12.8%.

As of this morning, 2,467 inpatient beds are available and 7,958 are in use, which is a 76.34% statewide inpatient bed utilization rate. Of the 7,958 inpatient beds currently used, 1,353 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19. Of 1,539 ventilators, 487 are in use and 217 of those are COVID-19 patients. Of the 1,059 ICU beds currently being used, 360 are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

Gov. McMaster wants to disclose details of COVID-19 cases at SC schools

Gov. Henry McMaster wants South Carolina public health officials to disclose details of COVID-19 cases involving students and staff at the state's schools.

"The disclosure of this information is in the public's interest, and it will ensure that parents, teachers and the public have accurate and authoritative information," stated McMaster in a letter Monday to the board chairman of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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COVID-19 sweeps through Upstate SC family

When the coronavirus came for their family, they turned their home into a makeshift hospital. They sought advice from friends and acquaintances, including a nurse, paramedic and an emergency physician.

Sarai Bautista Perez, her younger brothers and their parents took turns caring for one another, depending on who felt best. They tried to drink plenty of fluids and to monitor their health with vigilance, even using an oxygen sensor someone sent in the mail.

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Here's what to know Monday

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