District employee with positive COVID-19 test results died | Covid-19 coverage
A Horry County school worker has died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to school board president Ken Richardson.
“I was shocked when I found out about this,” Richardson said. “I feel for the family and for us as we have lost a family member from the Horry County Schools.
Richardson confirmed that the deceased was an HCS bus driver.
HCS officials say they have yet to receive an official cause of death at the moment.
“Our condolences go out to all of our HCS family who have been affected by this pandemic and ask everyone to take care of themselves and their families,” said HCS spokesperson Lisa Bourcier.
Last week, HCS reported that three employees had tested positive for the virus, one working at South Conway Elementary School and two working at Socastee Elementary School.
Other information about the employee, such as his name and the school he worked at, has not yet been released.
“We want to assure our staff and all of our stakeholders that our number one priority is the health and well-being of our students and employees,” the district said in a statement last week.
The district says employees working during school closings are screened by nurses every day before work begins.
“As we all know, the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the community remains a dynamic and changing situation…” the district said.
Richardson said it was hitting too close to home.
“I hope the Horry County family can understand why we made some of the decisions we made, why we closed schools and why we are still closed,” said Richardson.
Under the decree of SC Governor Henry McMaster, schools will be closed until the end of April.