Beaufort High employee’s COVID-19 test comes back negative

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – Test results of COVID-19 for a Beaufort High School employee came back negative, the Beaufort County School District (BCSD) said Thursday.

The school district said the employee was tested “out of an abundance of caution.” Additional details on the employee’s position at the school were not released.

BCSD said the employee will return to work once a medical professional clears them.

For the next 30 days, student trips that are “non-essential” will be postponed. BCSD will reevaluate that window each week to determine if that timeframe should be extended.

Career and Technical Education student internships in healthcare-related settings have also been suspended. This affects about 45 to 50 high school students district-wide.

BCSD is awaiting guidance from the South Carolina High School League regarding scheduled athletic competitions.

“Custodians are continuing to treat all classrooms every day – not only at Beaufort High but at all district schools – with a hospital-grade disinfectant,” the school district added.

BCSD said they are following recommendations from state health and education officials, adding that neither the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the South Carolina Department of Education has recommended any school closures at this point.

There are currently no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Beaufort County.

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