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Bamberg County schools go virtual; three Orangeburg County residents die of coronavirus

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Bamberg County school districts 1 and 2 have returned to virtual learning due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases and the number of students and staff who are quarantining.

Virtual learning will begin Wednesday and continue though Wednesday, Sept. 8.

“The district will continue to monitor COVID rates among staff and students during this time and adjust dates if necessary following Labor Day,” the districts announced online. The districts will post an update on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

“All staff except those in isolation or in quarantine are to report to schools and work during normal working times,” the district’s statement said.

Meanwhile, three additional Orangeburg County residents have died of the coronavirus, according to figures released Monday by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The deaths were reported over a three-day period and released by DHEC on Monday.

Orangeburg County reported 255 new cases of the coronavirus over the three-day period. Bamberg County had 11 new cases and Calhoun County had 23 new cases.

Statewide, there are 12,823 new, confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 86 confirmed deaths.

The total number of confirmed cases is now 592,909 and confirmed deaths is 9,259.

The totals by county are:

• Orangeburg County: 255 new cases, 10,823 total cases and a total of 255 deaths and 11 probable deaths.

• Bamberg County: 11 new cases, 1,612 total cases and a total of 54 deaths and one probable death.

• Calhoun County: 23 new cases, 1,401 total cases and a total of 34 deaths and 9 probable deaths.

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