Barnwell School District 45
The district has created a comprehensive plan that contains information on all aspects of our operations during the COVID pandemic.
Our District’s Data as of January 9, 2021
The district is closely monitoring the county and statewide numbers, but we are also closely monitoring the numbers within our schools. We are keeping an extensive list regarding any staff member or student who has tested positive or who is quarantining at this time because of close contact during the holidays.
The number of staff, for those currently in isolation or quarantine, has decreased both in positive cases and close contacts in the last week. We continuously monitor these numbers, and these are our most current totals as of 1/8/21, which have been confirmed by our school-level administrators.
Understanding the Data Online
We understand the DHEC data can sometimes be confusing, so please don't hesitate to have an administrator or school nurse assist in reading any data reported on their website.
There have been questions about Barnwell County having a 38% positivity rate reported online. This percentage is a two-week percent positive rate for testing, which is the percentage of individuals who tested positive out of the number of individuals tested with a molecular (swab or PCR) test in the last two weeks for each county. The metric takes into consideration the number of tests performed for residents of the county in the previous two weeks, not a percentage of positive cases out of the county's total population.
We have also had questions about the incident rate per 100,000 people. Because Barnwell County has approximately 21,000 citizens, they take the number of positive cases confirmed and correlate it to 100,000 citizens. Because we are a smaller county, it does not mean we have had that many cases in two weeks, and it does skew the data.
Our total number of cases within our county from December 25th to January 6th is 280, with over 100 of these being confirmed in Williston and Blackville's zip codes. Also, we are closely monitoring the trend of the number of daily confirmed cases within our county, which has decreased in the past week as we have analyzed the new numbers.
In understanding the county numbers within the current release of data from DHEC regarding over 5,000 new cases reported on January 6th, 16 of those cases were in Barnwell County. Less than 10 were in our district’s service area.
Please know we take this very seriously and any case is one too many. We implore our families and community members to follow DHEC’s recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to closely monitor the trends within our district-specific data.
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There are numerous resources from the South Carolina and Federal government to help you, your family, and community. Please take advantage of the below resources while we continue to combat the coronavirus.