Horry County Schools superintendent tests positive for COVID-19

CDC recommends masks in public settings

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The superintendent of Horry County Schools has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Yesterday afternoon (Monday) I received a positive COVID-19 test result,” Dr. Rick Maxey said in a statement. “So far, my symptoms have been mild, and I am hopeful that they will continue to be that way.”

Maxey said he will remain in isolation for the time “designated by health care providers and am looking forward to returning to work.”

HCS students remain in a fully virtual learning environment following their return from winter break. That announcement was made in December due to an expected increase in COVID-19 cases over the holidays.

The district originally stated those students would return to the classroom on Jan. 19. Now, school officials are learning more students and staff members tested positive for COVID-19, even after the winter break ended.

HCS leaders said a final decision has not yet been made about whether students enrolled in the hybrid learning program will return to the school grounds next week.

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