Rising COVID Delta cases causing event cancellations, school closures
Gibson, Ga. — Rising COVID Delta cases are causing two small local counties to close their schools and go virtual already.
Glascock and Taliaferro counties announced on Friday that their school districts were going virtual until August 20. This is due to children getting COVID in the schools. Taliaferro County schools run on a year-round schedule.
Also, on Friday, the athletic directors of the seven Aiken County high schools (Aiken, Midland Valley, North Augusta, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Silver Bluff, South Aiken and Wagener-Salley) announced the cancellation of the Aiken County High School football jamboree for the second year in a row. Masks are banned in South Carolina schools in 2021-2022 even as cases rise in Aiken County and elsewhere in the state. There are no plans for the state legislature in Columbia to convene a special session to remove the provision banning masks.
While we don’t know what caused the spikes in Glascock and Taliaferro counties, we do know that irresponsible maskless people are more than likely causing the spikes in Aiken County.