COVID-19 testing opportunities in Marlboro County

COLUMBIA —The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is providing regular updates for COVID-19 mobile testing events and permanent testing sites at the regional level.

Pedestrian hit, killed by vehicle on Highway 38 South

A Bennettsville man is dead after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 38 South early Monday morning (Aug. 24).


Fifth COVID-19 death reported for Marlboro County

10 new cases confirmed

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting a COVID-19 death in an elderly individual in Marlboro County on Sunday, Aug. 16.
This is the fifth COVID-19 death in the county.
Ten new cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed, which brings the case count to 540 cases. There are 101 active cases in the county.
Statewide, there are 105,466 cases and 2,165 deaths. DHEC also reported 537 new cases in the state.

MCHS cheerleader tests positive for COVID-19

A cheerleader at Marlboro County High School has tested positive for COVID-19, Marlboro County School District officials said in a statement on Tuesday.
District officials, who were notified on Tuesday, said they have disinfected all areas that they believe the cheerleaders may have been present and all practices have been canceled until further notice.
Although all social distancing precautions were in place, school officials have notified the parents of all students involved with the cheerleading squads. 
Each has been notified to take the necessary quarantine protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Everyone is encouraged to continue to follow the guidelines of social distancing, constant and consistent washing of the hands, and wearing a mask at all times when possible. 
Officials said they will continue to do all that they can to ensure the safety of the students and staff but will need the support of the community.

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to make landfall early Tuesday morning

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to make landfall around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.
During a Monday afternoon Zoom emergency response planning meeting, Marlboro County E911/Emergency Management Director Steve Akers said there was a question as to what part of South Carolina or the very southern coast of North Carolina is the storm expected to make landfall.
The storm may regain hurricane strength before making landfall. Two to four inches of rain is predicated with winds of around 35 mph with possible gusts of 50 mph. 
"The ground is already fairly wet in Marlboro," Akers said. "Given that a good sustained wind of 35 mph will probably bring some trees down so we may have some power outages."
It was noted that the water in Crooked Creek and Pee Dee River was very low along with Lake Paul  Wallace not being high.
Akers felt the county should be able to sustain three or four inches of rain relatively easy.
The arrival time of tropical winds is around 8 p.m. so Akers has planned to open the Emergency Operations Center at 6 p.m. It will include a representative from Bennettsville Police Department, Marlboro Sheriff's Office, Bennettsville Fire Department, Marlboro Emergency Medical Services, Marlboro County Fire, and City of Bennettsville Utilities.
"It is a lot better to have us in place should things happen than to try to herd us all back in here in the middle of 40 mph winds and driving rain," he said.
Akers added there were no plans to open a shelter here or statewide.
"This looks like something we can handle relatively well," he said.