A Cherokee County school bus driver died on Thursday following his battle with COVID-19, school officials reported.
According to a spokesperson for the Cherokee County School District, the 63-year-old bus driver became ill with coronavirus during the "latter part of winter break."
He was hospitalized during that time and died this week. At this time, it is unknown if any other health issues contributed to his departure.
"...we cannot release specific medical information per privacy laws protecting our employees," the district mentioned.
"He had served CCSD for the past three years with dedication and excellence and will be missed by his students and colleagues and all who knew him," the district said.
The unidentified man bussed students in the Creekview Zone. The district said it plans to send a letter to parents in that zone to let them know of the bus driver's death.
"We continue to ask everyone in our community to follow best practices to protect themselves and their neighbors from COVID-19 including social distancing and mask usage, which is required for our employees and expected of our students," the press release stated. "If you are experiencing symptoms and/or have had close contact with someone who is positive, please stay home, seek testing and follow quarantine rules."