GEORGETOWN – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt sporting events along the Grand Strand.
Georgetown County Parks and Recreation announced Jan. 24 that its NBA 3v3 junior basketball league will be delayed for at least one more week due to the virus.
The league was supposed to start practices on Jan. 18, but a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases has led to a shortage of coaches and staff to run the league. League staff had hoped practices could start the week of Jan. 24 instead, but decided against it with the increase in cases.
Based on statistics from the Georgetown County School District, on January 21 there were 710 students in quarantine and 300 students who tested positive for COVID-19. On top of that, 136 staff members tested positive and 68 were in quarantine. The Parks and Recreation Department is also having staffing issues because of the virus.
The league hopes to be able to start practices on January 31, with games following a week later. Games missed due to COVID-19 related delays would be added at the end of the season.
“Hopefully we’ll be in a much better place next week,” Georgetown County Parks and Recreation Manager Loren Wallace said. “But the important thing is to make sure that we limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible and that children can return to school first and foremost.”