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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 4,000 student laptops are missing in one South Carolina school district and officials say they will soon have to turn the matter over to police.

Greenville County's public school district has been trying to recover the Chromebooks, valued at almost $1.2 million, since June.

Initially 4,992 machines were missing, Greenville County Schools spokesman Tim Waller said. Recovery efforts turned up another 800 and families reported that an additional 208 were lost or stolen, he said.

“We will report whatever information is necessary to recover our devices,” Waller told The Post and Courier. “That may include the names of parents/guardians.”

With nearly 4,000 machines still unaccounted for, the district will have to submit an insurance claim. The only way the claim will be honored, Waller said, is if the machines have been reported as lost or stolen to local law enforcement.

“Since the end of the last school year, there have been multiple, multiple attempts to get these Chromebooks back,” Waller said.

Parents and guardians of children who failed to give their laptops back at the end of the school year have been contacted five or six times by phone, email and with visits to their homes, he said.

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Theodore Alston, 77, Discharged From Long Island Hospital After Nearly 5 Month Battle With Coronavirus; They Brought Me Back To Life

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island family is celebrating Thursday. Their loved one is finally home after a nearly five month battle with COVID-19.

Behind 77-year-old Theodore Alston’s mask was a giant smile when he saw his family face-to-face for the first time in a long time, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported.

“I’m so happy. I’m just so happy,” said Alston.

Thursday was “discharge day” for Alston, who was isolated from his family for four-and-a-half months battling the coronavirus.

“I couldn’t see my wife, my children, all of my friends, my son. I love them,” he said.

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Alston was admitted to North Shore Hospital on March 28. His family said he was on a ventilator for more than two months.

On the long road to recovery, Alston went to the Northwell Health Stern Family Center for rehabilitation in July.

Alston left Thursday to head back to his home in Hempstead, but his medical team wasn’t sure this day would ever come.

“The doctors and nurses all told me they really didn’t think I was gonna make it,” said Alston.

“They didn’t spare anything when it came to fighting to save his life,” said Alston’s wife Jeanette.

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Both Alston and his wife are forever grateful to the front line workers.

“The people here treated me so well. The therapists and all of the caretakers treated me so well. They brought me back to life,” he said.

“An amazing day. A day that, for a long time, we weren’t sure was going to come, but thank god it did,” she said.

Alston told CBS2 the first thing he wanted to do when he got home was have a good turkey dinner with his family.

Of course, his wife made it happen.

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