COVD-19 cases rise to 925 statewide, deaths up to 18 | Covid-19 coverage
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced on Monday 151 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 925 cases in 41 counties.
A new case comes from Horry County, bringing the local total to 32 cases.
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“We’re all in the same boat,” Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician. “Today’s announcement is a stark reminder of the serious threat COVID-19 poses to our families, friends and communities. We encourage all South Carolina residents to continue to listen to the advice of our public health professionals and, if possible, to stay at home. and limit your close contact with others. “
So far, officials have reported 18 deaths in South Carolina linked to COVID-19, including three in Horry County.
“We recognize that these are difficult times and that what we call on everyone to do in our state is not easy, ”said Traxler. “But the risk of inaction is far too great. If we don’t follow all of the advice on social distancing and staying home, we can expect to see higher case rates, similar to what we’ve seen in other states.”
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel strain of coronavirus, has changed the landscape of South Carolina society.
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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered all bars and restaurants to be closed to customers from March 18, although take-out is allowed. The governor’s office said on Monday that the order would not be lifted at the end of the month.
Groups of more than three people can be dispersed by the police. Hospitals no longer allow visitors.
Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Horry County have all banned short-term rentals until April, and McMaster issued an executive order requiring all new visitors to South Carolina from COVID-19 hotspots to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.
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Non-essential employees work from home, and schools and universities across the state have moved to an online format. The state income tax deadline has been extended to July 15.
Bartenders, waiters and other hourly workers have been hit hard. Unemployment claims soared and claims for unemployment benefits rose 1,600 percent statewide in the week the governor closed bars and restaurants. That week, Horry County led the state in claims with more than 5,000 people claiming benefits. Only 112 people had applied for benefits the previous week.
COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China in December, but China only confirmed its existence in January. The virus reached America at the end of January. The disease primarily targets the respiratory system, and while the virus can still hospitalize young people, older people with weaker immune systems are more susceptible and have a higher death rate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says symptoms can appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure and some people are a-symptomatic. This means that healthy younger people without severe symptoms can still transmit the virus to more susceptible populations who might require a hospital stay to survive.
The CDC encourages people to restrict their movement, practice social distancing, wash their hands frequently with lukewarm water and soap, avoid touching their face, and regularly clean high-use personal items. in order to slow the spread of the virus.