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The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control continues to respond to the global coronavirus pandemic as the death toll rises. As of Friday, April 3rd there have been 1,554 positive cases reported across the state and a total of 31 attributable deaths.
Since the first identified case on March 6th, the DHEC has continued to positive cases by county, and estimates that the number of cases will increase in the coming weeks, but may briefly flatten as the weather gets warmer.
DHEC has launched a new heat map to visually represent the spread of the #COVID19 in the state.
— SCDHEC (@scdhec) April 2, 2020
S.C. Governor Henry McMaster ordered that all all nonessential businesses be closed indefinitely on Tuesday, March 31st. Additionally, The State reports that McMaster has ordered restaurants to close dining rooms and closed access points to state beaches and waterways. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has also just issued a mandatory stay at home order that will go in effect at 5pm on April 7th. This mean that everyone must stay home, unless they are working, obtaining essential goods, exercising or visiting family. Those who disobey this order can face a potential misdemeanor charge and fines.
For continued updates on safety information, please visit the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Center for Disease Control.