298 cases of coronavirus, 5 deaths in S.C.; governor orders officials to disperse groups of 3+ in public

  

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, have shot up in the state of South Carolina on Monday.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 103 more cases, bringing the total to 298 cases in 34 counties across the state.

Five people have died so far in South Carolina, DHEC confirmed. All of those patients were elderly people with underlying health conditions.

Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist, said the state is now in the “acceleration” phase of the outbreak.

“This disease is here, it’s in our communities, and we all have a part to play in helping to stop the spread of it,” she said.

Bell said everyone in the state — whether the virus is identified in their community or not — needs to heed public health warnings and practice good hygiene.

Five people have died so far in South Carolina, DHEC confirmed. All of those patients were elderly people with underlying health conditions.

Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist, said the state is now in the “acceleration” phase of the outbreak.

“This disease is here, it’s in our communities, and we all have a part to play in helping to stop the spread of it,” she said.

Bell said everyone in the state — whether the virus is identified in their community or not — needs to heed public health warnings and practice good hygiene.

In Monday’s news conference, the governor updated the state’s response to fight the spread of the virus.

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