CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Health officials announced on Tuesday afternoon that there are 158 new cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in addition to four more deaths related to the virus.
There is now a total of 1,083 cases in 42 counties, according to officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The county with most new cases reported today is Charleston County with 19 followed by Beaufort County with 17. Currently, Richland County has the most positive cases with 148 followed by Charleston County with 142.
As of Tuesday night, there have been 5,699 tests for coronavirus with 1,083 testing positive and 4,616 testing negative.
State health officials also announced four more COVID-19 related deaths which brings the state’s total number of deaths to 22.
Three patients were elderly people who had underlying health conditions, and one patient was a middle-aged person who did not have underlying health conditions.
They were residents of Aiken, Calhoun, Marion, and York counties.
According to Dr. Linda Bell with DHEC, the deaths we’ve seen in South Carolina related to the virus follows the expected pattern that the majority are older individuals with underlying medical conditions.
However, with Tuesday’s virus-related death involving a middle-aged person with no underlying health conditions, Bell said health officials know that younger people who have underlying medical conditions may also be more severely affected, and that anyone in any age group can have severe reactions to the virus.
Bell once again emphasized the need for the public to stay home whenever possible and limit close contact with others.
“This is a challenging time, and it will not end soon,” she said. ”We’re calling on everyone across our state to do things that are not easy. Here in South Carolina and across the country, we are now faced with making very difficult decisions about the most effective measures we can take to save lives.”
The new cases reported Tuesday are located in the following counties:
- Abbeville County: 1 case
- Aiken County: 4 cases
- Anderson County: 8 cases
- Bamberg County: 2 cases
- Beaufort County: 17 cases
- Berkeley County: 1 case
- Calhoun County: 1 case
- Charleston County: 19 cases
- Clarendon County: 7 cases
- Dorchester County: 5 cases
- Fairfield County: 1 case
- Florence County: 4 cases
- Georgetown County: 2 cases
- Greenville County: 18 cases
- Greenwood County: 2 cases
- Horry County: 5 cases
- Kershaw County: 6 cases
- Lancaster County: 1 case
- Lexington County: 13 cases
- Oconee County: 1 case
- Orangeburg County: 1 case
- Pickens County: 1 case
- Richland County: 13 cases
- Spartanburg County: 7 cases
- Sumter County: 5 cases
- York County: 13 cases
RSFH officials reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday morning, bringing the total number to 53.
Six of the confirmed COVID-19 patients have been admitted to one of our hospitals, and the remainder were asked to self-quarantine at home, Lyons said.
Also on Tuesday, Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the closure of all non-essential business in South Carolina in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.
McMaster said the executive order will go into place on April 1.
You can find a full list of the businesses affected here which includes salons, bowling alleys, gyms and spas.
The executive order will be in effect for 15 days, however the governor said that could change if conditions change.
According to state government officials, if a business is not explicitly addressed in the governor’s executive order, the business should continue normal operations until a determination is made.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie issued a proclamation on Tuesday ordering its residents to stay at home for the next 14 days.
It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday and runs through April 15, he said.
Haynie said it will follow the CDC guidelines for which businesses are classified as “essential.”
It also puts a temporary stop to short-term rentals.
It also extends Mount Pleasant’s State of Emergency declaration through April 15, he said.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said the city would not issue a Stay-at-Home order for residents there.
Summey said the city has been and would continue to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus the state has provided.
Summey says most businesses have been obeying those rules. But authorities are asking larger businesses within the city limits to operate at less than half of their normal occupancy.
They say this will allow shoppers to be able to spread out while getting the things they need.