CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Gov. Henry McMaster said he expects restrictions on the state’s entertainment venues to be lifted soon.
During a press conference Thursday afternoon, the governor said he and state officials were looking into those businesses, which include bowling alleys and theaters.
The governor also spoke about the state’s knowledge of COVID-19 which he says has changed since the beginning of the pandemic with state health officials having a better understanding of the virus and those who are most at risk.
“Those that most at risk are the elderly, those in rural areas, those in poorer areas of the state and minority communities,” McMaster said Thursday afternoon. ”And when you have combinations of those with underlying chronic conditions, that is where most of the fatalities are resulting.”
McMaster also touched on the state’s increasing ability to test more people with DHEC having tested more than 110,000 people in May.
The governor said the increase in positive cases was something that was expected, but said that the 28-day average of cases was going down.
“And that’s a good sign and that gives us confidence that we’re on the right track,” McMaster said.
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McMaster said although businesses are reopening and restrictions are being lifted throughout the state, South Carolinians still need to be careful and practice social distancing.
“The virus is still here and is just as deadly as it was before,” McMaster said. “It’s not weaker than it was before, it’s just as strong as it was before. It can be fatal. So we must be careful.”
The governor said he is confident in what the state has accomplished in relation to the virus and the reopening of businesses.