DHEC investigating 21 additional cases of COVID-19 in state

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 The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating 21 additional cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.This brings the total number statewide to 81 cases in 17 counties.
“Our top priorities remain preventing the spread of the disease and protecting the public health. This includes working to control spread and sharing measures that best protect our family, friends and neighbors,” said Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist. “As cases increase, we also are prioritizing identifying close contacts who are at high risk of illness from exposure and who are more likely to have serious illness.”
New cases as of Thursday, Mar. 19:
Abbeville County: 1 new case
Anderson County: 1 new case
Beaufort County: 1 new case
Charleston County: 1 new case
Dorchester County: 1 new case
Grenville County: 4 new cases
Horery County: 1 new case
Kershaw County: 4 new cases
Lancaster County: 1 new case
Lexington County: 1 new case
Richland County: 4 new cases
Saluda County: 1 new case
As the state’s number of positive cases expectedly increases, DHEC will continue to provide the number of positive cases and the county of residence. DHEC’s COVID-19 county map provides the number of cases by county and is updated daily.
Individuals with signs of illness are asked to stay at home and not attend public gatherings. DHEC encourages the public to follow recommendations for social distancing to protect the health and safety of all South Carolinians. This includes:
washing your hands frequently,
covering your cough,
staying home when you’re sick and not attend public gatherings, and
appropriately disposing tissues and other items that you’ve sneezed or coughed into.

Several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public. For telehealth options and the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit scdhec.gov/COVID19. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC website here.