Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference this afternoon with updates about COVID-19 in South Carolina.
"This is a dangerous, deadly disease. You got to follow the rules. Wear the mask," Gov. McMaster said.
He also issued a new state of emergency and said there are no plans to lift restrictions on certain activities until the state's infection rate declines.
He said this applies to any activity which involves crowds, including movie theaters, concerts, and spectator sports.
Throughout the press conference, Gov. McMaster emphasized the need for the public to be aware that best practices are for the better of the community as a whole.
"Be considerate. That is deadly important," Gov. McMaster said.
He went on to say he has instructed DHEC to create plan to allow nursing homes visits from immediate family only.
Dr. Joan Duwve reported today's number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases at 1,273 is the second highest that the state has experienced so far.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in South Carolina to 30,263 and total deaths in the state to 694.
Additionally, today marks the highest number yet of hospitalizations; there are currently 906 patients hospitalized due to the novel coronavirus.
"South Carolina is making national and international headlines, but not in the way we'd like," Dr. Duwve said.
She pointed out that New York City, a former hotspot for COVID-19, is now requiring people from South Carolina traveling to the state of New York to quarantine for 14 days.
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