Health officials investigating 45 new cases of coronavirus in SC; beach restrictions announced

Health officials investigating 45 new cases of coronavirus in SC; beach restrictions announced
COVID-19 (Source: AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - State health officials announced on Friday that they are investigating 45 new cases of coronavirus in South Carolina.

The new cases include one in Charleston County, one in Berkeley County, one in Beaufort County, and two in Orangeburg County.

This brings the total number statewide to 125 cases in 25 counties, according to officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

Lowcountry municipalities announce restricted beach access in response to COVID-19

Several Lowcountry municipalities also announced on Friday that they were restricting the public’s beach access in response to the coronavirus.

Edisto Beach Town Council passed a resolution to restrict access for 14 days starting Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Folly Beach City Council voted unanimously to restrict access effective Friday at 2 p.m. Beach access will be restricted between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. through March 31, according to the newly-passed ordinance.

Isle of Palms City Council voted unanimously Friday morning to restrict access beginning Saturday morning. Under the Isle of Palms ordinance, access to the beach will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Saturday.

The Town of Sullivan’s Island voted to restrict beach access by the general public between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. starting on Saturday.

Mayor: ‘Stay home’ to keep Charleston from becoming COVID-19 ‘hotspot’

Earlier in the day, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg held a press conference and released information on the city’s plans to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and made three requests.

“I like to have three pretty simple requests of our citizens today. Number one, stay at home. Limit your trips to only those that are essential in order to reduce the spread of this virus," Tecklenburg said.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends against unnecessary travel, shopping trips and social visits as a safety precaution.

“Number two, if you develop the symptoms, a cough or fever, self-quarantine immediately,” he said.

He urged anyone who experiences symptoms to go online to MUSC’s telehealth website, musc.care, to get in line for the system to determine whether you need to be tested.

“Number three, and under the heading of being a good neighbor, don’t hoard groceries and other household supplies," he said. “There’s going to be plenty to go around we’re keeping the grocery stores open. They’ll be resupplied.”

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