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First Florence County death reported

on Tuesday, 24 March 2020. Posted in News, Local News

First Florence County death reported

South Carolina officials on Sunday announced 22 new cases of the novel coronavirus. This brings the total number of cases in the state to 195 in 33 counties.

On Friday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Florence County’s first death related to COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The person was elderly and had an underlying health condition.

Of the new cases reported Sunday, four of the cases were in Charleston County. There were also two cases each in Beaufort, Greenville, Horry, Lancaster and York counties. Berkeley, Colleton, Darlington, Hampton and Kershaw counties each have one new case while Richland County has three new cases. 

As the number of South Carolina’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise, including three deaths announced on Saturday, government officials are urging residents to stay home in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The weekend has hit the state especially hard as testing became more widespread, adding Sunday’s total to those noted Saturday: 46 new cases reported by DHEC.

DHEC emphasizes the importance of practicing disease prevention measures and following recommendations for social distancing to protect the health and safety of all South Carolinians.

This includes:

• Washing your hands often.

• Covering your cough.

• Staying home when you’re sick, and

• Appropriately disposing of tissues and other items that you’ve sneezed or coughed into.

DHEC will alert the public on all COVID-19-related deaths. For the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit www.scdhec.gov/COVID-19.

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