Five new cases of COVID-19, 1 death reported in South Carolina, DHEC says

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CLOUDS IN PLACE. >> FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS OUT OF WASHINGTON. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OUTLINING NEW GUIDELINES TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. >> AVOID GATHERING IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE. AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL. WE WANT TO REMIND YOU AGAIN, THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE AVOID GATHERINGS LARGER THAN 10 PEOPLE. THAT C1 UNNECESSARY TRAVEL AVOID EATING BARS AND RESTAURANTS ALL TOGETHER AND MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY WE NEED TO HEED THESE GUIDELINES. AND WE ARE ALSO FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS OUT OF SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE REPORTING THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS RELATED DEATH IN THE OFFICIALS SAY THE PATIENT WAS FROM LEXINGTON COUNTY AND LIVED AT THE LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER EXTENDED CARE SKILLED. SING FACILITY NOW OFFICIALS AT THE FACILITY SAY THEY’RE WORKING TO IDENTIFY ANYONE WHO CAME IN. CONTACT WITH THE IT HEALTH OFFICIALS IN SOUTH CAROLINA SAY THREE PEOPLE IN THE UPSTATE HAVE TESTED PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE FOR COVE IN. AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES IN THE STATE IS 33 OF SAY TO PATIENTS HAVE TESTED PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AT ANMED HEALTH AND THEY ARE BEING ISOLATED AT THE HOSPITAL. WE ARE ALSO TOLD A YOUNG ADULT IN GREENVILLE COUNTY HAS ALSO TESTED PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE NOW PRESUMPTIVE POSITIVE MEANS THE CASES HAVE NOT YET BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE CDC. OFFICIALS SAY THAT PERSON IN GREENVILLE COUNTY RECENTLY. TRAVEL TO SPAIN AND RIGHT NOW THAT PERSON IS ISOLATED. AND ALSO TONIGHT A PERSON FROM NEW YORK WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONA VIRUS IS BEING MONITORED AFTER VISITING ASHEVILLE RIGHT NOW NORTH CAROLINA 33 CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE STATE. WE’RE TOLD THE PATIENT VISITED BUNCOMBE COUNTY FROM TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT AND IS NOW IN ISOLATION IN. AIKEN COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE 100 21 CASES OF 19 IN GEORGIA AND HAS BEEN ONE DEATH THERE. WE’RE ALSO FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS ON WALL STREET TONIGHT ANOTHER MASSIVE SELL-OFF FOR STOCKS TODAY. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THE MAJOR INDEXES CLOSED ABOUT AN HOUR AGO AND LOOK AT THAT ALL THREE IN THE RED AND YES THE DOW JONES LOSING NEARLY. THOUSAND POINTS TRADING TODAY THE LOSSES COME JUST ONE DAY AFTER THE FEDERAL RESERVE CUT INTEREST RATES TO BASICALLY THE LAST TIME THE PRIME RATE WAS THIS LOW WAS DURING THE GLOBAL RECESSION ABOUT A DECADE AGO. THE FED ALSO SAYS IT WILL PURCHASE SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS OF BONDS AND MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES. IT’S WORKING WITH INTERNATIONAL BANKS TO LOWER RATES ON CURRENCY. THE FEDERAL RESERVE COULD TAKE RATES INTO THE NEGATIVE TERRITORY, BUT THE CHAIRMAN HAS RESISTED. THAT IDEA IT’S MEAN ALSO WHAT ARE INVESTORS TELLING THEIR CUSTOMERS TO DO WITH THEIR MONEY RIGHT NOW. WE ASKED GREENVILLE FINANCIAL ADVISOR BOB NACHMAN THOSE EXACT QUESTIONS. FOR INVESTORS WE WOULD RECOMMEND FIRST OF ALL HAVING ENOUGH CASH. JUST TO MAKE IT THROUGH IT. IN BOTH THE ECONOMY. FOR THE STOCK MARKET DOES TYPE RESERVES WOULD BE MONEY MARKET FUNDS. SAVINGS ACCOUNTS CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT ONCE YOU HAVE THAT COVERED WE ACTUALLY BELIEVE THIS IS A POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITY TO BEST FOR THOSE WITH A MORE COMING UP TONIGHT ON WYFF NEWS 4 AT 6:00. WE ASK WHAT HE’S TELLING HIS CLIENTS TODAY. AN UPSTATE WOMAN SAYS SHE’S HAD TO JUMP OVER HURDLES TO GET TESTED FOR THE CORONA VIRUS. SHE SPOKE WITH OUR TAGGART HAVE TODAY TAGGART IS JOINING US LIVE IN GREENVILLE COUNTY WITH THE LATEST. STAGGER GABRIELLE SHE SAYS IT WAS ONLY AFTER THE SECOND TIME THAT YOU WENT TO PRISON MY HEALTH. DID SHE GET TESTED? SHE SAYS THE GAP THERE WAS SEVERAL HOURS. RIGHT NOW SHE SAYS SHE IS IN SELF QUARANTINE I STARTED HAVING BODY ACHES. CHERLENE SHANKS OF GREENVILLE HAS HAD A DIFFICULT MORNING ALICE. DIDN’T HOLD ANYTHING ON MY STOMACH IN THE BODY ACHES WERE EXCRUCIATING. YOU TURNED AROUND HEADING STRAIGHT TO HER FAMILY DOCTOR. IT MYSELF I DID HAVE A FEVER. AND NURSE PRACTITIONER WROTE ME A HOARDER. OUT OF FRANCE LE TO BE TESTED. SO SHE WENT TO THE HEALTH SYSTEMS DRIVE THROUGH TESTING SET UP THIS MORNING AT GREENVILLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. THEY SAID THEY CAN’T TAKE LONG PAPER ORDER. SO I’M TRYING TO CALL MY DOCTOR’S OFFICE. SHE SAYS HER DOCTOR COULDN’T SEND IT ELECTRONICALLY. FIRST HEALTH TOLD HER TO COME BACK THIS AFTERNOON. SHE TALKED TO US IN. DOLPHIN POSE I DO NOT FEEL GOOD, BUT I GOTTA KNOW. YOU KNOW. IF I HAVE THE FULL OF THE CORONA VIRUS, I GOTTA KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON. THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM SAYS IT WANTS TO KEEP STAFF AWAY FROM PAPER ORDERS AND DOESN’T ANYONE TO COME IN WITH ONE. WE’RE TRYING TO AVOID IT. CHANGE OF INFORMATION OR MATERIAL BETWEEN OUR PERP OUR CAREGIVERS IN THE PATIENT’S SO WE’RE IN. PROCESS OF TRYING TO GIVE PATIENTS MORE ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC MEDIA IF YOU WANT TO GET TESTED PRISMA HEALTH WANT YOU TO DO SO THROUGH ITS VIRTUAL ORDER PLATFORM. FIRST NEED A DOCTOR’S RECOMMENDATION SIGN UP IN THE ONLINE SYSTEM SHOULDN’T TAKE MORE THAN 10 MINUTES. WE’RE TRYING TO GET. LITTLE BIT MORE ABLE TO HELP WITH BEING ABLE TO TAKE ORDERS, BUT OTHER MEANS OTHER THAN ARE IN. LITTLE RECORD SYSTEM UNTIL TOMORROW THE NEXT NEXT DAY WE DON’T ANTICIPATE BEING ABLE TO THINGS THAT WE SPOKE WITH CHARLENE AFTER SHE WAS TESTED NO WORD YET WHETHER THAT’S A POSITIVE OR A NEGATIVE TEST. THE TEST ITSELF WERE TOLD TAKES AT THIS POINT ABOUT 48 HOURS THROUGH PRISMA HEALTH SYSTEMS OF DOCTORS SAY THEY HOPE THAT THAT WILL ACCELERATE IN THE NEXT DAYS, NIGEL AND GABRIELLE INTEGRA QUESTION FOR YOU, WHAT ARE OFFICIALS THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS TO GET TESTED AND HOW DO YOU DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SHOULD? GABRIELLE WITH THIS POINT THEY’RE JUST SAYING THEY WANT A RECOMMENDATION FROM YOUR DOCTOR. AND SO IF YOU HAVE A DOCTOR THEY NEED THAT RECOMMENDATION FROM THE DOCTOR IF YOU DON’T HAVE A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, THEY SAY GO AND TAKE THAT VIRTUAL. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THERE IN THE WE’LL ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT A TEST WOULD BE ORIENTED WE’RE NOW IN GREENVILLE TAGGART. HOW COULD BE YFF NEWS? AN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND IF YOU THINK AS HAGAR WAS SAYING THAT YOU HAVE THE VIRUS IN NEED TO VISIT A DOCTOR A VIRTUAL TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENT MIGHT BE. THE ANSWER AND USC IS OFFERING A FREE TOOL TO GET CHECKED YOU CAN GO TO WWW.MWUCLINICS.COM CARE AND SURE, THE CODE COVET 19TH THERE YOU CAN ALSO. GET A FREE. ONLINE MEDICAL SCREENING DOCTOR REMINDER IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIRUS, YOU CAN CALL THE DK THE DHEC CARE LINE. NUMBERS RIGHT THERE ON YOUR SCREEN NOW EIGHT FIVE FIVE FOUR SEVEN, TWO, THREE FOUR, THREE TWO, IT IS OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 8 A.M. TO 6 P.M. WELL TESTING FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL CORONA VIRUS IS OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY IN THE US. THE PHASE 1 CLINICAL TRIAL BEGAN TODAY IN WASHINGTON STATE THE TRIAL INVOLVES A TOTAL OF 45 VOLUNTEERS EVEN IF THE TRIAL GOES WELL EXPERTS SAY A VACCINE WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR WIDESPREAD USE FOR AT LEAST. HERE SO ARE THERE ARE OVER? ALLYSON CASEY IN THE U.S. SOUTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS. SO IN ORDER TO KEEP STUDENTS. I’M GOING HUNGRY GREENVILLE COUNTY SERVING MEALS DURING THIS UNPLANNED CLOSURE NOW THE COUNTY DESIGNATED 15 SCHOOLS FOR THE DRIVE-THROUGH MEAL PROGRAM. IN ORDER TO CONTINUE SOCIAL DISTANCING NEWS AND PARENTS WON’T GO INTO SCHOOLS. THEY’LL BE SERVED WITHOUT LEAVING THEIR CARS. ANYONE UNDER 18 CAN GET A FREE. BREAKFAST STARTING AT 8 AND A FREE LUNCH STARTING AT 11:00. THIS WILL CONTINUE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND UNTIL SCHOOLS. A LOT OF KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, THIS MIGHT BE THEIR ONLY MEAL THEY GET TODAY. YOU KNOW SOME OF THE LESS FORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE AROUND THE DISTRICT, YOU KNOW, WE’RE JUST SET UP GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO EAT. OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE IMPLEMENTED SIMILAR PROGRAMS. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM AND FOUR.COM SOUTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE IS SUSPENDING ALL SPRING SPORT SUSPENSION WILL LAST THROUGH APRIL 5TH AND INCLUDES ALL PRACTICES WORKOUTS AND OR OPEN. SKILL DEVELOPMENT THIS IS A THIS MOVE COMES AS THE CORONA VIRUS CONTINUES. IS TO SPREAD AND GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOLS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT 4K REGISTRATION AND GREENING ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR FIRST THROUGH THE THIRD ARE CANCELED. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY ALTERNATE PLANS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ONCE COOLED. TURN TO REGULAR. FALLS RIGHT NOW SPECTRUM IS OFFERING FREE BROADBAND AND WI-FI ACCESS FOR 60 DAYS TO HOUSEHOLDS WITH K THROUGH 12 STUDENTS AND OR COLLEGE STUDENTS. WHO DO NOT ALREADY HAVE A SPECTRUM SUBSCRIPTION? THIS IS FOR ANYWHERE SPECTRUM. IS AVAILABLE TO ENROLL CALL SPECTRUM AT THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN. IT’S ONE EIGHT FOUR FOUR FOUR EIGHT EIGHT EIGHT THREE NINE. FIVE OFFICIALS SAY INSTALLATION FEES WILL BE WAVE FOR NEWS DOING HOUSEHOLDS AND THE MAY 2ND SATS ARE CANCELED THE COLLEGE BOARD MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY AND ALSO CANCELLED MARCH 14. MAKEUP EXAMS WHICH WERE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28TH REGISTERED STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE REFUNDS ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FROM THE COLLEGE BOARD, WHICH ALSO STATES THAT THE ORGANIZATION WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TEST DATES AS SOON IS FEASIBLE THE JUNALUSKA? SIX SAT IS ON SCHEDULE FOR NOW, THE CTS HAVE ALSO CANCELED THEIR APRIL 4TH TEST. WHAT SOUTH CAROLINA MAN UNDER QUARANTINE AT DOBBINS AIR FORCE BASE IN GEORGIA IS HOPING TO GET RELEASED FROM HE CALLS A PRISON. TODD SITES WHO IS FROM ANDERSON SENT US THESE PICTURES TODAY. HE’S IN DAY SIX OF HIS ONE TEAM HE AND HIS FAMILY WERE ON THE GRAND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP THAT HAD AN OUTBREAK OF COVE IN 19. IT DOCKED IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA. THEY SAY THEY FEEL FINE AND ARE FRUSTRATED. THEY ARE NOT GETTING THE OPTION TO SELF QUARANTINE AT. OR PORTRAYED IN BLOCK LETTERS IN TERMS OF YOU KNOW, IT’S WRONG. NONE OF US ARE SICK, AND THAT, YOU KNOW, THERE MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSURE BUT THERE’S SOME EXPOSURE IN A LOT OF PLACES IN THE COUNTRY. ORANGE AND EVERYBODY SIPES IS WORKING WITH SOUTH CAROLINA TO GET RELEASED. SO HE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND. CAN THEN QUARANTINE. HOME HARRAH’S CHEROKEE. CASINO IS BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR A TWO WEEK. AREA DEFECTIVE WEDNESDAY MORNING OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE NO REPORTS OF THE CORONA VIRUS AT THE FACILITY AND THE ARE FOR THE HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES. AND GUESTS TOLD EMPLOYEES WILL BE PAID FOR THEIR TIME OFF. AND BECAUSE OF THE CORONA VIRUS HIM GOVERNOR HENRY MCMASTER POSTPONED ALL MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY. ELECTIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA, THE DELAYED ELECTIONS INCLUDE THE MARCH 31ST SPECIAL ELECTIONS IN WEST PELZER AND MALDEN APRIL 7TH GENERAL ELECTION IN ANDERSON THE APRIL 28TH SCHOOL BOARD SPECIAL ELECTION IN ABBEVILLE COUNTY ALSO THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 55 SPECIAL ELECTION. AND A SPECIAL ELECTION IN PACOLET FOR A FULL LIST ADELAIDE ELECTIONS YOU CAN GO TO WYFF4.COM ON THE GOVERNOR SAYS ALL OF THE ELECTIONS WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR SOMETIME AFTER MAY. FIRST AND WHILE VOTING HAS BEEN HAS BEEN POSTPONED IN SEVERAL AREAS FILING FOR CANDIDACY WITH SC ELECTIONS COMMISSION STILL OPEN TODAY, IT OPENED AT NOON TODAY AND WILL LAST UNTIL NOON ON MARCH 30TH. CANDIDATES SEEKING OFFICE IN THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION MUST FILE DURING PERIOD NOW DUE TO EFFORTS TO CONTAIN THE CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HAS PUSHED BACK OPENING DAY. ONCE AGAIN, THE MAJOR LEAGUE SEASON WILL NOT START MID-MAY AT THE EARLIEST. BASEBALL COMMISSIONER ROB MANFRED MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING A CONFERENCE CALL WITH EXECUTIVES FROM THE 30 MAJOR LEAGUE. CDC HAS RECOMMENDED THAT GATHERINGS HAVE 50 PEOPLE MORBID CANCEL OF. BONED ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR THE NEXT EIGHT WEEKS. AND PLAYERS AGREE THAT TOO. TO FOUR WEEKS OF ADDITIONAL SPRING TRAINING WILL BE NEEDED BEFORE THE REGULAR SEASON. AS THE CORONA VIRUS CONTINUES TO AFFECT OUR AREA. BE SURE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN FOR CONSTANT UPDATES ABOUT CLOSURES AND CANCELLATIONS. THAT SAME LIST OF CLOSURES AND CANCELLATIONS CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WYFF NEWS 4 MOBILE APP AND WI-FI FOR CALM HAPPENING THIS WEEK. OUR NATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE UNIT WILL BE ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS. IT WILL HAPPEN LIVE AT ONE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ON THE WYFF4.COM SPOKE PAGE. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION SEND AN EMAIL TO THE ADDRESS ON YOUR SCREEN INVESTIGATE.

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Five new cases of COVID-19, 1 death reported in South Carolina, DHEC says

New cases are in Lexington, Kershaw County

After reporting the first COVID-19 death in South Carolina Monday morning, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it is investigating five additional cases, as of Monday afternoon. This brings the total number of cases statewide to 33.As the state’s case counts are expected to increase, the DHEC will publicly report information about facilities and locations that impacted communities should be aware of where special precautions may be needed.“We emphasize the importance of practicing disease prevention measures and following recommendations for social distancing to protect our community as a whole,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician consultant.Preliminary information for new casesOne new case is from Lexington County. The case is an elderly person who was a close contact to a previously reported case. This person remains in isolation at a healthcare facility. Four new cases are from Kershaw County. Three of the cases are middle-aged individuals who are known contacts to a previously reported case and are currently isolated at home. One case is an elderly person. Investigation is underway and further details are not currently available. People with symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath should call their health care provider. If an individual doesn’t have a primary care physician, several health care systems are providing telehealth services so residents may be evaluated by a health care provider without having to leave their homes. If it’s determined an individual should be tested, they will be instructed where to go to be tested. Individuals with minor illness are advised not to go to emergency departments.>>The LATEST on Coronavirus in SC, NC, Georgia.>>Read more on the coronavirus in WYFF 4’s special section“We know that many South Carolinians are concerned about what impact this virus may have on themselves, their loved ones, and our state,” Traxler said. “This is a rapidly evolving public health event, and DHEC takes every new infectious disease seriously. The state’s first reported death is an example of the importance of taking precautions to protect those at higher risk, like the elderly and people with serious underlying health conditions.”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 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.DHEC will alert the public on all COVID-19 related deaths. For the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC website here.

After reporting the first COVID-19 death in South Carolina Monday morning, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it is investigating five additional cases, as of Monday afternoon.

This brings the total number of cases statewide to 33.

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As the state’s case counts are expected to increase, the DHEC will publicly report information about facilities and locations that impacted communities should be aware of where special precautions may be needed.

“We emphasize the importance of practicing disease prevention measures and following recommendations for social distancing to protect our community as a whole,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician consultant.

Preliminary information for new cases

  • One new case is from Lexington County. The case is an elderly person who was a close contact to a previously reported case. This person remains in isolation at a healthcare facility.
  • Four new cases are from Kershaw County. Three of the cases are middle-aged individuals who are known contacts to a previously reported case and are currently isolated at home. One case is an elderly person. Investigation is underway and further details are not currently available.

People with symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath should call their health care provider. If an individual doesn’t have a primary care physician, several health care systems are providing telehealth services so residents may be evaluated by a health care provider without having to leave their homes. If it’s determined an individual should be tested, they will be instructed where to go to be tested. Individuals with minor illness are advised not to go to emergency departments.

“We know that many South Carolinians are concerned about what impact this virus may have on themselves, their loved ones, and our state,” Traxler said. “This is a rapidly evolving public health event, and DHEC takes every new infectious disease seriously. The state’s first reported death is an example of the importance of taking precautions to protect those at higher risk, like the elderly and people with serious underlying health conditions.”

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 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.

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


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