SAVANNAH, S.C. (WSAV) – Officials have reported the first three deaths linked to the coronavirus in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), announced Monday afternoon an elderly person from Beaufort County with underlying health conditions died as a result of the virus.
Monday evening, the Coastal Health District (CHD) confirmed the first two Chatham County deaths associated with COVID-19: an 83-year-old male and an 84-year-old female both with existing medical conditions. When asked if the cases were related, CHD said they could only provide the aforementioned information.
The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Georgia topped 100 on Monday with the death toll in South Carolina reaching 18.
Thousands more are battling the virus in each state.
In Beaufort County alone, more than 70 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. The number of cases reached 19 in Chatham County on Monday.
“Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19,” CHD stated, adding, “Younger adults can also suffer serious medical difficulties.”
State and local officials expect an increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths and stress the importance of practicing personal hygiene and social distancing.
Those who show symptoms of the virus are asked to self-isolate and contact their primary care doctor for further instruction.
See the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak here.