MONDAY RECAP: McMaster prohibits groups of 3, Kemp quarantines ‘medically fragile’

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks at a news conference introducing state Rep. Bobby Cox as his pick to lead the state’s veterans’ affairs agency, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at a news conference in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Get a recap of some of Monday’s COVID-19 updates pertaining to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry below:

  • Hinesville holds special meeting to discuss coronavirus operations; extends emergency order
  • South Carolina’s governor gives law enforcement option to prohibit or disperse gatherings of three or more
  • Gov. Brian Kemp orders “medically fragile” in Georgia to quarantine

5 p.m.

ATLANTA (WSAV) – Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, has taken emergency action ordering those who are “medically fragile” or living in longterm health care facilities to quarantine.

Those with underlying medical conditions like chronic lung problems and heart disease must isolate. And anyone suspected of having or anyone who has been exposed to someone believed to have the virus is ordered to quarantine.

State health officials will further define rules for this group, the governor said.

In addition, Kemp said Monday that all bars, restaurants and businesses must close unless they can limit gatherings to 10 people, maintaining the 6 feet social distancing rule.

Both of these measures will last two weeks starting Tuesday at noon and expiring Monday, April 6.

The governor has not ordered a mandatory statewide shutdown.

4 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) – Gov. Henry McMaster and South Carolina officials held a press conference on COVID-19 developments Thursday.

He announced a new executive order to “prohibit or disperse any congregation or gathering of people, unless authorized or in their homes, in groups of three or more people.”

Law enforcement can use their discretion, McMaster said, adding: “It’s difficult to draw the line but we know it when we see it.”

“This weekend, we saw large crowds gathered on beaches, on sandbars, and in parking lots. We are facing a dangerous and deadly enemy and this type of behavior is both irresponsible and selfish,” he continued.

The governor clarified that this isn’t a shelter-in-place order but rather “another measure aimed at containing the virus.” He said though, sheltering in place isn’t off the table.

Meanwhile, two additional deaths linked to coronavirus have been announced in the state and more than 100 new cases were reported Monday.

3 p.m.

HINESVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – An emergency declaration went into effect for the city of Hinesville Saturday afternoon. It was set to expire on April 5, but Monday, the council extended the measure through April 20.

City council members used Monday’s meeting to discuss the next steps for the city. Many council members raised concerns about those who can’t work from home at this time as many city staffers have been able to do.

Watch the full meeting here:

2:50 p.m.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – WSAV.cow NOW is On Your Side with at least three live updates from local and state officials on COVID-19.

At 3 p.m., the Hinesville City Council is holding a special meeting to discuss operations and response to the pandemic.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to speak to the media around 4 p.m., along with state public health officials, for an update on the state’s response.

And at 5 p.m., News 3 expects a briefing from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey.

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