COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) – Officials have released the latest update on the novel coronavirus in South Carolina, which has now been reported in each of the 46 counties.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) updates the numbers around 4 p.m. online every day. News 3 is also working to confirm cases released between those updates.

Locally, at least 138 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Lowcountry:

  • 130 in Beaufort County
  • 7 in Jasper County
  • 1 in Hampton County

Two deaths linked to COVID-19 have been reported in the Lowcountry:

  • elderly patients from Beaufort County with underlying health conditions

Statewide deaths linked to coronavirus (Lowcountry included): 31

  • 5 elderly patient in Florence County; underlying health conditions
  • 3 elderly patients from Sumter County; underlying health conditions
  • 2 elderly patients from Kershaw County; underlying health conditions
  • 3 elderly patients from Richland County; underlying health conditions
  • 4 patients from Horry County; at least 3 were elderly with underlying health conditions
  • 3 elderly patients from Anderson County; underlying health conditions
  • 2 elderly patients from Beaufort County; underlying health conditions
  • Elderly patient in Charleston County; underlying health conditions; resident of Harmony Assisted Living Facility
  • Elderly patient from Aiken County; underlying health conditions
  • Elderly patient from Clarendon County; underlying health conditions
  • Elderly patient from Greenville County ; underlying health conditions
  • Elderly patient from Lee County; underlying health conditions
  • Elderly patient from Marion County; underlying health conditions
  • Elderly patient from York County; underlying health conditions
  • Elderly patient in Lexington County
  • Middle-aged patient from Calhoun County; no underlying health conditions

Confirmed COVID-19 cases: 1,554

*DHEC map may have some trouble loading due to heavy traffic

DHEC is stressing the importance of social distancing and self-isolation after predictions show more than 8,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state by May 2.

Governor Henry McMaster has not ordered any shelter or stay orders for the state, but said this week: “South Carolinians have demonstrated that if you tell them what to do, they’ll do it.”

On Thursday, he directed all visitors coming to South Carolina from several “hot spot” areas to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

McMaster said he was mandating self-isolation for anyone traveling to the state from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, as well as the city of New Orleans. Violations could result in up to 30 days in jail.

And on Tuesday, the governor announced plans for a new executive order stating that all South Carolina schools must remain closed through April.

Last week, McMaster issued an executive order directing state agency heads to allow all non-essential state employees to work from home.

The order also said non-essential employees at public universities and colleges in South Carolina will work from home, and students will finish the semester online.

Unemployment claims will also be allowed to be expedited by at least one week. In addition, unemployment insurance payments will be suspended for employers until June 1 to allow business owners to have additional capital on hand.

South Carolinians with signs of illness are asked to stay home and contact a doctor or use the state’s telehealth options before going to a healthcare facility. Citizens are also asked to continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, and other basic precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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