As restrictions are reduced by reopenings and South Carolinians return to their workplaces and participate in recreational activities that might involve crowds, DHEC continues to urge everyone to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
This reminder comes amid public health experts’ concerns over the recent rise in COVID-19 data trends in South Carolina.
“The more people you expose yourself to, the more you multiply your risk of being exposed to the virus,” said Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist. “There are those who are finding ways to hold graduations and open businesses safely through careful planning and attention to crowd density and safety measures such as wearing masks. When we don’t do those things, we can put ourselves and others at risk, and case counts will rise.”
Today, DHEC announced 235 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 17 additional deaths.
This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 12,651 and those who have died to 518.
— SCDHEC (@scdhec) June 3, 2020