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As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climb in South Carolina, what do you need to know?

Centers for Disease Control

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climb in South Carolina, what do you need to know?


(Updated 5:33 p.m., April 3)

Positive tests in S.C.: 1,700 (+147)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 247 (+16)
Negative tests in S.C.: 5,777 (+336)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 34 (+3)

South Carolina has an additional 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 1,700 novel coronavirus patients across all counties in the state and 34 deaths related to the virus. Charleston County rose to 247 positive cases. Gov. Henry McMaster is expanding his closure of nonessential businesses, which includes clothing stores, florists, sporting goods stores, music stores, and furniture stores. Hardware stores and firearm stores aren't applicable. Short-term rentals are suspended to persons from CDC-identified hotspots from coming into the state, starting immediately.

Source: Department of Health and Environmental Control


  • An overview of the virus and its impact on South Carolina, courtesy of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), including information about how the virus spreads and is severity, as well as other helpful links.
  • Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about how the coronavirus is treated and how the spread of the disease is prevented.
  • The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11, according to media reports, citing "alarming levels of spread and severity" and "alarming levels of inaction.

  • Gov. Henry McMaster ordered public schools in South Carolina closed on March 15.


  • If you haven't heard it already: wash your hands. Use soap, not hand sanitizer, and wash for at least 20 seconds. You can sing happy birthday twice, or the chorus of: Dolly Parton's Jolene (24 seconds), Lizzo's Truth Hurts (24 seconds, including the Bom bom bi dom bi dum bum bay.)

    Honorable mentions go to the choruses of Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up (17 seconds) and Dexy's Midnight Runners' Come on Eileen (17 seconds, but you can also say COVID-19 to the tune, so you know).
  • How to prevent the spread of coronavirus if you are in contact with someone who is confirmed to have contracted the virus.
  • Recommendations and guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your environment, including your home. Especially important if someone confirmed to have had the virus has been in the space.
  • The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces daily, including: tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks. They recommend using disposable gloves, especially if someone is sick.


If you think you may have coronavirus or have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, you have options to get medical care without exposing others:
  • Roper St. Francis is offering free virtual visits to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Visit rsfh.com/virtualcare between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and use code COVID19. Any visits outside of the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours will be charged $59.
  • Finally, if you have coronavirus, here is a guide on how to prevent yourself from spreading the disease and keep those around you healthy and virus-free.


  • A travel guide for those planning trips outside of the country while the virus is actively spreading.

  • The University of South Carolina's Spring Break guide for students. Also helpful for us here in Charleston as Spring Breakers invade our streets and beaches.


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