SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced five additional COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total for the state to 33.
On Monday, DHEC announced one person died from COVID-19 in South Carolina.
“We regret to report that South Carolina has suffered its first death in an elderly person recently reported to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing Facility,” DHEC Physician Consultant Dr. Brannon Traxler said. “Our state health officials continue to work with national and local partners to respond to this ongoing public health matter.”
According to the DHEC news release, the patient was from Lexington County and was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing Facility.
According to DHEC, the cases are in the following counties:
- Anderson Co. – 2
- Beaufort Co. – 3
- Charleston Co. – 1
- Greenville – 1
- Horry Co. – 3
- Kershaw Co. – 18
- Lancaster Co. – 2
- Lexington Co. – 2
- Spartanburg Co. – 1
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the following symptoms could show up 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
The CDC said older people and those who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, are at higher risk of getting the virus.
According to the CDC’s website, those who are considered “high risk” should:
- Stock up on supplies – Contact your healthcare provider to ask about what medications you will need. Make sure to have enough household items and groceries on hand in case you need to stay home for a period of time.
- Keep a distance or space between yourself and others
- Avoid crowds
- Stay home
- Create a plan for if you get sick
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, according to the CDC. The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person. It can be spread by close contact, within about six feet with one another, and through respiration droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The CDC said people need to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching their face and try to stay six feet away from people. People should sneeze or cough into their elbows or tissues and stay home if they are not feeling well.