SC surpasses 30,000 COVID-19 cases as Gov. urges public to wear masks


COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – Governor Henry McMaster reiterated the need for the public to wear masks during a news conference Friday as the state saw it’s second highest single-day total of new coronavirus cases.

South Carolina has now surpassed 30,000 confirmed cases and nearly 700 people have died from the virus statewide.

“This is a dangerous, deadly disease,” said McMaster. “You’ve got to follow the rules. Wear your mask.”

Governor McMaster also said that there are no plans to lift restrictions on highly active groups and activities until infection rates go down. This includes night clubs, concert venues, theaters and auditoriums, performing arts centers, spectator sports, and any other activities which involve crowds.

Masks will not be mandated statewide as Governor McMaster said a mandate would be ineffective, impractical, and unenforceable.

McMaster did say that cities have some authority to require masks. Greenville, Spartanburg, and Clemson have all passed emergency ordinances in recent days requiring masks in certain places.

The governor also stated that the state still intends to open schools for in-person instruction in August.

1,273 new coronavirus cases were reported Friday along with 1 additional death.

The total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 is now 30,263. 694 people have died statewide from the coronavirus.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the state is also seeing a record high number of people hospitalized – 906 – who have or are being investigated for COVID-19.

The percent of positive cases reported Friday among those tested was 18.3%.

The rate of percent positive is the highest since at least mid-May, according to data released by DHEC. A higher percent positive rate indicates that increased cases are not due to increased testing in the state.

(From: SCDHEC)

DHEC also reported two new probable coronavirus cases, bringing that total to 72.

The one new confirmed death was reported to be an elderly resident of Greenville County.

New cases by county:

Abbeville County: 1
Aiken County: 11
Anderson County: 16
Bamberg County: 2
Barnwell County: 2
Beaufort County: 30
Berkeley County: 40
Charleston County: 216
Cherokee County: 5
Chester County: 2
Chesterfield County: 6
Clarendon County: 17
Colleton County: 11
Darlington County: 10
Dillon County: 7
Dorchester County: 20
Florence County: 19
Georgetown County: 65
Greenville County: 187
Greenwood County: 3
Horry County: 82
Jasper County: 8
Kershaw County: 21
Lancaster County: 9
Laurens County: 28
Lee County: 8
Lexington County: 109
Marion County: 1
Marlboro County: 6
Newberry County: 7
Oconee County: 19
Orangeburg County: 29
Pickens County: 28
Richland County: 98
Saluda County: 3
Spartanburg County: 57
Sumter County: 42
Union County: 2
Williamsburg County: 6
York County: 40

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