Greenville City Council votes to approve emergency ordinance asking McMaster to issue stay at home order


Downtown Greenville (Source: WSPA Chief Photographer Jason Parker)

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA)- Greenville City Council members voted to approve the final reading of an emergency ordinance that is asking Gov. Henry McMaster to issue a statewide state at home order.

During a meeting Friday morning, city council members voted yes on the ordinance, with the exception of council member John DeWorken, who abstained due to a conflict.

Dr. Eric Ossmann with Prisma Health said during the meeting that there are currently 222 cases of COVID-19 in the Upstate, 60 people hospitalized in the Upstate and said the overall death rate in the Upstate is 1.8 percent.

Ossmann said the current stock of personal protective equipment is good at this time.

He added that now is the time to double down on social distancing measures, rather to start backing off.

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