COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – Health officials are investigating additional possible cases of the coronavirus in South Carolina, including one in Spartanburg County.
As of Sunday, four presumptive positive cases were identified after testing for the virus.
“DHEC received presumptive possible results for four additional people who were tested for the Coronavirus, COVID-19,” said State Epidemiologist, Dr. Linda Bell.
These cases are in addition to the two presumptive positive cases we reported earlier this week.
That brings the total number of presumptive positive cases to six in the state.
“Two of these four new cases are direct contact meaning close face-to-face contact with the elderly woman from Camden who was announced as a presumptive possible on March 6,” said Dr. Bell.
DHEC officials say two of these four new cases are direct contacts (meaning close face-to-face contact) with the Camden elderly woman who was announced as a presumptive positive on March 6.
One of these two individuals is a woman who has hospitalized for reasons unrelated to COVID-19 and is isolated at this time.
The other individual, an elderly man, was temporarily admitted to a healthcare facility, was discharged, and is currently isolated at home.
The third new case is a woman from Camden with no known connection, at this time, to the other presumptive positive cases from Camden. She was evaluated at a healthcare facility, was not hospitalized and is currently isolated at home.
“We now have indication of community spread in Camden,” said Dr. Bell.
The fourth new case is a man from Spartanburg County with no known connection, at this time, to any of the other presumptive positive cases. He is not hospitalized and is currently isolated at home. He had recently traveled to Italy, health officials say.
Officials said the man from Spartanburg County first showed symptoms on March 3 and it was reported to DHEC on March 5 by his healthcare provider.
The elderly female from Camden was transferred to a health care facility in the Midlands on March 6 to receive a higher level of care. She remains isolated.
The woman from Charleston County is symptom-free and continuing to self-monitor.
“Our key recommendations at this time are to stay home from work or school and avoid public gatherings to protect others from the community if you are sick,” Dr. Bell said.
We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more. Check back for updates.