Gov. McMaster discusses what’s next for SC amidst COVID-19 pandemic, addresses concerns raised by state epidemiologist

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said once again he will not shut down South Carolina in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes on the heels of an email from one of the state’s top health leaders coming to light, expressing regret for not speaking up publicly about her concerns with the state’s handling of the virus.

South Carolina Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell has warned about the serious threat of COVID-19 during a handful of recent press conferences. That voice was expressing regret over not being more vocal about the state’s response to the virus.

An article by The State newspaper cites a June email from Dr. Linda Bell.

In that email, she reportedly said McMaster’s staff had misled the public into believing she supported the governor’s decision to open close-contact businesses back up in May.

“We get views from everyone, our job is to see that we chart the right path and there’s a lot of collaboration, a lot of debate that goes into that,” said South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster.

Governor Henry McMaster addressed that email during a Monday afternoon press conference. He said there’s no tension between himself and Dr. Bell. He added he believes they’re taking the right steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

“I believe the record is showing that we have charted the right path in South Carolina with our deliberate, careful steps forward,” Gov. McMaster said.

The email also reportedly showed Dr. Bell saying she would no longer stand with Governor McMaster without speaking to what the science tells her is the right thing to do.

“Wear a mask, do those things and we can keep the businesses open,” McMaster said.

As for what’s next for the state, Governor McMaster said he will not shut it down. He is asking people to follow CDC guidelines like wearing a mask and social distancing.

You can find our original article on Dr. Bell’s email here:

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