Horry County Has 51 COVID-19 Cases, DHEC Releases Postal Code Information | Covid-19 coverage
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Thursday announced 147 new cases of COVID-19, including one in Horry County, bringing the state total to 1,700 cases across 46 counties.
The agency also announced three new deaths, none in Horry County. The state now has 34 dead.
“If we all take seriously our individual obligations to help prevent the spread of disease, we have the potential to save lives,” said DHEC medical consultant Dr Michael Kacka. “Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of these three, and to all the loved ones who have lost someone to this disease. “
Horry County now has 51 cases and four deaths.
“Know that we are all in the same boat and that at some point many of us are likely to be exposed to the virus,” state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell said at a press conference on Friday. .
On Friday evening, DHEC, following instructions from SC Governor Henry McMaster, released data on the location of COVID-19 cases by zip code. The DHEC initially rolled out the patient’s whereabouts information last Friday, but Tuesday had stopped reporting the number of cases in each zip code, and instead only reported zip codes with all confirmed cases. Officials said at the time that they feared people would not protect themselves and follow DHEC guidelines if they knew their neighborhood had no confirmed cases.
The postcode with the greatest concentration, 9 cases, was 29576, which stretches between Murrells Inlet, Garden City and Burgess.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel strain of coronavirus, has changed the landscape of South Carolina society.
McMaster has closed public boat launches, public access to public beaches and non-essential businesses that serve as likely breeding grounds for the virus. He ordered all bars and restaurants to be closed to restaurant patrons, although take-out is allowed.
Groups of more than three people can be dispersed by the police. Hospitals no longer allow visitors. Funerals are no longer the great public gatherings they once were.
Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach Surfside Beach and Horry County have all banned short-term rentals until April, and McMaster is forcing all new visitors to South Carolina from COVID-19 hotspots to self-quarantine for 14 days at their arrival.
Non-essential state employees are working from home, and schools and universities across the state have moved to an online format. The state income tax deadline has been extended to July 15.
Three weeks ago, Horry County had 112 unemployment records. The week the governor closed bars and restaurants, the county led the state in jobless claims with more than 5,200 people claiming benefits. Horry County again led the state last week as 9,682 people applied for benefits. Statewide, nearly 65,000 people applied for benefits last week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says symptoms can appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure and some people are a-symptomatic. This means that healthy younger people without severe symptoms can still transmit the virus to more susceptible populations who might require a hospital stay to survive.
DHEC officials said people with symptoms can still spread the disease even before symptoms are noticeable.
The CDC encourages people to restrict their movement, practice social distancing, wash their hands frequently with lukewarm water and soap, avoid touching their face, and regularly clean high-use personal items. in order to slow the spread of the virus.