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City of Myrtle Beach closes public facilities – government offices

From Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune

The City received the following information from DHEC today at 4:23 PM.

We do have a confirmed case in Horry County that is being treated at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Yesterday, I issued a ‘State of Emergency’ for the City of Myrtle Beach which allows us to be in sync with the State and County. Our Emergency Management team has been working around the clock to monitor this ever changing situation.

Today at 2:00 PM we had a Situation Report Team Meeting to discuss next steps and other details.

Please allow me to share the release from DHEC with you as well as some other important information:

* The City of Myrtle Beach does have a Pandemic Plan that we have been implementing and we evaluate our implementation plans daily
* We work closely with Federal and State agencies as well as health care facilities, Horry County Schools and our Chamber of Commerce
* We adhere to DHEC’s protocol for releasing information about potential and confirmed cases
* The City is closing all City facilities to the public, including the Library and all Recreation Centers
* The City is postponing all events and public meetings

DHEC Announces Additional Nine Cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating nine additional cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. This brings the total number of cases statewide to 28.

As the state’s case counts expectedly increase, DHEC will publicly report information about facilities and locations that impacted communities should be aware of where special precautions may be needed.

“We emphasize the importance of practicing disease prevention measures and following recommendations for social distancing to protect our community as a whole,” said Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist.

Preliminary information for new cases

3 new cases reported from commercial labs
• One new case is from Kershaw County. The case is a middle-aged daycare worker who has no identified source of exposure. This individual’s onset of illness occurred after their last day worked. The case is currently isolated at home.
• Two new cases are from Horry County. The cases are elderly individuals who had known exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 from another state. The cases are currently isolated at home.

6 new cases from DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory
• Two new cases are from Kershaw County and are household contacts to a previously reported case. One case is an elderly individual who is hospitalized in isolation. The other case is a middle-aged individual and is currently isolated at home.
• One new case is from Horry County and is an elderly individual. Investigation is underway and further details are not currently available.
• Two cases are from Anderson County and are middle-aged individuals who have no identified source of exposure. Both cases are currently hospitalized in isolation.
• One case is from Greenville County and is a young adult who recently traveled to Spain. The case is currently isolated at home.

People with symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath should call their healthcare provider. If an individual doesn’t have a primary care physician, several healthcare systems are providing telehealth services so residents may be evaluated by a healthcare provider without having to leave their homes. If it’s determined an individual should be tested, they will be instructed where to go to be tested. Individuals with minor illness are advised not to go to emergency departments.

“While we anticipate the number of cases in the U.S. and here at home to grow, the majority of people will likely not develop serious illness,” Bell said. “When you hear about the first cases, or growing cases, in your community, we encourage the public to maintain their daily routines with a focus on good hygiene, including routinely washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough. Individuals with signs of illness are asked to take seriously the recommendation to stay home from school and work and not attend public gatherings.”

Learn more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for infection control in schools and childcare programs below.

For more information about COVID-19, visit
scdhec.gov/COVID19
or the CDC website here.

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Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area.David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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