“Wear a mask, wear a mask, wear a mask.”
Those were the words of Governor Henry McMaster Friday afternoon as he extended the State of Emergency Executive Order in South Carolina for another 14 days.
1,273 new cases of the coronavirus were announced by SC-DHEC on Friday, the second highest single day increase the state has seen. According to DHEC, South Carolina is considered a national hotspot for the virus.
However, McMaster does not plan to implement a mandatory mask-wearing ordinance because there is “no way to enforce it.” He added that individual cities have the legal ability to create their own.
The state on Friday also announced that 906 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms, the highest amount hospitalized since the pandemic began. The state is at a 75% hospital bed occupancy rate.
40 of the new cases are from York County, 9 are from Lancaster County and 2 are from Chester County. 6,969 people were tested for the virus on Thursday and 18.3% tested positive.
The recovery rate for the virus is 80%. This means there are 5,913 active cases of the coronavirus in SC, 23,655 people have recovered and 694 people have died.
SC-DHEC reported one additional death Friday afternoon to an elderly individual in Greenville County. South Carolina has had 30,263 cases since the pandemic began. The current death rate of COVID-19 in S.C. is 2.2%.