Three Greenwood County residents have examined constructive for the brand new coronavirus, COVID-19, in response to the state’s well being company, whereas Abbeville Space Medical Middle says one among its staff has additionally contracted the virus.
“The worker acknowledged signs early on and self-quarantined at dwelling. After evaluating work schedules and as a result of worker’s fast response to signs, the publicity to others was restricted and is taken into account ‘low danger,’” the Abbeville hospital stated late Saturday in a press launch that stated those that had been doubtlessly uncovered have been notified and are self-monitoring.
Greenwood County officers introduced the county’s first two circumstances in a information launch despatched to information retailers simply earlier than midday Saturday. Later within the day, the state Division of Well being and Environmental Management up to date details about an already reported case to replicate the affected person’s county of residence is Greenwood.
Self Regional Healthcare acquired notification Saturday morning of its first two constructive circumstances of COVID-19.
“Now we have been anticipating our first constructive circumstances, and have been working for weeks to make the required preparations and set up protocols that can permit us to securely take care of sufferers with COVID-19 and hold our clinicians and our neighborhood protected on the similar time,” Dr. Matthew Logan, chief medical officer at Self Regional Healthcare, stated in a ready assertion.
“These first circumstances had been recognized by our drive-through neighborhood screening course of. Self Regional is at present offering screening for Greenwood and the six surrounding counties. We’re following the protocols which were put in place for dwelling quarantine for these sufferers. We wish to strongly encourage individuals to stay calm and proceed to comply with all of the CDC’s suggestions for social distancing and hand hygiene so we are able to hold these constructive outcomes to a minimal in our neighborhood,” Logan stated.
George McKinney, county emergency administration coordinator, stated no different particulars in regards to the sufferers had been out there.
“All DHEC advised us is 2 Greenwood County residents examined constructive,” Toby Chappell, county supervisor, stated earlier than DHEC up to date its numbers. They gained’t make some other info out there, reminiscent of the place within the county the sufferers are from, he stated.
County officers have no idea who the sufferers are or the place they’re, however McKinney stated in the event that they examined constructive they had been despatched dwelling to self-quarantine.
“There’s a letter that states they’re to go dwelling and quarantine themselves by regulation,” McKinney stated. Punitive motion may be taken in the event that they violate the order, he stated.
Together with the circumstances in Greenwood County, state well being officers introduced 46 new circumstances on Saturday, growing the South Carolina’s whole to 173 circumstances of COVID-19. Neighboring Newberry and Edgefield counties additionally noticed their first reported circumstances, becoming a member of Greenwood, Abbeville and Saluda. Statewide, there have been three reported deaths from the virus.
McKinney and Derek Oliver, emergency providers director, reiterated a name for calm amongst county residents. “Now we have to work by what we’ve got right here,” McKinney stated, whereas urging residents to proceed practising safeguards DHEC and CDC have outlined, which incorporates common hand washing, protecting an acceptable distance from different individuals, and if potential, working from dwelling.
Mark Hyatt, director of selling and public relations for Self Regional Healthcare, stated affected person privateness laws stop him from sharing specifics in regards to the two sufferers who examined constructive at Self, however did say they’re remoted at dwelling with “delicate signs.”
Hyatt stated Self Regional will publish frequent updates on its web site, selfregional.org/coronavirus-information/ because the scenario develops.
Greenwood County officers are proscribing public entry till additional discover to amenities as listed beneath:
• The courthouse will probably be closed to the general public. On the fundamental entrance, there’s a drop field for all funds and paperwork in addition to a telephone if it’s essential to converse with a division.
• All county workplaces in Park Plaza are closed to the general public excluding Voters Registration (see beneath). The general public can come to room 102 the place a telephone is obtainable to name workplaces with questions.
• The Parks and Recreation buildings, not the parks themselves, are closed to the general public.
• The Veterans Affairs workplace is proscribing the variety of walk-ins. The general public is strongly inspired to name 864-450-9268 to schedule an appointment.
• County Public Works constructing is closed to the general public. When you have questions, name 864-942-8662.
• The Library and Museum will stay closed to the general public.
• Voter registration is open and working as regular.
The general public is strongly inspired to make use of e-mail, telephones and the U.S. Postal Service to conduct enterprise with the county.
Assistant Editor Matthew Hensley contributed to this report.