Coronavirus cases in S.C. continue to rise: 60 cases reported in 14 counties

Updated: Mar. 18, 2020 at 11:27 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed new cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the state.

Wednesday, DHEC said there is now a total of 60 people who have tested positive for the virus in 14 counties.

The new cases include three people in Richland County and one additional case in Lexington County.

There was also the first case reported in Lee County and three additional cases in Kershaw County.

County totals now stand as follows:

  • Kershaw: 25
  • Beaufort: 6
  • Horry: 5
  • Charleston: 4
  • Lexington: 4
  • Richland: 4
  • Greenville: 3
  • Anderson: 2
  • Lancaster: 2
  • Calhoun: 1
  • Fairfield: 1
  • Lee: 1
  • Spartanburg: 1
  • York: 1

One person, an elderly patient in Lexington County, has died after contracting the virus.

DHEC officials told WIS they do not have the manpower to continue tracking every coronavirus patient’s condition and they do not have numbers on how many people have recovered.

To read the latest report from DHEC, click or tap here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the coronavirus is spread mainly from person-to-person by those in close contact, or through coughing and sneezing by someone who’s infected.

Symptoms of coronavirus can show up between two and 14 days of exposure, health officials said. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But some severe cases can lead to death.

Those who are at the highest risk of catching COVID-19 are the young, the elderly and those who are already being treated for chronic medical diseases.

Young people who contract the virus are not likely to have a serious case, research shows.

Doctors said there is not currently a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, but over-the-counter medications, like cold and cough medicines, can help treat symptoms of the virus.

The mortality rate for people with the virus has been widely reported around 2 to 3%, but health experts note the actual percentage is not that high, as not all cases are diagnosed or reported.

The rate is higher than the flu, which kills on average about 0.1% of people who get it, based on a 10-year average of data from the CDC.

Anyone with concerns about their health, or who believes they are showing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider.

People with general questions about coronavirus should call the DHEC Care Line at 855-472-3432. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Callers are urged to be patient as call volumes are high.

People without a doctor can take advantage of free online screening from Prisma Health and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

MUSC has an online platform to aid with coronavirus diagnosis and care. Go to and access the COVID-19 platform. The service is free with code: COVID19.

Prisma Health also has a free virtual visit, which allows patients to video conference with a doctor instead of coming into a facility. The goal is to keep patients who don’t need to be treated at a hospital at home. Go to and use promo code COVID19 for a free virtual visit.

For more information on COVID-19, click or tap here to visit the CDC’s website.

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