2 new coronavirus deaths in SC: 1 in Horry Co. and 1 in Florence Co.

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COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW)  — DHEC announced two new deaths related to COVID-19, one in Horry County and one in Florence County, bringing the state total to seven deaths.

“One patient was an elderly person from Florence County who had underlying health conditions,” DHEC said. “The second patient was an elderly person from Horry County with no underlying health conditions.”

 “Sadly, we have to announce again today that we’ve lost fellow South Carolinians due to complications from COVID-19,” said Dr. Jonathan Knoche, a DHEC physician. “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the individual’s family and friends, as well as the medical professionals who extended the utmost care for this person. This unfortunate announcement is a reminder that we all have the responsibility to protect ourselves, our families, friends and community from this disease.”

“After further investigation, an individual who passed away and was reported as residing in Kershaw County has been determined to have a Sumter County residence,” DHEC also said. “DHEC reports cases based on the county of residence.”

“While we reiterate the importance of taking daily precautions to prevent spread, we want to make sure South Carolinians are also taking steps to address the feelings of stress and anxiety that arise in this type of prolonged situation,” said. Dr. Knoche. “Our partners at the Department of Mental Health have resources available to help, and we continue to provide guidance for coping with stress on DHEC’s COVID-19 webpage.”

Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from DHEC. DHEC also provides updates regarding COVID-19 online at scdhec.gov/COVID19.

“Anyone with concerns about their health should reach out to their healthcare provider or use the telehealth services provided by several health care systems,” DHEC added. “For telehealth options and the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19.”

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