South Carolina may not have nearly as many confirmed cases of COVID-19 as states like Washington or New York. But that doesn’t mean things aren’t going to become increasingly dangerous for people everywhere. Sadly, Governor McMaster announced that the state has had their first death due to the COVID-19 virus.
An elderly resident at the Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing Facility passed away this past weekend. This is the first confirmed death in South Carolina.
South Carolina, so far, has more than 28 total cases. And it’s not only the elderly who are at risk. A middle-aged daycare worked from Kershaw County was diagnosed the other day. And more cases are springing up every day.
In an effort to keep families and patients safe, the Governor has declared a state of emergency in South Carolina. He has closed all schools through at least the end of the month.
Some of the other newly mandated rules include:
- There are to be no visits to the jails or prisons until further notice
- Access to nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be severely restricted
- Price gauging laws have gone into effect
- All government office buildings will remain open during normal business hours, at least for the time being
As part of the precautionary measures being taken, Governor McMaster has implemented the State Emergency Management Plan. Residents of South Carolina, and especially Lancaster and Kershaw Counties, should expect restrictions to increase. This will get worse before it gets any better.
If you have any questions about these measures, you can visit the state’s website to get more information. If you’re experiencing any other family law issues that you need addressed on an emergency basis, feel free to contact our family law firm.