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121 New cases of Coronavirus, 2 Deaths-SC

 

Two additional deaths related to COVID-19 have also been confirmed. This brings the state’s total number of deaths to 15.

Both patients were elderly individuals who had underlying health conditions. One patient was a resident of Richland County and one was a resident of Horry County.

“Our sincere sympathies are with the family and friends of these individuals as well as the family and friends of everyone who has lost someone to this disease,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician. “Having to report two additional deaths today is a critical reminder of how serious this situation is and how we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our communities from the spread of COVID-19.”

The number of new cases by county are listed below.

  • Aiken County: 1 case
  • Anderson County: 4 cases
  • Beaufort County: 4 cases
  • Berkeley County: 3 cases
  • Charleston County: 16 cases
  • Chester County: 1 case
  • Clarendon County: 1 case
  • Colleton County: 2 cases
  • Dorchester County: 1 case
  • Florence County: 1 case
  • Georgetown County: 3 cases
  • Greenville County: 6 cases
  • Greenwood County: 1 case
  • Horry County: 4 cases
  • Kershaw County: 7 cases
  • Lancaster County: 1 case
  • Laurens County: 2 cases
  • Lee County: 3 cases
  • Lexington County: 5 cases
  • Newberry County: 1 case
  • Orangeburg County: 2 cases
  • Pickens County: 3 cases
  • Richland County: 16 cases
  • Spartanburg County: 5 cases
  • Sumter County: 14 cases
  • Williamsburg County: 1 case
  • York County: 13 cases

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has announced 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

That brings the total number of cases across the state to 173.

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   Columbia has imposed a citywide curfew in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the Midlands.

Columbia City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to impose a citywide curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Wednesday night.

Mayor Steve Benjamin said the curfew will be similar to the one Columbia implemented after the 2015 flood. It will include exceptions for people going to work or experiencing a medical emergency.

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When will we start taking this pandemic serious?

 

 

   Worldwide, over 307,000 people have been infected. For most, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. But it can cause more severe illness in others, especially older adults and people with existing health conditions. Some 92,000 people have recovered, mostly in China, where the virus first struck late last year. The virus rebels tend to range from restless teens to wealthy adults who can travel to their getaway homes. Even in Italy, where the virus death toll soared beyond China's last week, authorities are still trying to rein in people from going outside for fresh air, sun and visits with friends to escape walled-in lives. If we don't start taking this pandemic seriously, the US could see 650,000+ people infected in the next several months. Let us learn from Italy, Spain and China on what needs to be done. I know that staying at home sucks but dying sucks even worse. How would you feel if you took this nasty virus back home to your parents or grandparents and you survived but one of them passed away? Think about the big picture.          -Perry Bradley

 

In total, there are 47 total cases in 13 counties. Among those cases, SC DHEC has announced the first case in Richland County, one new case in Lexington County, and five new cases in Kershaw County. Here’s a look at the list of new cases:

  • 1 new case from Beaufort County
  • 2 new cases from Charleston County
  • 1 new case from Calhoun County
  • 5 new cases from Kershaw County
  • 1 new case from Lexington County
  • 1 new case from Richland County
  • 1 new case from York County
  • 1 new case from Greenville County
  • 1 new case from Horry County

The total number of cases includes one death that has been previously announced by DHEC. Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist, said there have been 456 COVID-19 tests performed by DHEC with 409 tests returning with negative results.

As part of the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Henry McMaster has issued mandatory orders for the following:

  • State agencies have been ordered to waive regulations for the coronavirus
  • The South Carolina Department of Revenue will extend the deadline for state taxes to June 1.
  • Restaurants and bars will close their dine-in services for customers beginning March 18; however, curbside services (drive-thru and delivery) will be allowed
  • Events with 50 or more people will be prohibited
  • DHEC will waive regulations for hospitals to use medical students

While Gov. McMaster issued these mandatory orders, he also requested the following:

  • Medical and surgical centers in S.C. should halt elective and non-emergency procedures within 72 hours
  • Insurance companies should pay100% of costs associated with COVID-19 office visits
  • Incentivize doctors to treat non-COVID-19 patients via telehealth
  • Grocery stores should limit the purchases of paper products (toilet paper, paper towels) and water.
  • Businesses should have “senior hours” to allow senior citizens to shop at stores
  • Private employers should allow employees to work remotely

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Hello Everyone,

   I know we’re all tired of hearing/talking about it, but one thing I HAVEN’T really seen going around is advice for what happens if you DO get coronavirus (many of us will), only advice for how to try to AVOID it. So as your friendly neighborhood RN a little bit of advice...

 

Things you should *actually* buy ahead of time:

- Kleenex
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 325 mg tablets
-  Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets
- Mucinex
-Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil, whatever your cough medicine of choice is

 

   If you don’t have a humidifier, that would also be a good thing to get. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam). I like to rub some Vics vaporub on the chest before going under the hot water- it helps open up my airway when I get bad asthma attacks or bronchitis. 

   Also a good time to make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.  The virus starts as a sore throat and hot drinks will kill a lot of it before it heads to your lungs. 

If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if it is.

   You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.

   

   For symptom management, use the meds I mentioned. For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. Use both cough suppressants and expectorants (most cough meds have both). Drink a ton of warm fluids, hydrate hydrate. Rest lots.

   

   You should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95). You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high and unmanaged with meds.

 

   Try to connect with family/loved ones who would be able to bring you groceries/paper goods (yes like toilet paper) and drop it off at your place. 

 

   90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds. We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who actively need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.

 

   If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your PCP or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick. They might have plans to get you admitted and bypass the ER entirely

 

   One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, no one under 18 has died, and almost no kids have required hospitalization (unless they have a lung disease like CF). Just use pediatric dosing of the same meds.

 

Love,

Natasha

 

HOMEMADE HAND SANITIZER

 

The aloe mixture gets the job done, but aloe also leaves your skin annoyingly sticky. So, here's a recipe that's less sticky and more potent, based on the mix recommended by the WHO.

 

Mix 12 fluid ounces of alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol. You can buy jugs of glycerol online, and it's an important ingredient because it keeps the alcohol from drying out your hands. If you can't find glycerol, proceed with the rest of the recipe anyway and just remember to moisturize your hands after applying the sanitizer.

Mix in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, then 3 fluid ounces of distilled or boiled (then cooled) water. (If you're working with a lower-concentration solution of rubbing alcohol, use far less water; remember, at least ¾ of your final mixture has to be alcohol.)

Load the solution into spray bottles—this isn't a gel, it's a spray. You can wet a paper towel with it as well and use that as a wipe.

If you must, you can add in a splash of essential oil to your concoction to make it smell nice. Just don’t use lavender. Everyone else uses lavender, and your sanitizer is superior.