Don’t take a holiday from observing COVID-19 precautions.
As we head into Labor Day weekend, the medical community is encouraging individuals across the state to continue following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“With Labor Day upon us, we have many community members who typically attend parades, picnics and other large gatherings. And we ask that you should refrain from this type of activities this year,” said Dr. Steve Shelton, an emergency department physician and part of Prisma Health’s COVID-19 response team. “We see the COVID-19 numbers are going down, and we’d like to see them continue in that direction. Last time, we had a specific spike just after the Fourth of July holiday, and we hope not to repeat that.”
State epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell also warned about a potential increase following this weekend if people do not follow proper COVID-19 precautions. “When we see these gatherings, and the majority of people are not wearing masks and they are not physically distancing, it’s those previous experiences that cause me concern with the upcoming holiday,” Bell said.
As of Sept. 3, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 1,084 new confirmed cases and 29 new probable cases of COVID-19. The department also reported 12 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death. The total number of confirmed cases in South Carolina is 119,822 with 2,667 confirmed deaths.
Greenville County has had 931 cases over the last two weeks, according to DHEC. That brings the number of cases in the county to 12,328.
“As the economy begins its recovery, as well as our children returned back to school, it’s extremely important that we follow a few basic but extremely effective steps and precautions to limit the spread of the virus,” said Shelton, who emphasizes face masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing. “Each of us has a responsibility … to stop the spread of this virus.”
Find out more about protecting yourself and others by visiting SCDHEC.gov and clicking on the COVID-19 page.