Thursday update: Governor says no shelter at home order; 2 more deaths reported from COVID-19
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster reported Thursday that he will not order the pubic to shelter in place during the coronavirus crises unless absolutely necessary.
During a late afternoon media briefing Thursday at the SC Emergency Management Division in Lexington County, Dr. Linda Bell with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 2 more deaths from the virus for a total of 9 in the state.
Also, the cities of Columbia and Charleston have passed orders that residents shelter in place.
Bell said there are 456 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 39 SC counties.
She said DHEC predicts up to 2,657 cases in SC by April 2 and 8,000 by May 2.
SC jobless claims spiked sharply last week, with 31,000 new claims for the week ending March 21 compared to 2,000 the previous week.