S.C. governor orders groups of 3 or more people to be broken up

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SOUTH CAROLINA (WBTV) – On Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order directing all South Carolina law enforcement officials to prohibit or disperse any congregation or gatherings of people in groups of three or more if authorities believe it poses a threat to public health.

This order does not include inside a home. It also doesn’t include people working at a business.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating 103 additional cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. This brings the total number statewide to 299 cases in 34 counties.

Five people in the state have died due to health reasons related to the coronavirus.

On Monday, officials revealed one of the newly-reported cases is in Chester County, two others are in Lancaster County and three others are in York County.

“We recognize the hardships that are facing many South Carolinians as we continue to respond to this ongoing public health event,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician. “We encourage the public to focus on things that each of us can do to limit the spread of illness by washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough, and practicing social distancing.”

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