COVID-19: More than 1,000 people hospitalized in South Carolina

COVID-19: More than 1,000 people hospitalized in S Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina hospitals now hold more than 1,000 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

The state health department says there are 1,032 such patients.

[Local South Carolina cities may consider mask mandate]

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The department on Monday said they had confirmed 1,320 new cases and four new deaths.

That brings the state’s number of confirmed deaths to at least 717.

Experts say masks can help keep infected people who don’t have any symptoms from infecting others, but Gov. Henry McMaster has said he won’t order masks to be worn statewide because it would be impossible to enforce.

News outlets report that more than 10 localities either are requiring masks or will soon begin doing so.

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The York County sheriff advised residents to wear a mask or face covering when venturing out in public.

"I think it's lost a little bit of the feel of being busy, just having life out here," said Shannon Evans, a business owner.

Evans, who is a Baxter Village resident owns Nailed It DIY Studio. Her business has survived so far, but she said she has sympathy for those that didn’t.

"I think it's very unfortunate," she said.

COVID-19 is a big unknown that can threaten the future of any business.

“Consumer spending has been very strong, and it will continue to be very strong,” said Lou Pantuosco, who heads Winthrop’s Economics Department.

He doesn’t believe there will be another shutdown and is confident that businesses have honed their survival skills.

“It’s not gonna be a great thing if that happens, but I think we’ll be better than we were the last time,” Pantuosco said. “We’re just more prepared for it.”

Local South Carolina cities may consider mask mandate