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Lancaster schools to close amid coronavirus outbreak

Officials announced there are 13 positive COVID-19 cases in South Carolina Friday.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Governor Henry McMaster declares a state of emergency throughout the state to enhance the state's response to the COVID-19 virus impact on South Carolina Friday afternoon.

Officials announced there are 13 positive COVID-19 cases in South Carolina. A female from Camden came in contact with a known case. SCDHEC sadi the woman was evaluated at the healthcare facility and will be isolated at home. 

Citing the fact that Kershaw and Lancaster counties are the only areas in the state in which there is evidence of community spread of the virus, Governor McMaster's order also direct that schools in those counties will be closed for a period of 14 days. 

Additionally, the governor's order will direct S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to consult with the state's Superintendent of Education and local school district leadership to provide guidance on if and when remaining school districts should decide to close schools and for what period of time. 


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