COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Four more South Carolina residents have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to six presumptive cases of COVID-19 and the first indication that it has spread within a community.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control is waiting for federal re-checks on all six, a news release Sunday said.
Three of the new cases are Camden residents. They include a woman and an elderly man who had had “close face-to-face contact” with an elderly Camden woman whose presumptive infection was announced Friday, the department said. The elderly woman is hospitalized in isolation.
The second woman was originally hospitalized for reasons unrelated to COVID-19. She has been isolated. The man was temporarily admitted to a healthcare facility and is now isolated at home.
The department said a third Camden woman has no known connection to the other three residents of the Kershaw County seat, and the fourth new case is a Spartanburg County man who had recently traveled to Italy. Both are isolated at home.
A Charleston County woman who had recently traveled to France and Italy tested positive for the virus and is self-isolated at home, the department reported Friday.
South Carolina has tested 18 people for the virus; 12 of them were found not to be infected.