McMaster addresses ‘stay at home’ order questions, says not necessary right now

McMaster addresses ‘stay at home’ order questions, says not necessary right now
Gov. McMaster gives an update on the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak (Source: WIS)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster held a news conference Thursday afternoon to give an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus.

He addressed concerns from South Carolina residents, many who believe a “stay at home” order should be in place. McMaster said he will only do that if it becomes necessary and said he will base it on data.

The governor also said that many people are following requests to stay inside. He noted that interstates and roads are much less crowded because people are practicing social distancing.

During the news conference, the Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 32 additional cases, bringing the statewide number to 456. Health officials also announced that there were two new coronavirus-related deaths. Both were elderly patients with underlying health issues, and one was from Kershaw County and another was from Sumter County.

Several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public. For telehealth options and the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC website here.

Watch McMaster’s full briefing below:

Coronavirus Prevention and Quarantine Information

In addition to taking daily precautions for preventing against the spread of the disease, residents can take the following preparedness recommendations:

  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you become symptomatic
  • If you’re sick, stay home from work, school, and public events
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Don’t share personal items
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Set up a separate room for sick household members
  • Check in with family and friends who live alone, especially those who may be in a high-risk group

Additionally, residents can prepare for a possible illness or quarantine by:

  • Periodically checking regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply at home
  • Having nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins
  • Getting copies and maintaining electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference
  • Talking with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

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