What to know Monday in SC.

The Greenville News & Independent Mail

note: The coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly developing event and this story contains information that has only been updated through September 15, 2020. Some of the information here may have changed due to the nature of the pandemic; updates are reflected in more current stories. For news about the coronavirus outbreak and its impact in South Carolina, visit greenvillenews.com, independentmail.com. or goupstate.com.

Map of coronavirus SC: An analysis of COVID-19 cases by county and postal code

SC Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette positive test for COVID-19

South Carolina Governor Pamela Evette tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman for Governor Henry McMaster announced on Monday.

Evette, a 53-year-old Traveler Rest businesswoman, started experiencing a “mild sore throat and a headache” on Thursday – four days after she, her husband, David, McMaster and McMaster’s wife, Peggy , attended the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. They were among up to 8,000 spectators at the NASCAR event.

It is not possible to determine precisely where or when Evette was infected, according to the state’s interim public health director, who said that a person can contract COVID-19 from two to 14 days before experiencing symptoms.

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525 new cases, 7 confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced on Monday 525 new confirmed cases and 16 new probable cases of the new coronavirus COVID-19, seven additional confirmed deaths and seven new probable deaths.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 130,256, probable cases to 2,424, confirmed deaths to 2,922 and 155 probable deaths.

Of the 5,357 test results reported to DHEC on Sunday, 9.8% were positive for COVID-19.

Until Sunday, 1,155,593 tests had been carried out in the state.

Also on Monday, DHEC implemented updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track and report cases to ensure that the virus is reported uniformly across the country.

“The CDC update of the COVID-19 case definitions is a normal and expected change to address what we are learning about the diagnostic tests and clinical presentation of this virus, which did not even exist a year ago,” said Dr. Linda Bell , South Carolina State Epidemiologist. “The updated reporting criteria are a typical progression when we encounter new conditions. Doctors and scientists around the world continue to make discoveries about this deadly disease, and the better we are able to count cases accurately and uniformly, the more we will learn how to prevent it. “

Three of the most notable changes are:

  • a positive antibody result no longer classifies an individual as a likely case
  • a positive antigen test from a respiratory sample, which detects a protein in the virus, classifies an individual as a likely case
  • a new “suspect case” category has been created for individuals with positive antibody tests or positive antigen tests from autopsy samples from an individual not previously identified as a case

Pandemic brings devastating financial impact to high school athletics

Last fall, football fans in Greenville, Anderson and Pickens counties spent more than $ 1 million to watch games in support of athletic teams at the area’s 26 public high schools.

Ticket dollars are the main source of revenue for athletic programs – which support up to 22 university teams – at these schools. This season, your sports programs will be lucky enough to earn a quarter of that revenue from ticket sales. Perhaps most frightening, athletic directors say, is that the shortage in 2020 could impact high school sports in the three counties in the coming years.

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What to know Monday

  • The state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 515 new confirmed cases and 7 new probable cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina on Saturday, as well as 24 additional deaths related to COVID-19. No new probable deaths have been reported.
  • A new digital system for monitoring patients’ vaccines and giving a statewide view of immunization rates was announced on Sunday. DHEC said it replaced an older system with a newer one, called the Statewide Immunization Online Network. Read more about it here.