South Carolina confirms coronavirus-related death of nursing facility resident
The governor of South Carolina confirmed the state’s first coronavirus-related fatality on Monday, with the department of health describing the victim to be an elderly resident at a skilled nursing facility.
“We are saddened by the news of the first death in South Carolina due to COVID-19,” Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted. “Our hearts and prayers are with the family and the community. South Carolinians must continue to support each other through prayer and through common sense, by taking precautions and by demonstrating courtesy and compassion.”
According to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the man was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing Facility.
The DHEC said it is working with the facility all potential contacts and is providing guidance about infection control.