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New statistics on COVID-19 have many wondering if South Carolina decided to reopen too soon.

Right now, South Carolina is third in the world for worst coronavirus outbreaks. According to a chart by the New York Times showing the newest cases per million. The Palmetto state comes in right above Bahrain.

“Now knowing that it’s affecting my community where I live at personally is kind of scary,” said by a South Carolina Resident.

South Carolina DHEC announce that there are 1,723 new confirmed cases. And 22 more deaths bringing the state total to more than 50,500 cases and deaths to nearly 900.

“I do think that the state opened too soon. But people just don’t want to be in the house especially with it being summertime. They want to get out and hang out with friends and hang out with family,”

State epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell says that she feeling worries about the direction the state she is going in.

“We must get our state’s escalating numbers under control. If we are not vigilant in wearing masks. And we are not staying physically distance from each others, we could see cases rise to levels I don’t care to imagine,”

“I do think there should be a statewide mandate. I agree with that.”

Some feel another shutdown is necessary, but don’t believe it will happen.

“I do think the state should step in. I don’t see that happening with us is a Republican state and Trump pushing for the whole country to open back up. These republican states especially like South Carolina and other southern states are going to follow his rule,”

Right now, more than 75 percent of the state’s hospital beds are using for more than 1,400 of the 8,000 inpatients for the treatment of coronavirus.  

“I don’t think we knew enough as far as statistics. All that and we were kind of going off of what people feel as far as wanting going back to work. We were thinking about money and the economy as well but the safety of the people is very important. I feel like we should take that into consideration definitely as far as children and schools, as well as, the elderly.”

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