Two SC prison employees but no inmates test positive for virus

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(Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP) A medical personnel holds a kit for the test for Coronavirus outside one of the emergency structures that were set up to ease procedures outside the hospital of Brescia, Northern Italy, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state prison officials say two employees have tested positive for the coronavirus in South Carolina, but no inmates have been confirmed with the illness.

The employees have been in isolation for nearly two weeks.

Early Sunday also brought another local stay-at-home order into effect.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin went ahead with the order closing all nonessential businesses, like gyms and hair salons, and banning all gatherings, including private ones despite an opinion by the state attorney general that only the governor has the power to issue a stay at home order.

South Carolina reported 660 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths in its daily update Saturday afternoon.

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