Virus Outbreak South Carolina

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette speaks with reporters after the first meeting of accelerateSC, an advisory group about reopening the state economy, on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/FOX Carolina) — South Carolina's lieutenat governor has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Officials said Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette had a sore throat and headache Thursday and was tested for the virus, receiving the positive result a day later.  

She has stayed at her family’s home near Greenville since noting the symptoms and is feeling better now.

Officials say two of Evette's staff members and some of her security detail are also isolating as a precaution but have not tested positive.

Health officials are tracing Evette's contacts for the past several days as well.

Evette’s positive test prompted McMaster and his wife to get COVID-19 tests, which both came back negative on Sunday.

Briam Symmes, a spokesman for McMaster's office released this statement on Evette's condition Monday afternoon:

“The Lieutenant Governor began feeling unwell - with a mild sore throat and a headache - on Thursday morning, which is when she decided to cancel her public appearances and isolate at home.

She was tested on Friday afternoon by SCDHEC, which notified her that she was positive for COVID-19 Saturday afternoon.

All members of staff who have been in close contact with the Lieutenant Governor are currently self-quarantined and will remain so for the appropriate 14-day period of time.

Upon learning of the Lieutenant Governor’s positive test result, Governor McMaster and the First Lady were immediately tested by SCDHEC and both results – received Sunday – were negative.

The Lieutenant Governor and her family are feeling much better and will continue their quarantine period at home.

There is no indication of when or where the Lt. Governor contracted the virus. She has followed the guidance of public health officials in terms of social distancing and has prioritized wearing face coverings in public venues.

This goes to show just how contagious this virus really is and further demonstrates how important it is to prioritize each other’s health and safety – just as the Lieutenant Governor did immediately upon exhibiting symptoms.”

Evette also tweeted about her COVID-19 diagnosis on Monday and asked anyone feeling ill to get tested for the virus.

She tweeted:

Like so many others across the world, I have contracted the COVID-19 virus. I began feeling unwell on Thursday morning and immediately began to self-quarantine. I was tested on Friday and got the positive result back on Saturday.

I’m fortunate to have had only mild symptoms and I’m already feeling much better. David has taken GREAT care of me! As careful as I’ve been, this really does show how easily the virus is spread. Please continue to be diligent in keeping yourselves and your loved ones safe.

If you’re showing any symptoms at all, the best thing to do is to get tested right away! There are testing sites readily available all across the state. Learn more here

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