Columbia, S.C. – Jaime Harrison, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, today called for a statewide mask mandate for South Carolinians in public spaces. Over a third of all cases in South Carolina have been diagnosed in the past 14 days alone, and South Carolina currently has the 6th-highest positive rate for tests.
“South Carolina has one of the fastest coronavirus growth rates in the country, and our hospitals are strained like at no point during this entire crisis,” Harrison said. “We need effective, practical rules in place that will limit the spread of this deadly virus and give our economy the certainty it needs to open up safely. And without swift action, the chaos of the past few weeks will draw out for the foreseeable future, needlessly holding our economy back and exposing countless South Carolinians to this dangerous disease.
“That is why today, I am calling on Governor McMaster to follow in the footsteps of both Republican and Democratic governors throughout the country in requiring that masks be worn by South Carolinians in all public areas. With hundreds of thousands out of work, getting our economy up and running again means making sure that business owners and customers feel safe. And the science is abundantly clear: Wearing a mask is one of the easiest, most effective ways to keep people safe and limit the spread.”