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The City of Greenville does not intend to change the way it implements the mask regulations, even if the increase in COVID-19 cases in the area is related to senior health officials.

Greenville spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said on Friday that New York City has no plans to change its law enforcement methods after an urban press conference reminded the community to stay vigilant to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Knox White did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the city plans to make any enforcement changes on Friday afternoon.

White said that early Friday, New York City will proactively learn about what happened, especially during the holiday season, and to ensure that there are good signage and “presence and constant reminders to stay alert.”

According to Greenville’s expanded emergency regulations passed earlier this month, customers and employees are required to wear face shields in all retail locations. Employees of closely connected companies such as hair salons must also wear masks when working with customers.

Brighton said that until now, the implementation of the decree has been a “comprehensive approach” that relies on citizens’ tips.

White said that New York City also hopes to make it easier to report illegal behaviors through the “General Resident Helpline”. Citizens can call the hotline to report companies that lack compliance, and the city government will conduct inspections.

The Brotherhood said that companies that do not comply with the law will be warned first. If the problem persists, the police department will step in to “make sure we have no problems.” She could not immediately answer how many citations the city issued, or how often the police had to intervene.

She said: “We are seriously implementing the current laws.”

Relevant senior health officials

The director of public health in South Carolina expressed concern at a press conference on Friday morning about the increase in the number of cases in Greenville and warned that even small and medium-sized gatherings are a “risk”.

Dr. Brannon Traxler, interim director of public health at the State Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), said: “What we are seeing is worrying, very worrying.”

Dr. Eric Ossmann, head of emergency at Traxler and Prisma Health, said that even small and medium gatherings of people living in different families are a risk, and this is where a large number of viruses are currently spreading in the community. Management, disaster preparedness and mobile integrated healthcare. They did not provide any specific statistics to illustrate this decision.

Traxler said: “We have not seen a major outbreak of businesses and similar incidents. This is sometimes when people gather in small and medium-sized or even large groups, but usually small and medium groups, and then anyone outside the family. It’s a risk,”. “These are dangerous activities. I think people will lower their vigilance. We must remember that even if it is an eight-person dinner party, anyone outside your family is in danger.”

Ossmann or Traxler pointed out that there have been no specific incidents in the Upstate area recently, which has led to an increase in cases. They reiterated that it is difficult to determine where people were exposed to the virus.

Traxler said: “We have not yet determined the large super spreader incident.”

Osman said that DHEC has a large number of public health experts contacting and tracking to find out whether there is any “related reason” behind the secondary cases they have seen, and they have not found a major incident.

He said: “We are seeing most of the spread occurring in the family unit in the community, in the neighborhood unit. This is happening, we can call it a’medium group setting’.”

Case rise

Traxler said that in the past two weeks since the pandemic began, new cases in Greenville County accounted for 10% of the county’s total. In the briefing, she bordered White and senior health officials from Prisma Health and Bon Secours St. Francis.

Prior to Friday’s press conference, DHEC did not raise the same concerns about the recent increase in Upstate cases, or when asked by Greenville News, there was no answer to the reasons that might have contributed to this trend.

When asked by News Friday whether there is a “disconnect” between local attention and state attention, White said he did not know whether “we are different from other parts of the state.”

“I do think that the whole purpose of today’s meeting is to let people know that we can’t really let down our guard, especially when the holidays are approaching. I think we must pay special attention to this. Therefore, we have the strong message we want to convey today.” White said.

The number of cases in the northern region reached the highest level since the beginning of August, and as October approaches the end, all regions of the entire Palmetto state are accelerating.

Greenville County has always been the county with the highest number of cases because DHEC releases new daily cases every day.

At the same time, according to the latest data from DHEC, the infection rate is 3,345 per 100,000, which puts Greenville among the state in this statistical category.

DHEC’s analysis showed that Bamberg County in Lowcountry has nearly 4,900 infections per 100,000 people, the highest infection rate in the state, while York County on the border of North Carolina has the lowest infection rate, at approximately 2,300 per 100,000 people. Cases of infection. .

Speaking of recent trends in Greenville, Osman said: “We are worried about this surge.”

He said that Prisma Health had about 70 COVID-19 patients in its hospital system on September 1, but this number has grown to about 130, which actually almost doubled in less than two months. Fan.

He said: “If this trend continues, we will eventually return to the situation like in August, when we had a large number of patients in the hospital.”

The chief clinical officer of the health system, Dr. Marus Blackstone (Marus Blackstone), said that some patients are also “going ill” to St. Francis Hospital in Bonsecourt.

He said: “We are definitely heading in the wrong direction. What keeps me awake at night is the inability or inability to take the medical system away from us to take care of the patients because our beds, supplies, and our ventilators are insufficient. It’s overspend. That’s what we were worried about when we entered the flu season, and we had a surge in COVID.”

Traxler urges people to get the flu vaccine when the cold and flu season begins to intensify, and says this is particularly important this year.

Holidays will be “different this year”

In the upcoming holiday season, the analysis of small and medium group gatherings becomes particularly important.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year are major issues. Dr. Wendell James, Chief Clinical Officer of Prisma Health-Upstate, said: “It was a large-scale social holiday. This year will be different.”

During those holidays and Halloween on Saturday, he urged people not to “gather” as usual.

He said: “We can’t do the same as we did in the past. It’s been a while. In the next few months, we will continue to deal with the pandemic that has not disappeared and has not yet been eliminated. Up, this is very common in our community. Therefore, we will have to push this responsibility to another level.”

Not seriously affected communities

Traxler said that COVID-19 no longer affects any specific subgroup of higher-level communities.

According to DHEC, since the beginning of the pandemic, in Greenville County earlier this year, Hispanic residents accounted for approximately 20% of all COVID-19 cases. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by contrast, the Hispanic or Hispanic population is less than 10% of the county’s population.

Traxler said that despite this, the number of COVID-19 cases among Hispanic residents in Greenville County has actually fallen.

James said that they are committed to increasing testing and education in these communities, which is effective.

He said: “Almost everyone in Upstate’s subpopulation has a similar ratio.” “The current population is so popular, there is no difference.”

Plan vaccine

Osman said that if the ongoing research work goes on smoothly, a vaccine may be approved before January 1.

In South Carolina, they are working with DHEC, the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a vaccine distribution plan.

He said the initial supply will be “quite limited,” so they may try to “provide it to those who may need it most in the first round, and then release it into the community as the vaccine becomes available.”

Gabe Cavallaro (Gabe Cavallaro) is responsible for the development and local government of the thriving Golden Zone in the northern region. He likes to cook, watch football and basketball, and be with his fiance. And their dog Jackie. Contact him on Twitter @gabe_cavallaro or facebook.com/cavallarogabe, or email him at gcavallaro@greenvillenews.com.

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