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Lakelands lawmakers address push for stay-at-home ruling

Lakelands lawmakers are largely leaving it up to Gov. Henry McMaster whether to issue a statewide stay-at-home order.

State Reps. Gary Clary, R-Pickens, and Neal Collins, R-Easley, on Tuesday asked the governor by way of a letter to apply the order to all businesses except essential stores and services. This plan includes closing nonprofits, gyms, churches and day cares.

“During a time of emergency like this, there needs to be one person in charge,” said state Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood. “I don’t think legislators should be interfering.”

Republican state Sen. Mike Gambrell, whose district slices through Anderson, Abbeville and Greenwood counties, said the governor has his options open. “I’ve got to trust the governor.”

“I don’t know if the governor needs to, but people need to practice safe distancing,” said state Rep. Craig Gagnon, R-Abbeville. “I think he will do what needs to be done.”

Democratic state Rep. Anne Parks, of Greenwood, said she would want to hear what stay at home means. “Some people are not taking it seriously.”

State Sen. Floyd Nicholson, a Greenwood Democrat, declined to comment until he could read what was being proposed.

Contact staff writer James Hicks at 864-943-5648 or on Twitter @jameshicks3.

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Plastic recycling has ceased in McCormick, Saluda and Edgefield counties. However, officials hope that this will only be temporary.

A second Greenwood senior care facility has reported a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, and another employee is suspected of possibly having the virus.

State health officials announced 297 new cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths connected to the respiratory virus.

Lake Greenwood was abuzz with boating activity this past weekend.

State health officials announced Saturday they inadvertently left 154 cases of COVID-19 out of Saturday's number, meaning the day saw 420 new cases — the highest daily tally to date.

State health officials reported 266 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and four additional deaths from the respiratory virus.

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