CHESTERFIELD, S.C. (AP) — The sheriff and chief deputy in one rural South Carolina county both have tested positive for COVID-19.
Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon and Chief Deputy Chris Page will not return to the office for at least 14 days and until they are cleared by doctors, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Also, health workers are tracing anyone who came in extended contact with the men to encourage them to be tested. The sheriff’s office also is cleaning its office, all equipment and vehicles.
Both Dixon and Rose said they got tested because they had symptoms of the coronavirus.
South Carolina has seen a spike in cases in the past two weeks. The state saw a record 447 new cases Friday to bring the total COVID-19 case count to nearly 13,500, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Also Friday, 13 additional deaths were reported, bringing the COVID-19 death toll to at least 538 people.