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Statewide mask requirement would slow COVID-19 spread, DHEC epidemiologist says

BY JOSEPH BUSTOS | The State | JUNE 24, 2020 04:04 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C.

South Carolina’s top epidemiologist said Wednesday that requirements statewide to wear masks would be more effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

“As we continue to witness the rise in cases, if we work at strengthening mask requirements one municipality at a time, I do feel like we won’t get to where we need to be quickly enough,” State Epidemiologist Linda Bell said during a conference call with reporters.

“On a statewide basis, it would certainly be much more effective if we could do something as soon as possible … to get the adoption widespread across the state,” Bell said.

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