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Official Advisories and Updates

The City of Spartanburg is providing official Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and advisories at cityofspartanburg.org/coronavirus.

Cases of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, began popping up in the United States in January. On March 7, the first presumptive positive case in Spartanburg was announced. This page will be continually updated with the latest news as well as a list of local resources.

Spartanburg COVID-19 Updates

  • August 11, 2020 – Spartanburg reports a total of 4,159 cases and 98 deaths.
  • August 3, 2020 – Gov. McMaster’s past recommended guidelines for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people are now mandatory. The governor calls for local governments to enact mask ordinances.
  • July 27, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 3,447 positive cases and 74 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 82,071 positive cases and 1,452 deaths.
  • July 23, 2020 – Spartanburg District 7 announces that it will offer an in-person learning plan and a fully virtual (online) learning plan for the upcoming school year.
  • July 16, 2020 – U.S. reports a record 75,600 new daily cases; the number has more than doubled since June 24. Greenville County reports a total of 7,846 positive cases and 122 deaths. Spartanburg County reports a total of 2,825 confirmed positive cases and 58 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 63,880 positive cases and 1,053 deaths.
  • July 15, 2020 – Gov. Henry McMaster urges schools to reopen for face-to-face instruction in the fall.
  • July 13, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 2,561 confirmed positive cases and 57 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 58,003 positive cases and 961 deaths.
  • July 10, 2020 – Gov. Henry McMaster prohibits alcohol sales at bars and restaurants after 11 pm.
  • June 30, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 1,608 confirmed positive cases and 46 deaths.
  • June 29, 2020 – City of Spartanburg announces a face covering requirement for establishments such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • June 23, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 1,257 confirmed positive cases and 42 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 26,572 positive cases and 673 deaths.
  • June 17, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports an increased total of 1,026 confirmed positive cases while the number of reported deaths remains at 37. South Carolina reports new totals of 19,990 positive cases and 607 deaths.
  • June 12, 2020 – Governor McMaster issues Executive Order 2020-40 and lifts restrictions on bowling alleys and retail capacity restraints.
  • June 11, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports an increased total of 843 positive cases and 37 deaths.
  • June 10, 2020 – Dr. Bell of the SC DHEC states that she is “… more concerned about COVID-19 in South Carolina than [she has] ever been before.” South Carolina reports 15,759 positive cases and 575 deaths.
  • June 4, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports an increased total of 687 positive cases, 4,907 estimated total cases, and 25 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 13,005 positive cases and 525 deaths.
  • May 27, 2020 – SC DHEC Director Rick Toomey resigns, citing family and health reasons. South Carolina reports a total of 466 deaths associated with COVID-19. Nationally, the total number of deaths approaches 100,000.
  • May 22, 2020 – Gov. McMaster lifts restrictions on attraction facilities.
  • May 13, 2020 – Gov. McMaster announces that additional close-contact service providers, such as gyms and salons, can begin operating in a limited capacity on May 18.
  • May 4, 2020 – Gov. McMaster lifts the statewide “work-or-home” order.
  • May 1, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports an increased total of 287 positive cases, 1,763 estimated cases, and 9 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 6,095 positive cases and 244 deaths.
  • April 20, 2020 – Gov. McMaster announces that public beaches and certain stores may reopen. Spartanburg reports an increased total of 225 positive cases and 6 deaths.
  • April 15, 2020 – Spartanburg reports an increased total of 191 positive cases and 5 deaths.
  • April 6, 2020 – Gov. McMaster issues a statewide “home-or-work” order.
  • April 5, 2020 – Spartanburg reports a total of 76 positive cases. South Carolina death total increases to 44.
  • April 1, 2020 – Gov. McMaster issues an emergency order closing non-essential businesses. South Carolina reports three new deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 22.
  • March 31, 2020 – South Carolina reports its nineteenth Coronavirus fatality. Total number of Spartanburg cases increases to 37.
  • March 26, 2020 – South Carolina reports its ninth death related to Coronavirus. Spartanburg reports an increased total of 9 positive cases.
  • March 25, 2020 – BMW announces the temporary shutdown of BMW Plant Spartanburg beginning March 29, citing supply chain issues and health concerns as the driving factors.
  • March 24, 2020 – Total number of Spartanburg cases increases to 3.
  • March 17, 2020 – Mayor Knox issues a public statement urging social distancing. All city events are canceled until further notice, and city operations are modified.
  • March 16, 2020 – South Carolina announces its first Coronavirus associated death. SRHS temporarily suspends all visitation to hospitals.
  • March 15, 2020 – Officials close all public schools in South Carolina.
  • March 8, 2020 – Spartanburg reports its first presumptive positive case.
  • March 7, 2020 – South Carolina confirms its first two cases of coronavirus.

What You Need to Know

Symptoms – These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses): fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Older Adults & Medical Conditions – Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

Prepare Your Family – The CDC has created a list of what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.

Restaurants Offering Takeout, Dine-in, and Outdoor Service

In addition to takeout and delivery, many of Spartanburg’s restaurants have reopened for indoor and outdoor dining. Visit our list of Spartanburg restaurants with takeout, dine-in, and outdoor service.

Discussion Boards

Whether you have a question about the Coronavirus or you just want to chat, visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 discussion forums to share what’s on your mind.

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Last updated at 1:00 pm on August 11, 2020.