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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. Vaccination information can be found at scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccination.

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

  • March 31, 2021 – All South Carolinians aged 16 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • March 8, 2021 – South Carolina moves to Phase 1b of its vaccination plan. People aged 55 and up as well as people with increased risk for severe COVID-19 complications become eligible for vaccination.
  • March 1, 2021 – Governor McMaster lifts restrictions on large gatherings as well as the ‘last call’ order on alcohol sales. “… I believe these targeted and limited safety measures are no longer necessary,” said Gov. McMaster.
  • February 27, 2021 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a third vaccine, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019.
  • February 27, 2021 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a third vaccine, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019.
  • February 15, 2021 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 33,841 positive cases, 1,748 hospitalizations, and 643 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 489,018 positive cases, 19,421 hospitalizations, and 8,034 deaths.
  • February 4, 2021 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 30,628 positive cases, 1,649 hospitalizations, and 598 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 453,878 positive cases, 18,462 hospitalizations, and 7,487 deaths.
  • February 3, 2021 – South Carolina has received a total of 777,250 vaccine doses and has given 439,888 shots. Any South Carolina resident aged 65 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can begin scheduling appointments on Feb. 8.
  • January 21, 2021 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 27,091 positive cases, 1,426 hospitalizations, and 498 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 404,492 positive cases, 16,869 hospitalizations, and 6,373 deaths.
  • January 13, 2021 – Any South Carolina resident aged 70 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can now schedule their appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • January 6, 2021 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 21,315 positive cases, 1,159 hospitalizations, and 406 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 328,073 positive cases, 14,851 hospitalizations, and 5,498 deaths.
  • December 28, 2020 – South Carolina receives initial doses of the Moderna vaccine. The state is expected to receive nearly 200,000 doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the end of 2020.
  • December 18, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 16,665 positive cases, 963 hospitalizations, and 340deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 267,076 positive cases, 13,267 hospitalizations, and 4,872 deaths.
  • December 16, 2020 – South Carolina is in the midst of its phased vaccine plan, starting with Phase 1a which covers health care workers and long-term care staff and residents.
  • December 15, 2020 – Spartanburg receives its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Health care workers are among the first to receive the vaccine.
  • December 14, 2020 – A nurse in Queens, NY, became the first person in the United States outside of a clinical trial to receive an injection of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. South Carolina receives its first allocation of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • December 10, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 14,560 positive cases, 879 hospitalizations, and 306 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 241,686 positive cases, 12,618 hospitalizations, and 4,627 deaths.
  • December 3, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 12,920 positive cases, 816 hospitalizations, and 292 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 223,063 positive cases, 12,126 hospitalizations, and 4,466 deaths.
  • November 25, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 11,950 positive cases, 752 hospitalizations, and 271 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 210,905 positive cases, 11,737 hospitalizations, and 4,317 deaths.
  • November 12, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 10,318 positive cases, 690 hospitalizations, and 251 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 190,490 positive cases, 11,084 hospitalizations, and 4,084 deaths.
  • November 6, 2020 – COVID-19 case numbers in the Upstate counties continue to rise at a steady rate, near or beyond previous spikes in the state. SCDHEC experts warn the state may be entering a fall surge.
  • November 5, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 9,590 positive cases, 645 hospitalizations, and 245 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 181,639 positive cases, 10,726 hospitalizations, and 3,992 deaths.
  • October 29, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 9,103 positive cases, 619 hospitalizations, and 232 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 168,549 positive cases, 10,404 hospitalizations, and 3,889 deaths.
  • October 22, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 8,487 positive cases, 599 hospitalizations, and 218 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 164,609 positive cases, 10,102 hospitalizations, and 3,755 deaths.
  • October 15, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 7,802 positive cases, 557 hospitalizations, and 210 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 159,809 positive cases, 9,739 hospitalizations, and 3,593 deaths.
  • October 8, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 7,438 positive cases and 209 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 154,755 positive cases and 3,514 deaths.
  • October 2, 2020 – Gov. Henry McMaster lifts all occupancy limitations in restaurants throughout South Carolina. “South Carolina is open for business” said Gov. McMaster.
  • October 1, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 6,974 positive cases and 204 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 148,323 positive cases and 3,400 deaths.
  • September 24, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 6,565 positive cases and 192 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 141,686 positive cases and 3,262 deaths.
  • September 14, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 5,996 positive cases and 181 deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 132,680 positive cases and 3,077 deaths.
  • September 3, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 5,088 positive cases and 148 confirmed deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 118,699 positive cases and 2,652 deaths.
  • September 1, 2020 – The South Carolina DHEC provides new guidelines for limited outdoor visitation at nursing homes and community residential care facilities.
  • August 24, 2020 – Spartanburg County reports a total of 4,691 positive cases and 120 confirmed deaths. South Carolina reports new totals of 111,202 positive cases and 2,387 deaths.
  • 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 April 1, 2021.