Tourists from Myrtle Beach must quarantine when returning to Virginia

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – People flock to the beaches of South Carolina for vacation after being locked up for months by COVID-19. But the coronavirus does not go on vacation.

The state now has the fourth highest rate of new infections in the nation when adjusted for population, behind only Arizona, Arkansas and Alabama.

A hot spot is around Myrtle Beach, which has seen COVID-19 cases jump from less than 300 in early June to nearly 1,600. And that only counts Horry County residents, not visitors who catch the virus on vacation.

Dr. Molly O’Dell, director of communicable disease control for Roanoke Alleghany Health Districts, issued a warning this week to people who recently returned home from a vacation in Myrtle Beach.

“One of the important places that people go and come back positive over and over again is Myrtle Beach,” O’Dell told WDBJ. “We are actually suggesting that people who go quarantine for 14 days because we have had so many positive aspects of Myrtle Beach.”

Many Myrtle Beach businessmen fear that more infections may result in bad publicity that hurts business.

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