South Carolina: Latest updates on Coronavirus

Last updated on March 26 at 6:00 p.m. E.T.

South Carolina is reporting 456 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9 deaths associated with the virus, according to the state's  Department of Health and Environmental Control

As US coronavirus cases continue to climb,  South Carolina is expected to see more than 8,000 confirmed cases by early may, according to projections posted on the health department's website on March 26.

On Monday (March 23), Fort Jackson — the Army's largest training base in the nation — said two recruits tested positive for COVID-19, the Post and Courier reported. (Two additional cases were confirmed on Wednesday). The fort, located in Columbia, SC, sees more than 45,000 recruits every year. Last week, Charleston Air Force Base and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort also announced cases.

On Tuesday (March 17) Gov. Henry McMaster announced that all bars and restaurants state-wide must cease offering dine-in service, effective Wednesday (March 18). Gatherings of more than 50 people are also banned across the state, the South Carolina Post and Courier reported.

On Monday (March 16), the governor announced that all public schools, colleges and technical colleges will be closed state-wide until at least March 31.

While the governor has yet to declare a state of emergency for South Carolina, multiple individual counties have done so, including Charleston county, home to the state's most populous city.

One of the state's largest health care systems, Prisma Health, is setting aside an entire hospital (North Greenville Hospital) to treat people who become sick in the pandemic, according to the Post and Courier.

Originally published on Live Science.