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Lexington County Sheriff warns people to be on guard for COVID-19 scams

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Sheriff Jay Koon has issued a warning to the citizens of Lexington County regarding scams associated with the coronavirus. On their Twitter page, he warned everyone to be on guard for a new COVID-19 scam law enforcement agency around the are now seeing around the country.

Apparently, you get a text with a link to click because someone you’ve come in contact with has the coronavirus. Of course, clicking the link gives the bad guys access to your phone and potentially every facet of your life you have stored on it. Law enforcement advises you to delete these texts and move on.

There are other scams already out there. That’s why it’s important to monitor local media and official, verified sources for COVID-19 information and updates.

As of Friday afternoon, 254 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lexington County, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The agency estimates there are as many as 1,814 possible coronavirus cases in Lexington County. DHEC reports nine Lexington County residents have died due to COVID-19 infection.

Although the risk of severe illness might be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who might have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

The entire Lexington County community has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves. Remember, you are also protecting your family and essential workers such as health care providers, first responders, grocery store employees and transportation workers. By following the simple guidelines we’ve all seen hundreds of times, you can do your part to fight this disease.

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