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7-month-old baby in South Carolina tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 8:57 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 09:27:55-04

COLUMBIA, S.C. — (WACH/CNN) -- A 7-month-old in South Carolina has tested positive for coronavirus.

Emmett Doster's case was confirmed last Tuesday at an urgent care center in Elgin, South Carolina.

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Courtney Doster, Emmett's mother, said the baby boy's grandmother tested positive for the virus Saturday.

The Doster family is now under a legal contract with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to remain under quarantine until April 1.

"My husband and I are both, you know, legal guardian, so we're both under the legal contract from DHAC to stay at home. And of course they were all five year. They ask us all not to go anywhere since we've been exposed. And I mean it makes sense because you want to help, you know, not spread the virus," said Courtney Doster.

The family of five includes Emmett, a 4 year old and a 2 year-old. The rest of the family has not been tested but are not experiencing symptoms at this time.

"He woke up from a nap running a fever, so we were going to wait it out and see, but my mom tested positive for the virus as well," said Doster.

Doster said Emmett had a 104-degree fever Monday and the family had trouble figuring out where to get the tests with DHEC.

"It's really sad to watch him. He's been poked so many times in the last 24 hours, so we are just glad he's home and hoping he doesn't take a turn for the worse," said Doster

Doster posted Emmett's story to spread awareness and it has gone viral.

For now, like the rest of the world, the Doster family is taking it one day at a time.

"We're just buddies at home now, and we're hoping and praying that he doesn't take a turn for the worst," she said.