COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) – Officials have released the latest update on the novel coronavirus in South Carolina, which has been reported in all 46 counties.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) updates the numbers online every afternoon. In addition to confirmed cases, DHEC is also reporting probable cases and probable deaths relating to COVID-19. A probable case is an individual who has not had a confirmatory viral test performed but has:
- epidemiologic evidence and clinical evidence of infection, or
- a positive antibody blood test and either epidemiologic evidence or clinical evidence
A new dashboard for school COVID-19 reporting has also launched and will be updated on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
DHEC reports 613 new confirmed cases and an additional 25 deaths.
In the Lowcountry, new cases in Beaufort County total 11. Hampton County saw just two new cases, and Jasper County saw four.
There were no new deaths reported in the three counties.
Of the state’s total inpatients, 786 (9.54%) are hospitalized with COVID-19. There are 190 patients in ICU and 103 ventilated.
Positive test rates statewide remained below 15% for the eighth day in a row. The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 5,592 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 11%.
Cases: 138,171 (probable: 3,515)
Deaths: 3,085 (probable: 177)
Tests: 1,293,940 (includes serology/antibody)
- 5,454 Beaufort County residents (probable: 54)
- 780 Jasper County residents (probable: 2)
- 618 Hampton County residents (probable: 11)
- 78 Beaufort County residents (probable: 3)
- 69 elderly
- 9 middle-aged
- 24 Hampton County residents (probable: 1)
- 23 elderly
- 1 middle-aged
- 19 Jasper County residents (probable: 1)
- 15 elderly
- 4 middle-aged
Note: DHEC considers an elderly patient a person 65 and older. Middle-aged patients are between the ages of 35 and 64.
A delay in the reporting of an individual’s death during this pandemic is often attributed to ensuring the death is accurately classified based on the most up-to-date federal guidance for determining a COVID‐19‐related death.
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South Carolinians with signs of illness are asked to stay home and contact a doctor or use the state’s telehealth options before going to a healthcare facility. Citizens are also asked to continue to practice social distancing, handwashing, and other basic precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.