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 day. 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 dashboard for school COVID-19 reporting has also launched and is updated on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
In the last 24 hours, DHEC reports 1,053 new cases in South Carolina and seven additional confirmed deaths.
Beaufort County sees 29 new cases. Hampton and Jasper counties continue to see lower daily totals, with zero and five new cases respectively.
COVID-19 hospitalizations are now at 879 total inpatients (roughly 11% of all inpatients). There are 236 patients in ICU and 117 ventilated.
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 8,279 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 12.7%.
Gov. Henry McMaster encourages all South Carolinians to “get tested before turkey.”
Cases: 202,422 (probable: 13,707)
Deaths: 4,050 (probable: 303)
Tests: 2,692,606 (includes serology/antibody)
- 6,993 Beaufort County residents (probable: 133)
- 1,049 Jasper County residents (probable: 18)
- 820 Hampton County residents (probable: 37)
- 91 Beaufort County residents (probable: 3)
- 82 elderly
- 9 middle-aged
- 32 Hampton County residents (probable: 1)
- 30 elderly
- 2 middle-aged
- 22 Jasper County residents (probable: 1)
- 17 elderly
- 5 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.