BLUFFTON, 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
DHEC requires nursing homes and long-term care facilities to submit weekly reports on their visitation status. The info is updated online here.
South Carolina reports another 15 people dead from COVID-19.
That includes one person in Beaufort County. According to DHEC, the individual was elderly and died on March 3.
For the sixth day in a row, no new deaths have been confirmed in Hampton or Jasper counties.
Statewide, there are 792 additional confirmed cases. That includes 25 more in Beaufort County, with new cases in the single digits in Hampton and Jasper counties.
Current hospitalizations have decreased again. The current total is 623 patients, the lowest since early October. There are 157 patients in ICU and 86 ventilated.
In Beaufort County, hospitalizations dropped slightly to 16, with five patients in ICU.
More than 1,150,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed in South Carolina. Nearly 393,700 people have received both doses of the vaccine.
Confirmed cases: 449,151
Confirmed deaths: 7,711
Tests (serology and antibody): 6,120,006
- Beaufort County
- 14,191 confirmed cases
- 180 confirmed deaths
- Hampton County
- 1,462 confirmed cases
- 38 confirmed deaths
- Jasper County
- 2,046 confirmed cases
- 41 confirmed deaths
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.