3 out of 5 new deaths in SC from coronavirus are in local areas


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Three of the five new deaths announced by DHEC on Thursday due to coronavirus are in the News13 coverage area – one new in Horry County and two new in Florence County.

The deaths occurred in elderly individuals who all had underlying health conditions, according to DHEC. This brings the total number of deaths in the state to 31.

DHEC also reported every county in the state now has a documented case of coronavirus. The state reported 261 additional cases on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 1,554.

The number of new cases by county are listed below.

  • Abbeville County: 2 cases
  • Aiken County: 4 cases
  • Anderson County: 10 cases
  • Bamberg County: 1 case
  • Beaufort County: 29 cases
  • Berkeley County: 15 cases
  • Charleston County: 41 cases
  • Cherokee County: 1 case
  • Chester County: 3 cases
  • Chesterfield County: 1 case
  • Clarendon County: 3 cases
  • Colleton County: 1 case
  • Darlington County: 4 cases (15 total to date)
  • Dorchester County: 8 cases
  • Fairfield County: 1 case
  • Florence County: 5 cases (28 total to date)
  • Georgetown County: 1 case (15 total to date)
  • Greenville County: 25 cases
  • Greenwood County: 2 cases
  • Hampton County: 1 case
  • Horry County: 8 cases (50 total to date)
  • Jasper County: 3 cases
  • Kershaw County: 13 cases
  • Lancaster County: 9 cases
  • Lee County: 3 cases
  • Lexington County: 9 cases
  • Marlboro County: 1 case (3 total to date)
  • McCormick County: 1 case
  • Newberry County: 2 cases
  • Pickens County: 1 case
  • Richland County: 24 cases
  • Saluda County: 1 case
  • Spartanburg County: 5 cases
  • Sumter County: 18 cases
  • Union County: 2 cases
  • Williamsburg County: 3 cases

“There are now documented cases of COVID-19 in every county across our state,” Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician. “The level in which it continues to spread will hinge on all of our actions. Please do your part and stay home and limit your close contact with others.”

DHEC’s COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with a map of positive cases as well as the most current recommendations for protecting against COVID-19. In addition, the agency today launched a new interactive heat map to visually represent the spread of the virus in the state.

All South Carolinians are encouraged to stay home and minimize contact with people outside their households to prevent the spread of the disease. Everyone is encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms, practice social distancing, avoid touching frequently touched items, and regularly wash their hands.

Anyone with concerns about their health should reach out to their healthcare provider or use the telehealth services provided by several health care systems. For telehealth options and the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19. Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.


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