DHEC: 248 new COVID-19 cases in SC, 6 more deaths

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COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 248 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 6 additional death Saturday.

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 9,895 and those who have died to 425, according to the state health department.

Five deaths were in elderly people from Chesterfield (1), Florence (1), Marion (1), Richland (1), and York (1) counties, and one death occurred in a middle-aged person from Clarendon County, DHEC said.

The number of new cases by county are listed below:

  • Aiken (2)
  • Barnwell (2)
  • Beaufort (22)
  • Berkeley (3)
  • Charleston (10)
  • Cherokee (1)
  • Chester (2)
  • Chesterfield (11)
  • Clarendon (1)
  • Colleton (3)
  • Darlington (2)
  • Dillon (2)
  • Dorchester (11)
  • Fairfield (3)
  • Florence (15)
  • Georgetown (2)
  • Greenville (30)
  • Greenwood (3)
  • Horry (11)
  • Jasper (2)
  • Kershaw (10)
  • Lancaster (1)
  • Lee (4)
  • Lexington (14)
  • Marion (3)
  • Marlboro (18)
  • Oconee (1)
  • Orangeburg (12)
  • Pickens (4)
  • Richland (14)
  • Saluda (1)
  • Spartanburg (10)
  • Sumter (4)
  • Williamsburg (9)
  • York (5)

163,818 total tests have been conducted in the state (by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs) as of Friday, DHEC said.

As of Saturday morning, there were 3,464 inpatient hospital beds available and 6,834 in use, which is a 66.36 percent statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 6,834 inpatient beds currently used, 430 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

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