SCDHEC announces 226 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths in state

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COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 226 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 11 additional deaths Saturday.

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 6,489 and those who have died to 267, according to SCDHEC.

Nine of the deaths occurred in elderly individuals from Edgefield (1), Florence (1), Greenville (1), Laurens (1), Lee (1), Lexington (1), and Richland (3) counties, according to state health officials. Two of the deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Richland (1) and Sumter (1) counties, DHEC said.

The number of new cases by county are listed below:

  • Aiken 4
  • Anderson 5
  • Bamberg 2
  • Barnwell 1
  • Beaufort 1
  • Charleston 3
  • Chester 2
  • Chesterfield 1
  • Clarendon 4
  • Darlington 5
  • Dillon 13
  • Dorchester 1
  • Edgefield 2
  • Fairfield 5
  • Florence 4
  • Georgetown 1
  • Greenville 20
  • Greenwood 4
  • Kershaw 6
  • Lancaster 1
  • Lee 2
  • Lexington 43
  • Marion 1
  • Marlboro 3
  • Newberry 1
  • Orangeburg 4
  • Richland 33
  • Saluda 11
  • Spartanburg 8
  • Sumter 18
  • Williamsburg 12
  • York 5

DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory has conducted 16,320 tests for COVID-19 as of Saturday. Of these tests, 2,191 were positive and 14,129 were negative. A total of 61,616 total tests by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs have been conducted in the state.

As of Saturday morning, 6,573 hospital beds are utilized and 4,824 are available, which is a 57.7 percent statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 6,573 beds currently used, 370 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

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