Coronavirus cases in SC surpass 3,000; 72 deaths

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COLUMBIA, SC —  DHEC today announced 274 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, including five additional deaths.

One of the deaths was in Florence County.

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 3,065, and those who have died to 72.

The additional deaths occurred in three middle-aged individuals with underlying health conditions who were residents of Berkley, Florence, and Greenville counties. There were two deaths that occurred in elderly patients with underlying health conditions who were residents of Greenville County.

The number of new cases by county are listed below.

Horry: 18 new (124 total)
Dillon: 2 new (5 total)
Marlboro: 1 new (11 total)
Darlington: 2 new (33 total)
Florence: 11 new (64 total)
Georgetown: 3 new (28 total)

New cases in other counties:
Aiken (6)
Allendale (2)
Anderson (4)
Barnwell (1)
Beaufort (2)
Berkeley (6)
Charleston (15)
Cherokee (3)
Chester (1)
Chesterfield (1)
Clarendon (5)
Darlington (2)
Dillion (2)
Dorchester (7)
Edgefield (4)
Fairfield (1)
Florence (11)
Georgetown (3)
Greenville (54)
Greenwood (1)
Hampton (1),
Horry (18)
Kershaw (7
Lancaster (10)
Laurens (2)
Lee (3)
Lexington (23)
Marlboro (1)
Newberry (2)
Orangeburg (2)
Pickens (5),
Richland (35)
Spartanburg (11)
Sumter (16)
Union (1)
Williamsburg (1)
York (5).

Testing in South Carolina
As of April 9, DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory has conducted 9,489 tests for COVID-19. Of these tests, 1,125 positive and 8,364 were negative. A total of 28,183 total tests by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs have been conducted in the state. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week. The Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.

One county (Saluda) lost a case from its total counts as the individual was determined during case investigations to be a resident of another county. 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.

Hospital Bed Capacity
As of this morning, 5,545 hospital beds are available and 6,173 are utilized, which is a 52.7% statewide hospital bed utilization rate.

Cases by County and ZIP Code
DHEC released two new interactive maps with the latest confirmed and estimated COVID-19 cases by county and ZIP code. The estimated cases represent possible cases based on evidence that for every known case of COVID-19, there could be up to 9 people with the virus who remain unidentified in the community. By including estimates, we hope to better convey the risk of disease spread within our communities.

How South Carolinians Can Protect Themselves
South Carolinians are encouraged to stay home and minimize contact with people outside their households to prevent the spread of the disease. Other steps the public should take include:

  • Monitoring for symptoms
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Avoiding touching frequently touched items
  • Regularly washing your 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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