COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's number of daily coronavirus cases rose again Monday but the percent positive rate hit its lowest level in five weeks.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 1,226 new confirmed cases 17 additional confirmed deaths and no new probable deaths.
There were also three new probable cases. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 82,071, probable cases to 346, confirmed deaths to 1,452, and 54 probable deaths.
The percent positive was 14.6%. The last time the state saw a number that low was back on June 21, when it was 12.6%.
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Of the news 17 new deaths, 14 were of elderly people (65& older). The other three were middle-age residents (35-65).
Testing in South Carolina
As of Sunday, a total of 711,726 tests have been conducted in the state. See a detailed breakdown of tests in South Carolina on the Data and Projections webpage. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week, and the Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.
[Daily cases since March in South Carolina. Dotted line shows the trend.]
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Sunday statewide was 8,395 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 14.6%.
Nearly 100 Mobile Testing Clinics Scheduled Statewide
As part of our ongoing efforts to increase testing in underserved and rural communities across the state, DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics that bring testing to these communities. Currently, there are 96 mobile testing events scheduled through August 31 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.
Residents can visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for information about getting tested at one of 214 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state.
Hospital Bed Occupancy
Since Wednesday, hospitals have actively been making a transition to a new federal reporting system for providing bed occupancy and other important information. DHEC is monitoring their efforts to transition to the new system. At this time, DHEC is aware that the information currently provided by hospitals through the new system has inaccuracies. Once DHEC is able to verify the information the hospitals are reporting as part of this new system is accurate and the system is fully implemented, we will resume our effort to provide daily data reports.
As background, the CDC notified all users of its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) on Tuesday, July 14, that the COVID-19 Module for Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity would cease serving as an option for hospital reporting during this pandemic. DHEC issued a Public Health Order supporting the transition from NHSN to TeleTracking on July 15.
How South Carolinians Can Stop the Spread
Evidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and don’t know they are infectious. This places everyone at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly transmitting it to someone else. Steps we can take to protect ourselves and others include:
- Practicing social distancing
- Wearing a mask in public
- Avoiding group gatherings
- Regularly washing your hands
- Staying home if sick