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779 new COVID-19 cases, 8 additional deaths reported Feb. 22 in South Carolina

DHEC data shows a total of 5,751,916 tests for coronavirus have been administered in the state since the beginning of the pandemic

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released their latest information Monday. The numbers reflect data that ended a 24-hour period at 11:59 p.m. on February 20.

There were 779 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the latest data. A record 6,824 new positive cases were reported on January 8. South Carolina had never seen a day above 4,000 before Christmas Day and had never seen more than 3,000 prior to December 9, 2020.

According to DHEC, there is a total of 7,417 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic, with 8 additional deaths reported in the latest numbers. The highest number of confirmed COVID-19 related deaths reported in a single day was 93, reported on January 15, 2021. There are also 2 probable deaths reported today, for a total of 915 probable deaths.

Hospitalizations continue a steady decline with 993 new hospitalizations reported on Monday, with 231 of those patients in intensive care and 135 on ventilators. A single day record of 2,453 hospitalizations was reported January 12, 2021.

Here are the rest of the day's numbers.

Today's cases and deaths (scdhec.gov/COVID19)

Cumulative totals (scdhec.gov/COVID19)

  • Confirmed and probable cases: 437,018/68,571
  • Confirmed and probable deaths:7,417/915
  • Tests performed for South Carolinians: 5,751,916

Testing opportunities (scdhec.gov/COVID19testing)

Percent positive (scdhec.gov/COVID19dashboard)

  • 23,892 molecular test results reported statewide yesterday (not including antibody tests)
  • 4.6% percent positive

Facility reports

The information above as well as extensive reporting on county-level information, demographics and more is available at scdhec.gov/COVID19. The website is updated between 1 p.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekends. Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccine for the latest vaccine information.

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