COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina saw a bit of a increase in the number of coronavirus cases from the day before, recording 164 more from the previous day.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 701 new confirmed cases and 18 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 22 additional confirmed deaths and no new probable deaths.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 130,917, probable cases to 2,553, confirmed deaths to 2,943, and 155 probable deaths.
On Monday, there were 537 confirmed cases.
Here is a look at the number of cases per county in the Midlands: Calhoun (2), Clarendon (10), Fairfield (2), Kershaw (15), Lee (1), Lexington (54), Newberry (2), Orangeburg (12), Richland (60), Saluda (3), Sumter (19).
Who Should Get Tested?
If you are out and about in the community, around others, or not able to socially distance or wear a mask, DHEC recommends that you get tested at least once a month.
Routine testing allows public health workers to diagnose those who are asymptomatic and interrupt the ongoing spread of the virus. Learn more about who should get tested here.
More than 610 Testing Opportunities Available Statewide
Testing for COVID-19 is essential because it helps identify people who are infected with the virus, whether or not they have symptoms.
DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics and make testing available in communities across the state. Currently, there are 379 mobile testing events scheduled through October 29 and there are 236 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Find a testing clinic or event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19testing.
Testing in South Carolina
As of Monday, a total of 1,165,256 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.
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Monday statewide was 4,465 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 15.7%.
Hospital Bed Occupancy
Hospitals report their information each day to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by way of TeleTracking, and that same reporting is also provided to DHEC. Click here to view data from Tuesday's TeleTracking report.