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616 COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths reported in SC, 3.7% positivity rate

According to DHEC, there are now 8,208 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic, with 12 more reported in the latest numbers.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released their latest information Saturday. The numbers reflect data that ended a 24-hour period at 11:59 p.m. on April 15.

There were 616 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the latest data. A record 4,413 on Christmas Day. South Carolina had never seen a day above 4,000 before that date and had never seen more than 3,000 prior to December 9. 

According to DHEC, there are now 8,208 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic, with 12 more reported in the latest numbers. There are also 0 probable deaths reported today, for a total of 1,113 probable deaths. 

Hospitalizations remain steady with 522 reported on Saturday, with 135 of those patients in intensive care and 56 on ventilators.

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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: 474,999/93,259 
  • Confirmed and probable deaths: 8,208/1,113
  • Tests performed for South Carolinians: 7,141,778

Testing opportunities (scdhec.gov/COVID19testing)

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Percent positive (scdhec.gov/COVID19dashboard)

  • 22,628 individual test results reported statewide yesterday (not including antibody tests)
  • 3.7% 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.

Additional information and resources

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