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DHEC: 2 new deaths, over 100 new cases of coronavirus

The new numbers bring the total number of cases to 660 cases in 40 counties and total deaths to 15.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced two additional deaths related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 15. This brings the state’s total number of deaths to 15.

According to DHEC, both patients were elderly individuals who had underlying health conditions. One patient was a resident of Richland County and one of Horry County.

“Our sincere sympathies are with the family and friends of these individuals as well as the family and friends of everyone who has lost someone to this disease,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician. “Having to report two additional deaths today is a critical reminder of how serious this situation is and how we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our communities from the spread of COVID-19.”

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The department also announced 121 new cases Saturday, bringing the state's total number of cases to 660. 

According to DHEC, this high number is due to reporting cases from a backlog in their public health lab, due to a nationwide shortage of the chemicals required to perform testing. The laboratory has since received the necessary chemicals and is processing tests normally, according to DHEC. The lab is also operating extended hours and testing seven days a week. 

The statewide 660 cases are in 40 counties. 

The number of new cases by county are listed below.

  • Aiken County: 1 case
  • Anderson County: 4 cases
  • Beaufort County: 4 cases
  • Berkeley County: 3 cases
  • Charleston County: 16 cases
  • Chester County: 1 case
  • Clarendon County: 1 case
  • Colleton County: 2 cases
  • Dorchester County: 1 case
  • Florence County: 1 case
  • Georgetown County: 3 cases
  • Greenville County: 6 cases
  • Greenwood County: 1 case
  • Horry County: 4 cases
  • Kershaw County: 7 cases
  • Lancaster County: 1 case
  • Laurens County: 2 cases
  • Lee County: 3 cases
  • Lexington County: 5 cases
  • Newberry County: 1 case
  • Orangeburg County: 2 cases
  • Pickens County: 3 cases
  • Richland County: 16 cases
  • Spartanburg County: 5 cases
  • Sumter County: 14 cases
  • Williamsburg County: 1 case
  • York County: 13 cases

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.

All South Carolinians are encouraged to stay home and minimize contact with people outside their households to prevent the spread of the disease. Everyone is encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms, practice social distancing, avoid touching frequently touched items, and regularly wash their 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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