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SC child dies from coronavirus, DHEC confirms

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in South Carolina to 123,552, probable cases to 2,055, confirmed deaths to 2,767, and 140 probable deaths.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina reported a pediatric coroanvirus death in South Carolina, a rare death for a disease that has not proved to be very fatal in the young. 

In data released by DHEC Tuesday, the health agency said the death happened September 3 in Sumter County. A pediatric death is defined by SC as being under the age of 17. DHEC did not give any further information on the age of the person. 

The first child death from the virus in South Carolina was recorded on July 11. That was a 5-year-old child from Chester County. There was another pediatric death reported later but the age of that person was not known. 

Overall the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 590 new confirmed cases and 19 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 19 additional confirmed deaths and one new probable death.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 123,552, probable cases to 2,055, confirmed deaths to 2,767, and 140 probable deaths.

Confirmed and probable cases: please click here.
Confirmed and probable deaths: please click here.

Credit: SCDHEC

490 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, so they can isolate themselves and keep those around them from becoming infected, especially at-risk individuals who can develop life-threatening illness if they contract the virus. Identifying those with COVID-19 who have symptoms helps ensure they receive the medical treatment they need.

RELATED: DHEC offers free COVID-19 testing in Midlands

DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics and make testing available in communities across the state. Currently, there are 241 mobile testing events scheduled through October 17 and there are 249 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 yesterday, a total of 1,075,129 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.

Percent Positive
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 5,256 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 11.2%.

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 today's TeleTracking report.

COVID-19 Information
For the latest information related to COVID-19 visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19. Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.

*As new information is provided to the department, some changes in cases may occur. Cases are reported based on the person’s county of residence, as it is provided to the department. DHEC’s COVID-19 map will adjust to reflect any reclassified cases.