DHEC announces 2 new coronavirus deaths including 1 in Florence County

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced on Friday that two more people died from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to three in the state.

DHEC officials said one patient was an elderly person with an underlying health condition from Florence County. They said the other patient was also an elderly person with an underlying health condition from Charleston County and was a resident of Harmony Assisted Living Facility. DHEC said it is working with the facility to identify all contacts and is providing guidance about infection control measures to prevent spread.

“Sadly, our state has suffered the loss of two of our own,” said Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist. “In the case of both deaths, the patients had recently been reported to have been diagnosed with COVID-19. On behalf of all South Carolinians, we want to express our deepest sympathy for the families and loved ones of these two individuals.”

This comes just hours after DHEC announced there are 45 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number statewide to 125 cases in 25 counties, including eight in Horry County.

The new cases are:

  • Aiken County: 1 new case
  • Anderson County: 3 new cases
  • Beaufort County: 1 new case
  • Berkeley County: 1 new case
  • Charleston County: 1 new case
  • Clarendon County: 1 new case
  • Darlington County: 1 new case
  • Florence County: 1 new case
  • Greenville County: 5 new cases
  • Horry County: 2 new cases
  • Kershaw County: 7 new cases
  • Lexington County: 3 new cases
  • Orangeburg County: 2 new cases
  • Pickens County: 1 new case
  • Richland County: 14 new cases
  • Sumter County: 1 new case

“The public needs to take our recommendations to prevent spread seriously so we can best protect our family, friends and neighbors,” said Bell. “Unfortunately, these case numbers will continue to increase. The agency is working around the clock to prevent the spread of this disease, focusing on those who are most high-risk for experiencing severe illness from the disease. I’d like to remind all South Carolinians that we all have a responsibility to take the recommended steps for limiting spread.”

According to DHEC, 1,255 tests have come back negative for COVID-19, while 125 are positive.

Several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public. For telehealth options and the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit scdhec.gov/COVID19. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC website here.

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