DHEC announces two new coronavirus-related deaths in S.C., 32 more cases; 1 new case in Horry County

Coronavirus: Flattening the curve

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

According to DHEC, one patient was an elderly person from Kershaw County who had underlying health conditions. The second patient was an elderly person from Sumter County who also had underlying health conditions.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that one person died in Horry County, while two coronavirus-related deaths are in Florence County.

There are a total of 456 confirmed cases of the virus in South Carolina, 21 of which are in Horry County.

The numbers were announced during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

The number of new cases by county are listed below.

  • Abbeville County: 1 case
  • Aiken County:  2 cases
  • Anderson County: 2 cases
  • Beaufort County: 3 cases
  • Berkeley County: 3 cases
  • Charleston County: 8 cases
  • Fairfield County: 1 case
  • Georgetown County: 1 case
  • Greenville County: 1 case
  • Horry County: 1 case
  • Jasper County: 1 case
  • Kershaw County: 1 case
  • Lancaster County: 1 case
  • Lexington County: 2 cases
  • Orangeburg County: 2 cases
  • Richland County: 1 case
  • York County: 1 case

“This is a serious time that calls for serious actions,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician consultant. “Our chance of reaching the best outcome hinges on us all doing our part. We can’t express strongly enough the importance of all of us practicing social distancing, staying home and away from other people when sick, and washing our hands often.”

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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