DHEC announces 12 new coronavirus-related deaths in S.C., 139 new cases

Coronavirus: Flattening the curve

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced on Wednesday there have been 12 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

The additional deaths occurred in 10 elderly and two middle-aged patients with underlying health conditions, according to DHEC. The elderly individuals were residents from Horry (1), Kershaw (1), Laurens (1), McCormick (1), Newberry (1), Richland (2), and Spartanburg (3) counties. The middle-aged individuals were residents from Clarendon (1) and Richland (1) counties.

This brings the total number of deaths to 63 in South Carolina. Seven of the deaths came from Horry County, while another five coronavirus-related deaths are in Florence County.

In addition, 139 new cases were announced Wednesday, bringing the total across the state up to 2,552. Horry County has seven new cases, for a total of 98.

The number of new cases by county are listed below:

Abbeville (1), Aiken (4), Anderson (10), Beaufort (5), Berkeley (1), Charleston (3), Chester (1), Chesterfield (4), Clarendon (4), Colleton (2), Dorchester (3), Florence (2), Georgetown (2), Greenville (9), Greenwood (2), Horry (7), Kershaw (6), Lancaster (2), Laurens (2), Lee (3), Marlboro (2), Newberry (2), Oconee (2), Orangeburg (1), Richland (32), Spartanburg (6), Sumter (12), Union (1), Williamsburg (1), York (7).

DHEC also released new data on the ages, gender and races of those who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

Data shows the average age of those impacted are 50 years old and the ages of patients range from two months old to 101 years old.

DHEC is also reporting that 53% of confirmed cases are female while 44% are male and the other 3% are unknown. Meanwhile, 54% of patients impacted by the virus are white and 38% are black, according to the latest DHEC data. Two percent of those impacted are Asian, American Indian or Alaskan Native, 2% are unknown and 3% are listed as other.

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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