COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina saw a new record number of new COVID-19 cases Saturday, along with the state’s first report of a child dying due to the virus, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
DHEC announced 2,239 new cases were confirmed across the state Saturday. It’s the highest number of single-day cases since the pandemic began. The percent positive is also the highest reported to date at 22.2%.
Horry County saw 208 new cases Saturday, the third-highest increase in the state.
South Carolina currently has 54,538 cases of COVID-19, according to DHEC.
The agency also reported the first death of a child due to the virus in the state. Officials said the child was under the age of five and was from the Midlands area. No other details were provided.
“Today, we mourn the loss of one of our children to this virus. It is heart-wrenching to lose a child under any circumstances, and especially so during a time when we have all lost so much already,” said Dr. Joan Duwve, DHEC Public Health Director. “Our state is in a dire situation and we will continue to mourn the loss of parents, grandparents, children, friends and neighbors until each and every one of us steps up to do what is right, not just for ourselves but for others.”
DHEC also confirmed 17 additional deaths, including deaths in Horry and Dillon counties.
The number of new confirmed cases by county are listed below.
Abbeville (11), Aiken (34), Allendale (8), Anderson (42), Bamberg (11), Barnwell (14), Beaufort (105), Berkeley (76), Calhoun (16), Charleston (317), Cherokee (5), Chester (12), Chesterfield (5), Clarendon (16), Colleton (24), Darlington (17), Dillon (6), Dorchester (82), Edgefield (11), Fairfield (25), Florence (42), Georgetown (42), Greenville (279), Greenwood (69), Hampton (9), Horry (208), Jasper (10), Kershaw (12), Lancaster (21), Laurens (39), Lexington (81), Marion (5), Marlboro (1), McCormick (7), Newberry (17), Oconee (17), Orangeburg (64), Pickens (35), Richland (144), Saluda (13), Spartanburg (126), Sumter (58), Union (14), Williamsburg (11), York (78)
As of Saturday, 533,738 tests have been conducted statewide, according to DHEC.
State health officials are also encouraging residents to do their part in slowing the spread, including steps such as:
- Practicing social distancing
- Wearing a mask in public
- Avoiding group gatherings
- Regularly washing your hands
- Staying home if sick