COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Tuesday 1,573 new cases of COVID-19, and 52 additional deaths.
This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina since the start of the pandemic to 83,720 and those who have died to 1,505, officials said.
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Monday statewide was 8,689 and the percent positive was 18.1%.
As of Tuesday, 329 ICU beds are available across the state and 1,119 are in use, a 77.28% bed utilization rate. According to DHEC, there are 1,575 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. Of that number, 401 are in ICU and 256 are ventilated.
Evidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and don’t know they are infectious. This places everyone at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly transmitting it to someone else. Steps we can take to protect ourselves and others include:
- Practicing social distancing
- Wearing a mask in public
- Avoiding group gatherings
- Regularly washing your hands
- Staying home if sick