COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Friday 1,346 new cases of COVID-19, and 45 additional deaths.
This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina since the start of the pandemic to 88,523 and those who have died to 1,647, officials said.
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Thursday statewide was 7,065 and the percent positive was 19.1%.
Of South Carolina’s 1,447 ICU beds 309 are available and 1,138 are in use for a 78.65% utilization rate, according to DHEC. There are 1,516 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. Of that number, 373 are in ICU and 237 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