DHEC announces 45 new COVID-19 deaths in S.C., 1,346 additional cases

Protecting Yourself from Coronavirus (May 2020)

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.

In Horry County, there were 82 new cases registered and five additional deaths, according to DHEC. A breakdown of new cases can be found here, while the additional deaths can be found here.

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

For the latest information related to COVID-19 visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19. Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.

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