COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Satuday 1,491 new cases of COVID-19, and 35 additional deaths.
This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina since the start of the pandemic to 90,076 and those who have died to 1,683, officials said.
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Friday statewide was 8,075 and the percent positive was 18.5%.
As of Friday, a total of 766,492 tests have been conducted across the state since the start of the pandemic.
Of South Carolina’s 1,459 ICU beds, 326 are available and 1,133 are in use for a 77.66% utilization rate, according to DHEC. There are 1,453 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. Of that number, 359 are in ICU and 235 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