DHEC announces 21 new COVID-19 deaths in S.C., 1,265 additional cases

Protecting Yourself from Coronavirus (May 2020)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Friday 1,265 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 additional deaths.

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina since the start of the pandemic to 97,554 and those who have died to 1,883, officials said.

In Horry County, there were 59 new cases registered and 1 additional death, 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 6,910 and the percent positive was 18.3%.

Of South Carolina’s ICU beds, 2,614 are available and 8,480 are in use for a nearly 76% utilization rate, according to DHEC. There are 1,415 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. As of Friday, 231 COVID-19 patients are currently on ventilators in South Carolina.

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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