DHEC: S.C. sees record number of new COVID-19 cases with nearly 5,000

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Friday 4,986 new COVID-19 cases and 28 additional deaths.

This is a record number of new COVID-19 cases, eclipsing the 4,370 set on Dec. 25.

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina since the start of the pandemic to 315,353 and deaths to 5,217, officials said.

In Horry County, there were 186 new COVID-19 cases and one new death. In Florence County, 142 new virus cases were reported and four new deaths.

For a complete breakdown of new COVID-19 cases across the state, click here. For new deaths, click here.

According to DHEC, 15,691 new individual test results were reported statewide, with a percent positive of 31.8%.

Of the 11,174 inpatient hospital beds in S.C., 8,968 are in use for a 82.26% utilization rate, according to DHEC. Of that number, 1,046 are COVID-19 patients, with 261are in ICU and 111 ventilated.

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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