MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Tuesday 868 new COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths.
It’s the first time in months the state has seen less than 1,000 new daily cases of the novel coronavirus.
This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina since the start of the pandemic to 428,684 and deaths to 7,196, officials said.
In Horry County, there were 74 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death. In Florence County, 22 new virus cases were reported and no additional deaths.
According to DHEC, 21,315 new individual test results were reported statewide, with a percent positive of 5.9%.
Of the state’s 11,210 inpatient hospital beds, 9,217 are in use for a 75.99% utilization rate, according to DHEC. Approximately 1,230 are COVID-19 patients, of which 303 are in ICU and 167 are ventilated.