DHEC: S.C. registers 655 new COVID-19 cases, 50 additional deaths announced

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Wednesday 655 new COVID-19 cases and 50 additional deaths.

It’s the second straight day 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 429,494 and deaths to 7,248, officials said.

In Horry County, there were 68 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths. In Florence County, 18 new virus cases were reported and no additional deaths.

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

According to DHEC, 9,746 new individual test results were reported statewide, with a percent positive of 9.1%.

Of the state’s 11,261 inpatient hospital beds, 8,972 are in use for a 79.67% utilization rate, according to DHEC. Approximately 1,205 are COVID-19 patients, of which 278 are in ICU and 162 are 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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