COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has announced 1,291 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 10 additional confirmed deaths. DHEC has also reported 12 new probable cases as well.
This brings the total number of people confirmed cases to 27,842, probable cases to 55 and confirmed deaths to 683.
There are currently 832 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.
On June 18, DHEC announced it will begin reporting probable cases and deaths. A probable case, according to DHEC officials, is an individual who has not had a confirmatory viral test performed but meets the following qualifications:
Has epidemiologic evidence and clinical evidence of infection, or
A positive antibody blood test and either epidemiologic evidence or clinical evidence.
- A probable death, according to DHEC, is a person whose death certificate lists COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death but did not undergo confirmatory viral testing.
- You can find more information on probable cases and deaths here.
Eight of the deaths being reported occurred in elderly individuals from Beaufort (1), Charleston (1), Dillon (1), Greenville (1), Lexington (1), Orangeburg (1), and Spartanburg (2) counties, and two of the deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Greenville (1) and Newberry (1) counties.
New confirmed cases by county as of Wednesday, June 24:
- Abbeville (5)
- Aiken (21)
- Anderson (22)
- Bamberg (8)
- Barnwell (4)
- Beaufort (38)
- Berkeley (38)
- Calhoun (1)
- Charleston (175)
- Cherokee (8)
- Chester (2)
- Chesterfield (7)
- Clarendon (5)
- Colleton (5)
- Darlington (7)
- Dillon (6)
- Dorchester (32)
- Edgefield (2)
- Fairfield (3)
- Florence (19)
- Georgetown (18)
- Greenville (241)
- Greenwood (10)
- Horry (183)
- Jasper (4)
- Kershaw (12)
- Lancaster (3)
- Laurens (8)
- Lee (2)
- Lexington (54)
- Marion (6)
- Marlboro (7)
- Newberry (32)
- Oconee (19)
- Orangeburg (29)
- Pickens (66)
- Richland (86)
- Saluda (5)
- Spartanburg (38)
- Sumter (20)
- Union (4)
- Williamsburg (8)
- York (28)
The number of new probable cases are listed below:
- Beaufort (3)
- Greenville (1)
- Lancaster (4)
- Lexington (2)
- Pickens (1)
- Richland (1)
Testing in South Carolina
As of yesterday, a total of 362,219 tests have been conducted in the state. See a detailed breakdown of tests in South Carolina on the Data and Projections webpage. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week, and the Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.
Percent Positive Test Trends among Reported COVID-19 Cases The total number of individuals tested yesterday statewide was 8,191 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 15.8%.
More than 60 Mobile Testing Clinics Scheduled Statewide As part of our ongoing efforts to increase testing in underserved and rural communities across the state, DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics that bring testing to these communities. Currently, there are 61 mobile testing events scheduled through July 21 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.
Residents can also get tested at one of 164 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information.
Hospital Bed Occupancy As of this morning, 2,769 inpatient hospital beds are available and 7,721 are in use, which is a 73.6% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,721 inpatient beds currently used, 832 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.
How South Carolinians Can Stop the Spread Everyone is 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
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is spread mainly from person-to-person by those in close contact, or through coughing and sneezing by someone who’s infected.
Symptoms of the coronavirus can show up between two and 14 days of exposure, health officials say. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
For most people, COVID-19 causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But some severe cases can lead to death.
Most people can recover from the virus at home using over-the-counter medications to treat their symptoms.
Some people who have the virus don’t show any symptoms, but they can still spread it to others. The CDC estimates that up to 35% of all cases are asymptomatic.
Those who are at the highest risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19 are the elderly and those who are already being treated for chronic medical diseases.
The CDC says about 3% of people who show symptoms of the virus need to be hospitalized, but that percentage is doubled for seniors.
Young people who contract the virus are not likely to have a serious case, research shows. However, the CDC said about 40% of people who needed to be hospitalized due to the coronavirus are between the ages of 18 and 64.
Those who are hospitalized with serious cases of COVID-19 have trouble breathing, and many need support from ventilators, which breathe for them. The U.S. is working to produce more of the machines to prepare, but experts fear a shortage of life-saving devices.
Children are the least likely to develop COVID-19. However, a serious but rare inflammatory condition in children has been linked with the coronavirus. Click or tap here to read more about that.
The mortality rate for people with the virus was first widely reported around 2 to 3%, but health experts noted at the time that the actual percentage was not that high, as not all cases are diagnosed or reported.
As of mid-May, the CDC estimates about 0.4% of people who get COVID-19 will die from it.
The rate is higher than the flu, which kills on average about 0.1% of people who get it, based on a 10-year average of data from the CDC.
Anyone with concerns about their health, or who believes they are showing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider. Avoid going to the doctor or an emergency room unless the situation is life-threatening.
People without a doctor can take advantage of free online screening from Prisma Health and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
MUSC has an online platform to aid with coronavirus diagnosis and care. Go to musc.care and access the COVID-19 platform. The service is free with code: COVID19.
Prisma Health also has a free virtual visit, which allows patients to video conference with a doctor instead of coming into a facility. The goal is to keep patients who don’t need to be treated at a hospital at home. Go to prismahealth.org/virtual-visit and use promo code COVID19 for a free virtual visit.
For more information on COVID-19, click or tap here to visit the CDC’s website.
For the latest information related to COVID-19 visit scdhec.gov/COVID19