COLOMBIA, S.C. – Pee Dee accounted for three of the four deaths due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and 48 of 266 new cases reported across the state Saturday by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 11,394 and those who died to 487.
Three deaths occurred in elderly individuals from Clarendon (1) and Williamsburg (2) counties, and one death occurred in middle-aged individuals from Florence County.
The number of new cases by county is Aiken (3), Bamberg (1), Barnwell (1), Beaufort (16), Berkeley (2), Calhoun (3), Charleston (23), Chester (12), Chesterfield (12) , Clarendon (6), Colleton (8), Darlington (8), Dillon (6), Dorchester (3), Fairfield (6), Florence (6), Greenville (9), Greenwood (1), Horry (7) , Jasper (2), Kershaw (5), Lancaster (1), Laurens (2), Lee (5), Lexington (29), Marlboro (12), Newberry (5), Orangeburg (13), Pickens (2) , Richland (25), Saluda (2), Spartanburg (1), Sumter (13), Williamsburg (4), York (12).
As of May 29, a total of 199,735 total tests had been carried out in the state (by the DHEC Public Health Laboratory and private laboratories). The DHEC Public Health Laboratory operates long hours and is testing specimens seven days a week. The current period for the Public Health Laboratory to provide results to healthcare providers is 24-48 hours.
At present, there are 103 cellular testing events scheduled until July 2 with new testing events added regularly. Find mobile testing clinic events near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.
In addition, there are currently 162 permanent testing locations in health care facilities throughout the state. This testing site can be found at scdhec.gov/covid19testing.
Because South Carolina is increasing testing, there will likely be more laboratory confirmed cases. The total number of individuals tested yesterday in the entire state was 4,917 and the positive percent was 5.4%. When the positive percent is low, this might indicate that more extensive testing is being done and the positive percent may more accurately reflect how many diseases there are in the community.
As of Saturday morning, 3,419 inpatient hospital beds were available and 6,964 were in use, which was 67.07% rate of hospital bed use across the state. Of the 6,964 inpatient beds currently in use, 387 were occupied by patients who had tested positive or were being investigated for COVID-19.
Stephen Colbert joined DHEC on Saturday to encourage South Carolina residents to continue to do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of the strong #StaySCStrong influencers campaign from DHEC, Colbert and other South Carolinian colleagues shared educational video messages about steps citizens can take to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. PSAs are available for viewing and sharing here.
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