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907 new cases of COVID-19, and 9 additional deaths in South Carolina

State health officials have reported 907 new cases of COVID-19 and 9 more deaths in South Carolina.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – State health officials have reported 907 new cases of COVID-19 and 9 more deaths in South Carolina.

Sunday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 24,661, and those who have died to 653, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The deaths reported on Sunday included six elderly individuals from Chester, Colleton, Florence, and Richland counties, and three of the deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Richland, Spartanburg, and Sumter counties.

There are currently 692 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19, DHEC officials reported.

As of Saturday, a total of 337,469 tests have been conducted in the state. The total number of individuals tested yesterday statewide was 5,622, and the percent positive was 16.1%.

The most current data released by DHEC shows a 79% recovery rate.

The following is a breakdown provided by DHEC of total positive cases and total deaths in Lowcountry counties.

Beaufort County 857 15
Berkeley County 599 20
Charleston County 1,836 19
Colleton County 244 20
Dorchester County 387 3
Georgetown County 258 3
Orangeburg County 506 8
Williamsburg County 333 15

The number of new cases reported on Sunday, June 21 by county are listed below:

Abbeville (2), Aiken (7), Anderson (18), Bamberg (6), Beaufort (41), Berkeley (35), Calhoun (7), Charleston (109), Cherokee (2), Chester (4), Chesterfield (2), Clarendon (2), Colleton (10), Darlington (3), Dillon (3), Dorchester (34), Edgefield (4), Fairfield (4), Florence (20), Georgetown (18), Greenville (133), Greenwood (18), Horry (115), Jasper (4), Kershaw (12), Lancaster (9), Laurens (18), Lee (3), Lexington (43), Marion (5), Marlboro (6), Newberry (7), Oconee (26), Orangeburg (34), Pickens (35), Richland (33), Saluda (3), Spartanburg (19), Sumter (14), Union (4), Williamsburg (4), York (31)

DHEC officials said they have also begun to report probable cases and probable deaths in regard to COVID-19.

The number of a new probable case was reported in Colleton County.

DHEC released the following information on specific cases.

A confirmed case is an individual who had a confirmatory viral test performed by way of a throat or nose swab and that specimen tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive viral test, also called a PCR test or molecular test, alone is enough to classify a confirmed case.

  • A probable case is an individual who has not had a confirmatory viral test performed but has: epidemiologic evidence and clinical evidence of infection, or a positive antibody blood test and either epidemiologic evidence or clinical evidence. (A positive antibody test alone is currently not a reliable method for diagnosing a COVID-19 infection.)
  • A confirmed death is someone whose death is related to COVID-19 and who tested positive with a confirmatory viral test for COVID-19.
  • A probable death is an individual whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death but did not undergo confirmatory viral testing.

State health officials say evidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and don’t know they are infectious.

“This places everyone at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly transmitting it to someone else,” DHEC officials said.

Recommended steps that the public can take include:

  • Practicing social distancing
  • Wearing a mask in public
  • Avoiding group gatherings
  • Regularly washing your hands
  • Staying home if sick

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