CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - State health officials announced Thursday afternoon that there has been 261 new cases of COVID-19.
That brings the statewide total cases to 1,554 in all 46 counties, according to officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
“There are now documented cases of COVID-19 in every county across our state,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, a DHEC physician. “The level in which it continues to spread will hinge on all of our actions. Please do your part and stay home and limit your close contact with others.”
As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 6,995 tests for coronavirus with 1,554 testing positive and 5,441 testing negative.
Last week, DHEC released projections of positive cases in the state which indicated there would be more than 2,600 by April 2. However, Thursday’s data showed the state’s positive cases about 1,000 cases lower than the expected projection.
State health officials also projected that there would be around 8,000 positive cases by May 2.
Currently, Charleston County has the most positive cases in the state with 231 followed by Richland County with 200.
The agency also announced five additional deaths related to COVID-19.
The deaths occurred in elderly individuals who all had underlying health conditions.
Two were residents of Florence County, one of Anderson County, one Horry County, and one of Sumter County.
This brings the total number of deaths in the state to 31.
Officials with DHEC said their Public Health Laboratory is averaging 400 tests per day currently. A backlog that was reported last week has been eliminated and the lab has returned to its regular timeframe of 24 to 48 hours to providing test results to health care providers.
The number of new positive cases reported on Thursday, April 2 are listed below.
- Abbeville County: 2 cases
- Aiken County: 4 cases
- Anderson County: 10 cases
- Bamberg County: 1 case
- Beaufort County: 29 cases
- Berkeley County: 15 cases
- Charleston County: 41 cases
- Cherokee County: 1 case
- Chester County: 3 cases
- Chesterfield County: 1 case
- Clarendon County: 3 cases
- Colleton County: 1 case
- Darlington County: 4 cases
- Dorchester County: 8 cases
- Fairfield County: 1 case
- Florence County: 5 cases
- Georgetown County: 1 case
- Greenville County: 25 cases
- Greenwood County: 2 cases
- Hampton County: 1 case
- Horry County: 8 cases
- Jasper County: 3 cases
- Kershaw County: 13 cases
- Lancaster County: 9 cases
- Lee County: 3 cases
- Lexington County: 9 cases
- Marlboro County: 1 case
- McCormick County: 1 case
- Newberry County: 2 cases
- Pickens County: 1 case
- Richland County: 24 cases
- Saluda County: 1 case
- Spartanburg County: 5 cases
- Sumter County: 18 cases
- Union County: 2 cases
- Williamsburg County: 3 cases
Roper St. Francis Health officials announced on Thursday that the total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed among patients at their facility has reached 82.
Roper spokesman Andy Lyons said 17 new patients were reported in the last 24 hours.
He said an additional 21 suspected patients are isolated across our hospitals and waiting for test results.
Seven of the 82 confirmed cases are Roper St. Francis Health staffers but none of them are hospitalized, Lyons said.
A total of 10 staff members of the South Carolina Department of Corrections have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
No inmates have tested positive so far, according to officials.