South Carolina announces three additional deaths related to COVID-19, and 147 new cases

Updated: Apr. 3, 2020 at 10:31 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - State health officials have announced three additional deaths related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

This brings the state’s total number of deaths to 34, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The three patients were elderly individuals who also had underlying health conditions.

Two were residents of Richland County and one of Greenville County.

“If we all take seriously our individual obligations to help prevent spread of the disease, we have the potential to save lives,” said Dr. Michael Kacka, DHEC medical consultant. “Our sympathies are with the friends and family of these three individuals, and with all the loved ones who’ve lost someone to this disease.”

DHEC also is reporting 147 additional cases of COVID-19.

As of today, the total number statewide is 1,700 cases in all 46 counties.

Charleston County has the most positive cases in the state with 247 cases followed by Richland County with 224 cases.

TOTAL COVID-19 Positive cases in the Lowcountry - Friday, April 3, 2020

Beaufort County

Berkeley County

Charleston County

Colleton County

Dorchester County

Georgetown County

Orangeburg County

Williamsburg County

Currently, there have been 7,477 coronavirus tests with 5,777 testing negative and 1,700 testing positive.

The agency also released counts of confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip codes which can be found here.

According to state health officials, DHEC is also working to develop estimated cases by zip code and estimate that data will be available next Monday.

Dr. Linda Bell with DHEC stressed that the information displayed in that data should not change the behaviors of people in the community, since people should already be practicing good hygiene, social distancing and staying home when possible.

“If they rely on that information to make decisions about what neighborhood is safe or not, they’re making a mistake,” she said.

Bell said the information is valuable to the health department since they will know where to implement their disease prevention and control investigations.

“And so the difference is that we use that information, monitoring the occurrence of illness to take specific and different actions,” she said. “Whereas individuals in the community are expected to do the same thing, regardless of the number of reported cases because there will continue to be unexpected exposures.”

The number of new cases reported on Friday, April 3 are as follows.

  • Anderson County: 5 cases
  • Beaufort County: 2 cases
  • Berkeley County: 9 cases
  • Charleston County: 16 cases
  • Chester County: 1 case
  • Clarendon County: 3 cases
  • Dorchester County: 1 case
  • Edgefield County: 1 case
  • Florence County: 3 cases
  • Georgetown County: 1 case
  • Greenville County: 20 cases
  • Greenwood County: 1 case
  • Horry County: 1 case
  • Jasper County: 1 case
  • Kershaw County: 7 cases
  • Lee County: 5 cases
  • Lancaster County: 5 cases
  • Laurens County: 2 cases
  • Lexington County: 8 cases
  • Newberry County: 1 case
  • Orangeburg County: 1 case
  • Pickens County: 2 cases
  • Richland County: 24 cases
  • Spartanburg County: 10 cases
  • Sumter County: 9 cases
  • Union County: 1 case
  • York County: 7 cases

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