CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Health officials have announced 137 new cases of COVID-19 and 8 more deaths in South Carolina.
Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 9,056, and those who have died to 399, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
This afternoon, DHEC officials said 85% of patients have recovered from the virus while 15% of patients are still ill.
Deaths reported on Tuesday include six elderly individuals from Dillon, Greenville, and Lexington counties, and two of these deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Cherokee and Horry counties
Currently, there have been a total of 135,063 coronavirus tests with 126,007 testing negative and 9,056 testing positive.
On Tuesday, DHEC officials reported that the total number of tests performed on Monday statewide was 3,236 and the percent positive was 4.2%.
“When the percent positive is low, it may indicate that more widespread testing is being performed and the percent positive may more accurately reflect how much disease is present in the community,” DHEC officials said in a statement.
Gov. Henry McMaster held a press conference Tuesday afternoon and said South Carolina is in better condition compared to other states and referenced the fact that the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, praised South Carolina’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
McMaster said if everyone in the state follows the recommendations that have been given by he and AccelerateSC then there should not be another spike or a second wave of cases.
“But if we follow those guidelines, and we are cognizant of what each of us needs to do to stay safe, then we should be in very good shape," McMaster said."I’m confident in the ability of our people. We’ve seen it so far. We’re doing much better than if not all the states, at least most of the states.”
The following is a breakdown of total positive cases and total deaths in Lowcountry counties.
The number of new cases reported on Tuesday, May 19 by county are listed below:
Abbeville (1), Aiken (1), Anderson (6), Bamberg (1), Barnwell (2), Beaufort (5), Berkeley (1), Charleston (8), Cherokee (1), Chesterfield (3), Clarendon (3), Darlington (8), Dillon (1), Dorchester (1), Fairfield (6), Florence (6), Greenville (31), Greenwood (1), Horry (7), Kershaw (1), Lee (4), Lexington (7), Marion (1), Marlboro (1), Newberry (1), Orangeburg (2), Pickens (1), Richland (12), Spartanburg (4), Sumter (2), Williamsburg (3), York (5)
State health officials are continuing to provide information on how South Carolinians can protect themselves against exposure to the virus including staying home if sick and minimizing contact with people outside their households. Other steps the public should take include:
- Practicing social distancing
- Wearing a mask while out in public
- Avoiding touching frequently touched items
- Regularly washing your hands
- Monitoring for symptoms
Anyone with concerns about their health should reach out to a healthcare provider or use the telehealth services provided by several health care systems. For telehealth options and the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19. Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.