890 new cases of COVID-19, and 14 additional deaths in South Carolina

890 new cases of COVID-19, and 14 additional deaths in South Carolina
The MUSC testing center located near the Citadel Mall. Picture taken on April 4 (Source: Live 5 News)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - State health officials have reported 890 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 more deaths in South Carolina.

Nearly a third of the new cases reported on Tuesday are in the Tri-County area. DHEC has reported 211 new cases in Charleston County, 30 in Dorchester County and 47 in Berkeley County.

Tuesday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 26,572, and those who have died to 673, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The deaths reported on Tuesday included eleven elderly patients, one each from Charleston, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Horry, Lexington and Marlboro Counties, and three Spartanburg County. Three of the deaths occurred in middle-aged people, one each from Beaufort, Chesterfield, and Horry Counties.

There are currently 824 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

As of yesterday, a total of 352,750 tests have been conducted in the state.

The total number of individuals tested yesterday statewide was 5,122 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 17.4%.

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

Beaufort County 911 16
Berkeley County 695 20
Charleston County 2,251 20
Colleton County 252 20
Dorchester County 423 3
Georgetown County 286 3
Orangeburg County 539 8
Williamsburg County 345 15

The number of new cases reported on Tuesday, June 23 by county are listed below:

Aiken (3), Allendale (1), Anderson (24), Bamberg (1), Barnwell (2), Beaufort (29), Berkeley (47), Calhoun (1), Charleston (211), Cherokee (1), Chester (5), Chesterfield (5), Clarendon (9), Colleton (10), Dillon (1), Dorchester (30), Edgefield (1), Fairfield (7), Florence (16), Georgetown (17), Greenville (53), Greenwood (8), Hampton (1), Horry (133), Jasper (3), Kershaw (19), Lancaster (7), Laurens (14), Lee (4), Lexington (41), Marion (5), Marlboro (3), Newberry (7), Oconee (5), Orangeburg (12), Pickens (25), Richland (73), Saluda (2), Spartanburg (10), Sumter (14), Williamsburg (3), York (27)

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

The number of new probable cases are listed below.

Richland (3)

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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