1,291 new cases of COVID-19, and 10 additional deaths in South Carolina

Updated: Jun. 24, 2020 at 4:55 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - State health officials have reported 1,291 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths in South Carolina.

Dr. Linda Bell with the Department of Health and Environmental Control says with the new cases reported on Wednesday, South Carolina is at a “critical junction.”

Bell said it was a “disturbing fact” that South Carolinians traveling to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now required to quarantine for 14 days.

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 27,842, and those who have died to 683, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The deaths reported on Wednesday included eight elderly individuals from Beaufort, Charleston, Dillon, Greenville, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Spartanburg counties, and two of the deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Greenville and Newberry counties.

There are currently 832 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

The total number of individuals tested yesterday statewide was 8,191 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 15.8%. As of yesterday, a total of 362,219 tests have been conducted in the state.

As of Monday, DHEC officials say 81% of 15,207 positive cases, who the department has symptom onset data on, are estimated to have recovered from COVID-19 while 19% of patients remain ill.

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

Beaufort County94717
Berkeley County74020
Charleston County2,41621
Colleton County25720
Dorchester County4523
Georgetown County3033
Orangeburg County5679
Williamsburg County35415

The number of new cases reported on Wednesday, June 24 by county are listed below:

Abbeville (5), Aiken (21), Anderson (22), Bamberg (8), Barnwell (4), Beaufort (38), Berkeley (38), Calhoun (1), Charleston (175), Cherokee (8), Chester (2), Chesterfield (7), Clarendon (5), Colleton (5), Darlington (7), Dillon (6), Dorchester (32), Edgefield (2), Fairfield (3), Florence (19), Georgetown (18), Greenville (241), Greenwood (10), Horry (183), Jasper (4), Kershaw (12), Lancaster (3), Laurens (8), Lee (2), Lexington (54), Marion (6), Marlboro (7), Newberry (32), Oconee (19), Orangeburg (29), Pickens (66), Richland (86), Saluda (5), Spartanburg (38), Sumter (20), Union (4), Williamsburg (8), York (28)

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.

Beaufort (3), Greenville (1), Lancaster (4), Lexington (2), Pickens (1), Richland (1)

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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