CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - State health officials have reported 1,106 new cases of COVID-19 and 8 more deaths in South Carolina.
Thursday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 28,962, and those who have died to 691, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The deaths reported on Thursday includes four elderly individuals from Chesterfield, Dillon, Lexington, and York counties, and four middle-aged individuals from Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Lee counties.
There are currently 881 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.
As of yesterday, a total of 370,794 tests have been conducted in the state. The total number of individuals tested yesterday statewide was 6,536 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 16.9%.
The latest recovery data released by DHEC was on Monday which indicated that 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.
The number of new cases reported on Thursday, June 25 by county are listed below:
Abbeville (9), Aiken (11), Allendale (1), Anderson (4), Bamberg (3), Barnwell (1), Beaufort (33), Berkeley (58), Calhoun (8), Charleston (208), Cherokee (4), Chester (3), Chesterfield (3), Clarendon (9), Colleton (15), Darlington (3), Dillon (11), Dorchester (33), Fairfield (2), Florence (23), Georgetown (33), Greenville (126), Greenwood (10), Hampton (3), Horry (126), Jasper (3), Kershaw (5), Lancaster (27), Laurens (36), Lee (1), Lexington (47), Marion (6), Marlboro (3), Newberry (5), Oconee (13), Orangeburg (25), Pickens (13), Richland (69), Spartanburg (32), Sumter (35), Union (2), Williamsburg (8), York (36)
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:
- Lancaster (2), Sumter (1)
The probable deaths reported on Thursday occurred in an elderly individual from Lancaster County (1), and an individual whose age category is still being determined from Sumter County (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