1,636 new cases of COVID-19, and 48 additional deaths in South Carolina

VIDEO: 1,636 new cases of COVID-19, 48 additional deaths in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - State health officials have reported 1,636 new cases of COVID-19 and 48 additional deaths in South Carolina.

Thursday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 87,117, and those who have died to 1,599, according to DHEC. So far, there has been a total of 455 probable cases and 72 probable deaths, the state health agency reported.

As of Wednesday, a total of 745,198 tests have been conducted in the state. The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC on Tuesday statewide was 7,600 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 21.5%.

The latest recovery data provided by DHEC shows 90% of 36,511 individuals, who the department has onset data on, have recovered from COVID-19 while 10% remain ill.

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

Beaufort County 3,387 40
Berkeley County 3,725 56
Charleston County 11,245 148
Colleton County 726 31
Dorchester County 2,647 34
Georgetown County 1,210 16
Orangeburg County 2,059 51
Williamsburg County 845 23

Confirmed and probable cases reported on Thursday are below:

Confirmed and probable deaths reported on Thursday are below:

DHEC released the following information regarding hospital bed occupancy:

Since July 22, the federal government has required hospitals nationwide to report data directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through a new TeleTracking system, which replaces the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)‘s National Healthcare Safety Network system that had been used by hospitals for reporting data throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the TeleTracking system asks hospitals to report all of their available beds as one total number, not broken down by bed type as the NHSN system had. Therefore, hospitals’ total number of beds reported includes pediatric beds, neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) bassinets, psychiatric beds, labor and delivery beds, rehabilitation beds and others. As a practical matter, not all of these bed types could be used for caring for adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19, or other medical issues.

DHEC is working with the S.C. Hospital Association to create a new process for gathering inpatient bed availability and occupancy from each hospital in the state, as this is the reporting metric that best provides the number of hospital beds available for caring for adult COVID-19 patients.

South Carolina, along with multiple other states, are also working in close coordination with federal partners to improve the new TeleTracking system’s reporting structure in order to provide the most accurate and actionable data possible.

As we continue to refine hospital bed data, with the TeleTracking system now implemented by South Carolina hospitals, DHEC is able to resume reporting of the following key information:

  • ICU beds: 1,440 total; 273 available; 1,167 in use (81.04% utilization rate)
  • COVID-19 patients hospitalized: 1,563; 389 in ICU; 245 ventilated

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