SC blames ongoing ‘systems issue’ on low counts of new COVID-19 cases

VIDEO: State health department blames ongoing 'systems issue' on low COVID-19 case counts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported fewer than 1,400 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

But like Monday’s report, Tuesday’s came with an asterisk next to the case count and a note explaining the numbers were low because of “an internal systems issue.” DHEC has not elaborated on what the issue is or exactly how much underreporting it is causing.

Tuesday’s report included 1,361 new confirmed cases, 22 probable cases, 29 confirmed deaths and five probable deaths.

That brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina since the start of the pandemic to 328,028 and deaths to 5,358, according to data from the agency.

Tuesday’s report included data from 4,496 test results with a percent positive of 30.3%.

DHEC’s website states the agency is actively working with their vender to correct the problem and it will update numbers on the county dashboard when corrections are made.

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