SC reports 714 new COVID-19 cases, 162 in Lowcountry counties

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 1:56 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:02 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control said it has confirmed a total of 714 new cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Wednesday’s report included 462 confirmed and 252 probable cases, along with four confirmed and six probable deaths.

Lowcountry counties accounted for 162 of the newly-confirmed cases. Four of the confirmed deaths were in Lowcountry counties, with two reported in Charleston County and two reported in Colleton County.

The numbers are based on the latest results from 6,593 tests, with an 8.8% positive rate.

Case counts statewide stand at 497,542 confirmed and 107,108 probable.

The confirmed death toll in South Carolina is currently 8,700. There were 1,170 deaths being investigated as probable in terms of COVID-19.

South Carolina has performed more than 8.3 million COVID-19 tests.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As DHEC continues to adjust the manner in which they report COVID-19 numbers, we are working to make the numbers as clear as possible. DHEC’s daily total includes both what were formally reported as “confirmed” and “probable” new cases. The confirmed case counts come from PCR test results and probable case counts come from rapid tests. DHEC has previously said it would limit the reporting of deaths to one day per week, although it appears to still report the number of confirmed and probable deaths in its daily reporting. DHEC reports COVID-19 stats two days after they are received. Since the agency does not release numbers on weekends, Monday’s listings include include results from the previous Thursday through Saturday, for example.

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