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COVID-19 update: Greenwood County records 59th confirmed death

DHEC dashboard

Greenwood County recorded its 59th confirmed COVID-19 death on Saturday along with 16 new confirmed cases of the respiratory virus.

Laurens County logged nine confirmed cases of COVID-19, McCormick County added eight, Saluda County saw seven and Abbeville County had five.

State health officials reported 827 new confirmed cases and 20 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus, as well as 17 additional confirmed deaths and one new probable death.

This brings South Carolina's number of confirmed cases to 127,646, probable cases to 2,332, confirmed deaths to 2,891, and 149 probable deaths.

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, DHEC reports. A positive viral test, also called a PCR test or molecular test, alone is enough to classify a confirmed case.

DHEC reports a probable case is an individual who has not had a confirmatory viral test performed but has:

1. epidemiologic evidence and clinical evidence of infection, or

2. 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 said to be someone whose death is related to COVID-19 and who tested positive with a confirmatory viral test for COVID-19.

A probable death classification refers to 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.

Cumulative confirmed case totals for Greenwood and surrounding counties are:

Abbeville — 481 (10 deaths)

Edgefield — 495 (12 deaths)

Greenwood — 2,023 (59 deaths)

Laurens — 1,546 (52 deaths)

McCormick — 185 (4 deaths)

Newberry — 1,043 (15 deaths)

Saluda — 638 (17 deaths)

Who Should Get Tested?

If you are out and about in the community, around others, or not able to socially distance or wear a mask, we recommend that you get tested at least once a month.

Routine testing allows public health workers to diagnose those who are asymptomatic and interrupt the ongoing spread of the virus. Learn more about who should get tested here.

More than 530 Testing Opportunities Available Statewide

Testing for COVID-19 is essential because it helps identify people who are infected with the virus, whether or not they have symptoms.

DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics and make testing available in communities across the state. There are 302 mobile testing events scheduled through Oct. 29 and there are 233 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Find a testing clinic or event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19testing.

Testing in South Carolina

As of Friday, 1,121,324 tests had been conducted in the state. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week, and the Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.

Percent Positive

The number of individual test results reported on Friday to DHEC was 6,024 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 13.7%.

COVID-19

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

After a month of a nearly full ICU, Self Regional Medical Center’s chief medical officer said September has seen a downward trend in the number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital.

South Carolina confirmed COVID-19 deaths topped 3,000 on Friday as Greenwood County's confirmed toll ticked up to 63.

State health officials reported 740 new confirmed cases and 41 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, along with 27 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.

Greenwood County recorded a confirmed and a probable COVID-19 death on Wednesday, moving the county's tally of confirmed deaths to 61 and probable deaths to eight.

Thursday night’s opportunity to sip, stroll and soak up history through Wild Hare Production’s Monologue’s on Main Street is likely to be canceled because of projected thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, according to guest artist Keith Jameson.

Greenwood Community Theatre announced Wednesday its cabaret fundraiser is postponed, “due to several health concerns and possible COVID exposures among our cast and crew.”

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the Lakelands and the country respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has led to state and national emergency declarations, it is vital for everyone to have up-to-date information about the virus and its spread. As such, we're providing free access to all of our COVID-19 coverage, which is available on this page.

Here's the latest information on COVID-19 from health agencies and hospitals: