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COVID-19 update: More than 1K new cases in SC for 4th day this week

DHEC dashboard

For the fourth day this week, South Carolina has recorded more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 as spread of the respiratory virus reaches levels not seen since the summer.

State health officials reported 1,617 new confirmed cases and 86 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as well as nine additional confirmed deaths.

Laurens County added 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Greenwood County logged 18, Abbeville County recorded two and Saluda County had one. No new cases were reported in McCormick County.

This brings South Carolina's number of confirmed cases to 182,943, probable cases to 11,071, confirmed deaths to 3,844 and probable deaths to 266.

The jump in diagnoses comes as the region sees its highest level of new COVID-19 cases since the summer. Nearly 80% of hospital beds are filled across the state, with 781 (8.8%) of patients being treated for COVID-19. Of those, 183 patients are in ICU and 93 are on ventilators.

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 antigen test and either epidemiologic evidence or clinical evidence.

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 — 745 (15 deaths)

Edgefield — 1,007 (17 deaths)

Greenwood — 2,641 (70 deaths)

Laurens — 2,143 (65 deaths)

McCormick — 282 (6 deaths)

Newberry — 1,743 (56 deaths)

Saluda — 731 (21 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, DHEC recommends 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:

Testing in South Carolina

As of Friday, 2,311,405 tests had been conducted in the state. The total number of individual test results reported Friday to DHEC was 10,519 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 15.4%.



Greenwood County School District 52 is reporting that three people are quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19, with 21 other people quarantining as close contacts of someone who tested positive, according to a news release from the district.

While one of the three vaccines available to protect against COVID-19 is on hold pending federal investigation into its side effects, state health officials urge people not to lose perspective.

Getting enough people vaccinated to end the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t as easy as putting shots in arms, and local health officials are joining with a diverse group of regional experts to try and find the best ways to get vaccines to people who want them in the Upstate.

Health officials paused use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after nearly 7 million doses were administered nationally, but few of those doses have made it to hospitals in Greenwood and Abbeville.

Since spring break ended, seven people within Greenwood County School District 52 have quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19, with 11 other people quarantined as close contacts of someone who tested positive, according to a news release from the district.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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