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COVID-19 update: SC adds more than 1,500 cases; 205 patients are on ventilators

DHEC dashboard

State health officials reported 1,532 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on Monday, as well as 13 additional confirmed deaths. There are currently 1,488 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19, and 205 of those patients are currently on ventilators.

In the Lakelands, Greenwood County recorded 24 new confirmed cases, Saluda County added 10, Laurens County saw nine, Abbeville County increased by four and McCormick County had two.

Statewide, this brings the cumulative total of confirmed cases to 58,003, probable cases to 165, confirmed deaths to 961 and 11 probable deaths.

In case you've missed the latest information on how cases are being reported, this should clear up the matter of "probable" versus "confirmed."

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 — 157 (1 death)

Edgefield — 129 (4 deaths)

Greenwood — 823 (7 deaths)

Laurens — 764 (14 deaths)

McCormick — 51 (2 deaths)

Newberry — 423 (4 deaths)

Saluda — 290 (2 deaths)

Testing in South Carolina

As of Sunday, a total of 553,515 tests have been conducted in the state. See a detailed breakdown of tests in South Carolina on the Data and Projections webpage. 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 Test Trends among Reported COVID-19 Cases

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC statewide on Sunday was 7,230 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 21.2%.

Nearly 80 Mobile Testing Clinics Scheduled Statewide

As part of its ongoing efforts to increase testing in underserved and rural communities across the state, DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics that bring testing to these communities. There are 79 mobile testing events scheduled through Aug. 1 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.

Residents can also get tested at one of 180 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information.

Hospital Bed Occupancy

As of Monday morning, 3,009 inpatient hospital beds are available and 7,692 are in use, which is a 71.88% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,692 inpatient beds currently used, 1,488 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

COVID-19

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

Even with COVID-19 creating financial uncertainties for many, Greenwood County School District 50’s 2019-20 fiscal year managed to end on a positive note.

Greenwood County's confirmed death toll from COVID-19 ticked up to 14 on Thursday after state health officials verified that a resident who died on July 18 had the respiratory virus and died as a result of it.

McCormick County’s administration building closed at 1 p.m. Thursday after it was determined someone who tested positive for COVID-19 was in the building, an email from Crystal Barnes, assistant to the administrator, said.

Laurens County logged four more confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, raising the number of county residents to die from the respiratory virus to 39. That does not include two Laurens County deaths listed as being probably from COVID-19.

To get tested, contact your health care provider or a local hospital, such as Self Regional Medical Center or Abbeville Area Medical Center. You may also attend a free testing clinic. Here are some that are currently planned:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to guide daily decision-making, 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo has decided to postpone first and second court appearances scheduled Aug. 14 in Greenwood County.

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: