State health officials reported 755 new confirmed cases and 81 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, along with 19 additional confirmed deaths and four new probable deaths.
One of the new probable virus deaths was reported in Abbeville County. Laurens County recorded 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, Greenwood County added eight, Saluda County logged four and Abbeville County saw one. No new cases were reported in McCormick County.
This brings South Carolina's number of confirmed cases to 164,802, probable cases to 7,777, confirmed deaths to 3,602, and 240 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 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 — 673 (12 deaths)
Edgefield — 889 (17 deaths)
Greenwood — 2,431 (69 deaths)
Laurens — 1,878 (59 deaths)
McCormick — 257 (6 deaths)
Newberry — 1,518 (45 deaths)
Saluda — 699 (20 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: scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/who-should-get-tested-covid-19.
More than 300 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. There are 107 mobile testing events scheduled through Dec. 23 and there are 292 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Find a testing clinic or event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19testing.
All DHEC-sponsored and DHEC-operated COVID-19 testing currently uses the shallow, anterior nares collection procedure. This is a shallow, pain-free specimen collection, compared to the deep nasopharyngeal procedure. The shallow nasal test provided by DHEC is not self-administered; the specimen is collected by trained staff.
Testing in South Carolina
As of Tuesday, 1,924,717 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.
The total number of individual test results reported Monday to DHEC was 5,770 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 13.1%.