GREENVILLE, S.C. —The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 1,532 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 additional confirmed deaths on Monday afternoon.
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.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 58,003, probable cases to 165, confirmed deaths to 961 and 11 probable deaths.
- DHEC reported an average of more than 20 deaths per day over the last week for the first time since the pandemic began.
- More coronavirus patients are hospitalized than ever before in South Carolina.
- 40% of the state’s cases have been reported in the last 2 weeks.
- Charleston County now has more than 500 more cases than Greenville County (next on the list)
- Union County was among largest day over day increases in the state.
- The number of people hospitalized in SC that either have coronavirus or are being investigated for coronavirus rose to 1,488, the highest the figure has ever been. It has been above 1,000 for 15 days in a row. The figure has more than doubled since June 22.
- The 7-day average of deaths rose to 20.9 deaths reported per day over the last week. This is the highest the moving average has ever been.
Twelve of the deaths occurred in elderly individuals from Charleston (1), Clarendon (1), Greenville (1), Lexington (1), Marion (1), Orangeburg (4), Pickens (1), Richland (1), and York (1) counties, and one death occurred in a middle-aged individual from Bamberg County (1).
The number of new confirmed cases by county are listed below.
Abbeville (4), Aiken (36), Allendale (3), Anderson (46), Bamberg (15), Barnwell (2), Beaufort (34), Berkeley (85), Calhoun (10), Charleston (279), Cherokee (10), Chester (8), Chesterfield (10), Clarendon (2), Colleton (2), Darlington (9), Dillon (13), Dorchester (82), Edgefield (5), Fairfield (7), Florence (38), Georgetown (12), Greenville (118), Greenwood (24), Hampton (3), Horry (121), Jasper (5), Kershaw (8), Lancaster (2), Laurens (9), Lee (3), Lexington (92), Marion (6), Marlboro (1), McCormick (2), Newberry (6), Oconee (4), Orangeburg (52), Pickens (15), Richland (124), Saluda (10), Spartanburg (101), Sumter (29), Union (8), Williamsburg (13), York (64)
Testing in South CarolinaAs 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. DHECs Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week, and the Public Health Laboratorys current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.
Percent Positive Test Trends among Reported COVID-19 CasesThe total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Sunday statewide was 7,230 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 21.2%.
Nearly 80 Mobile Testing Clinics Scheduled StatewideAs part of our 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. Currently, there are 79 mobile testing events scheduled through August 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 OccupancyAs of Monday, 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.
How South Carolinians Can Stop the SpreadEvidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and dont know they are infectious. This places everyone at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly transmitting it to someone else. Steps we can take to protect ourselves and others include:
- Practicing social distancing
- Wearing a mask in public
- Avoiding group gatherings
- Regularly washing your hands
- Staying home if sick
For the latest information related to COVID-19 visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19.Visit scdmh.netfor stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.
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