SCDHEC update

DHEC has announced two more deaths in COVID-19 related death in South Carolina. This brings the total number of death in the palmetto state to nine.

They also report 456 new cases in 39 counties. DHEC physician consultant Dr. Linda Bell said they can create projections of about 1,657

It has been reported that both elderly patients one from Kershaw County and the other from Sumter County, who had underlying health conditions.

“This unfortunate announcement is a reminder of the importance of taking actions to protect ourselves, our family and friends, and our community from this disease”DHEC physician consultant Dr. Brannon Traxler said.

DHEC also announces 32 new cases of COVID-19. There is a total number of 456 cases in SC.

There is currently a shortage of these reagents nationwide, including in South Carolina, which can lead to delays in test results.

Earlier this week, it was revealed one person died in Horry County, while two coronavirus-related cases are in Florence County.

The number of new cases by county are listed below.

• Abbeville County: 1 case

• Aiken County: 2 cases

• Anderson County: 2 cases

• Beaufort County: 3 cases

• Berkeley County: 3 cases

• Charleston County: 8 cases

• Fairfield County: 1 case

• Georgetown County: 1 case

• Greenville County: 1 case

• Horry County: 1 case

• Jasper County: 1 case

• Kershaw County: 1 case

• Lancaster County: 1 case

• Lexington County: 2 cases

• Orangeburg County: 2 cases

• Richland County: 1 case

• York County: 1 case

DHEC’s COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with a map of positive cases as well as the most current recommendations for protecting against COVID-19.

“This is a serious time that calls for serious actions,” Dr. Traxler said. “Our chance of reaching the best outcome hinges on us all doing our part. We can’t express strongly enough the importance of all of us practicing social distancing, staying home and away from other people when sick, and washing our hands often.”

Georgetown County now has three total coronavirus cases.

Several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public. For telehealth options and the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit scdhec.gov/COVID19. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC website here.