Over 250,000 SC residents tested positive for coronavirus, with spread still growing | COVID-19

More than 250,000 South Carolinaians tested positive for COVID-19, and state experts are monitoring an increasing spread across the area.

On Saturday, 250,386 residents of the state of Palmetto contracted the new coronavirus, and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control identified more than 20,000 unconfirmed cases. More than 18,500 of these cases were announced last week.

Since March, more than 3.28 million tests have been performed on residents of the state, according to DHEC. But the percentage of tests that tested positive is still high – more than 22%, on average, in the past seven days.

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New cases reported: 2,919, which is 1,747 percent higher than the 158 registered on March 31, the day Governor Henry McMaster ordered the closing of non-essential deals.

Total cases in SC: 250,386, plus 20,151 probable cases

New deaths reported: 16

Total deaths in SC: 4,529 confirmed, 366 likely

Total tests in SC: 3,286,655

Hospitalized patients: 1,461

Percentage of positive tests, average of 7 days: 22.2 percent. Five percent or less of the tests with positive results is a good sign that the spread of the virus is slowing, say the researchers.

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Most affected areas

South Carolina’s top counties for new coronavirus cases reported on Saturday were 546 Greenville; York, 216; and Lexington, 191.

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What about the tri-county?

Charleston County had 103 new cases; Berkeley, 57; and Dorchester, 85.


Two of the 16 deaths reported on Saturday were from patients aged 35 to 64, and the rest were 65 or older.

They lived in Aiken, Anderson, Georgetown, Greenville, Horry, Lexington, Marion, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union counties.

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Of the 1,461 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday, 311 were in intensive care and 148 were on ventilators.

What do the experts say?

The authorities continue to urge Southern Carolinians to take precautions such as the use of masks or other facial coverings, social distance and frequent hand washing.

They also recommend that anyone who believes they have been exposed to the virus or who are developing symptoms get tested. Those who live in the community or cannot socially distance themselves should be tested monthly, DHEC advised.

Go to scdhec.gov/findatest to find a test site in your area.

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