COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina on Sunday reported the most newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases in a single day since the pandemic started.
But whether the number of people in the hospital from the virus continues to climb isn’t known publicly as the state follows a federal request to change how it reports and who it reports hospitalizations to.
Sunday saw 2,335 newly diagnosed people come down with COVID-19, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.
South Carolina has reported 2,000 new cases three times since the virus was first detected in the state in March. All have been in the past eight days.
Health officials also reported 19 new deaths Sunday, bringing the death toll to 1,138 people. As of Saturday, 577,165 tests have been completed in the state. Of those, 87,357 tests were positive.
The state also has set records for people hospitalized with COVID-19 nearly every day in July. But health officials did not release the number of hospital cases Saturday or Sunday because of a federal request that states report the figures to a new Department of Health and Human Services database instead of to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state said it will begin reporting occupied hospital bed numbers once the new database has sufficient participation, but also warned the number may fluctuate significantly.
South Carolina reported a daily record 1,593 people in the hospital with the virus Friday, the last day figures were available.