SC sees record number of COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations


COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – Governor Henry McMaster warned that college and high school football may not happen in the fall if coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state.

South Carolina reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day Wednesday with 24.

“If these numbers continue to rise, if we continue to see this kind of danger going across our state, I will have no choice – we will have no choice but to keep these restrictions on crowds and gatherings in place,” said McMaster. “That means this fall will not be like other falls, we will not be able to have college football, we won’t be able to have high school football.”

Gov. McMaster, when asked if the state would close beaches for the July 4th holiday, said it is up to local authorities to consider those measures.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the state also set a new record high with 1,160 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

The number of people hospitalized has tripled since late May.

More than 1 in 7 people who are currently hospitalized in South Carolina have tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

A total of 1,497 new coronavirus cases were reported in South Carolina bringing the total number of cases statewide to 37,809.

18 of the deaths were elderly residents including five people in Charleston County, three people in Orangeburg County, two people in Florence County, and one person each in Dillon, Fairfield, Greenville, Horry, Lancaster, Laurens, Lexington, and Spartanburg counties.

Five of the deaths were middle-aged residents of Richland, Laurens, Berkeley, Horry, and Charleston counties while the final death was a young adult in Charleston County.

The state also reported six new probable cases and four new probable deaths, those deaths were reported in Cherokee, Greenville, Calhoun, and Horry counties.

The percent of positive cases among those tested was 19.1 percent.

State epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell said the large number of cases is hampering the state’s ability to conduct contact tracing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“When there is widespread community transmission, contact tracing is less effective in preventing spread,” said Dr. Bell.

“Each of us must make an intentional effort, an unselfish decision on each of our parts is needed to protect others from this virus by wearing masks and by social distancing.”

A total of 429,692 tests have been conducted statewide by the DHEC Public Health Laboratory and private labs.

New cases by county:

  • Abbeville County: 2
  • Aiken County: 20
  • Allendale County: 2
  • Anderson County: 27
  • Bamberg County: 5
  • Barnwell County: 4
  • Beaufort County: 61
  • Berkeley County: 87
  • Calhoun County: 11 (1 probable)
  • Charleston County: 266
  • Cherokee County: 4 (1 probable)
  • Chester County: 4
  • Chesterfield County: 8
  • Clarendon County: 5
  • Colleton County: 4
  • Darlington County: 7
  • Dillon County: 3
  • Dorchester County: 71
  • Edgefield County: 5
  • Fairfield County: 4
  • Florence County: 31
  • Georgetown County: 32
  • Greenville County: 107 (1 probable)
  • Greenwood County: 12
  • Horry County: 228 (1 probable)
  • Jasper County: 6
  • Kershaw County: 26 (2 probable)
  • Lancaster County: 19
  • Laurens County: 17
  • Lee County: 4
  • Lexington County: 83
  • Marion County: 5
  • Marlboro County: 5
  • Newberry County: 12
  • Oconee County: 11
  • Orangeburg County: 28
  • Pickens County: 20
  • Richland County: 104
  • Saluda County: 6
  • Spartanburg County: 54
  • Sumter County: 22
  • Union County: 1
  • Williamsburg County: 12
  • York County: 52

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