COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – Nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases were reported Thursday in South Carolina, a single-day record for the state.
According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), 987 new cases were reported along with four additional deaths.
DHEC also reported nine new probable cases.
“It is essential that each of us, every day, wear a mask in public and stay physically distanced from others,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell.
“Every day that we don’t all do our part, we are extending the duration of illnesses, missed work, hospitalizations and deaths in our state.”
Three of the deaths were elderly residents of Florence, Kershaw, and Lancaster counties. The fourth death was a middle-aged resident of Lancaster County.
14.4% of the new tests reported Thursday were positive, DHEC said.
A total of 21,533 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in the state along with 621 deaths, according to DHEC.
313,210 tests have been conducted statewide by the DHEC Public Health Laboratory and private labs.
626 people are currently hospitalized who have tested positive for or are being investigated for COVID-19.
New cases by county:
Aiken County: 10
Anderson County: 14
Bamberg County: 3
Beaufort County: 48
Berkeley County: 24
Calhoun County: 1
Charleston County: 139
Chester County: 1
Chesterfield County: 4
Cherokee County: 1
Colleton County: 3
Clarendon County: 2
Darlington County: 4
Dillon County: 10
Dorchester County: 20
Fairfield County: 5
Florence County: 16
Georgetown County: 42
Greenville County: 169 (2 probable)
Greenwood County: 1
Horry County: 128
Jasper County: 9
Kershaw County: 16 (2 probable)
Lancaster County: 7
Laurens County: 10 (1 probable)
Lee County: 7
Lexington County: 45 (1 probable)
Marion County: 5
Marlboro County: 4
Newberry County: 6
Oconee County: 5
Orangeburg County: 13
Pickens County: 19 (1 probable)
Richland County: 79 (2 probable)
Saluda County: 3
Spartanburg County: 42
Sumter County: 34
Union County: 2
Williamsburg County: 7
York County: 29
Full Statement from Dr. Linda Bell
Every one of us has a role to play in stopping COVID-19. This virus does not spread on its own. It’s spread around our state by infected people who carry it wherever they go – their work, the supermarket, the post office, a friend’s house. By not following public health precautions, many are putting all at risk.
It is essential that each of us, every day, wear a mask in public and stay physically distanced from others.
We understand that what we’re continuing to ask of everyone is not easy and that many are tired of hearing the same warnings and of taking the same daily precautions, but this virus does not take a day off. Every day that we don’t all do our part, we are extending the duration of illnesses, missed work, hospitalizations and deaths in our state.
There is no vaccine for COVID-19. There are only individual behaviors and actions we must all maintain that help stop its spread.
Healthy people may feel they are resistant to the virus, may feel that even if they contract it, they’ll have mild symptoms and feel better in a few days. This may be true for some – but it’s also true that we are seeing hospitalizations and deaths in those who were previously healthy and in almost every age group.
Historically, South Carolinas have willingly made sacrifices for the benefit of all. Stopping the spread of this disease will not be easy. However, I am confident in our willingness to take the current actions necessary of wearing face masks and social distancing in order to care for each other. Together we can meet this challenge.”State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell