SC surpasses 50,000 COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations continue to rise

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COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – South Carolina surpassed 50,000 coronavirus cases Thursday as hospitalizations continue to rise across the state.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 1,723 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as 22 confirmed deaths related to the virus Thursday.

According to DHEC, there are currently 1,433 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

The total number of people hospitalized with the virus has continued to rise since late May with nearly four times as many hospitalized now.

The total number of confirmed cases in South Carolina is now 50,548, with 143 probable cases. The total number of confirmed deaths is 897, with 7 probable deaths.

19 of the deaths occurred in elderly residents, including five in Greenville County, four in Charleston County, two in Clarendon County, two in Horry County, and one person each in Anderson, Darlington, Edgefield, Hampton, and Laurens counties. The remaining three deaths occurred in middle-aged residents of Dorchester, Horry and Spartanburg counties.

The percent of positive cases among those tested was 20.6 percent. A rate which suggests high community spread of the virus.

A total of 507,870 coronavirus tests have been conducted statewide by the DHEC Public Health Laboratory and private labs.

New cases by county:

  • Abbeville County: 2
  • Aiken County: 30
  • Allendale County: 9
  • Anderson County: 23
  • Bamberg County: 4
  • Barnwell County: 5
  • Beaufort County: 40
  • Berkeley County: 98
  • Calhoun County: 3
  • Charleston County: 325
  • Cherokee County: 11
  • Chester County: 6
  • Chesterfield County: 1
  • Clarendon County: 8
  • Colleton County: 11
  • Darlington County: 5
  • Dillon County: 7
  • Dorchester County: 63
  • Edgefield County: 2
  • Fairfield County: 6
  • Florence County: 34
  • Georgetown County: 34
  • Greenville County: 208
  • Greenwood County: 20
  • Hampton County: 5
  • Horry County: 194
  • Jasper County: 6
  • Kershaw County: 15
  • Lancaster County: 13 (1 probable)
  • Laurens County: 23
  • Lee County: 3
  • Lexington County: 66
  • Marion County: 9
  • Marlboro County: 2
  • McCormick County: 4
  • Newberry County: 10
  • Oconee County: 14
  • Orangeburg County: 46
  • Pickens County: 30
  • Richland County: 125
  • Saluda County: 5
  • Spartanburg County: 73
  • Sumter County: 48
  • Union County: 5
  • Williamsburg County: 6
  • York County: 66

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