DHEC: Record 1,741 new cases of COVID-19, 17 more deaths reported in SC

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – State health officials reported 1,741 new coronavirus cases in South Carolina Tuesday, along with 17 additional confirmed deaths.

Tuesday’s reported case count is the highest single-day total that the state has seen since the pandemic began.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the percent of positive cases among those tested was 19%.

There are currently 1,021 people hospitalized who have either tested positive for or are being investigated for COVID-19 in the state. That number fell slightly from Monday’s total but is still more than double the hospitalizations seen in early-to-mid June, according to DHEC data.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina is up to 36,297 and the number of people who have died from the virus is now 735.

DHEC also reported two probable COVID-19 deaths in the state, both of which were residents of Spartanburg County.

17 of the people who died were elderly residents, including three from Spartanburg County, three from Charleston County and one person each in Aiken, Berkeley, Dillon, Edgefield, Florence, Greenville, Horry, Lexington, McCormick, Orangeburg, and Pickens counties. Two of the deaths were middle-aged residents of Florence and Richland counties.

Two probable cases were also reported Tuesday.

A total of 420,061 tests have now been conducted statewide by the DHEC Public Health Laboratory and private labs.

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New cases by county:

  • Abbeville County: 7
  • Aiken County: 28
  • Anderson County: 28
  • Bamberg County: 10
  • Barnwell County: 2
  • Beaufort County: 70
  • Berkeley County: 60
  • Calhoun County: 4
  • Charleston County: 375
  • Cherokee County: 9
  • Chester County: 12
  • Chesterfield County: 3
  • Clarendon County: 4
  • Colleton County: 6
  • Darlington County: 12
  • Dillon County: 6
  • Dorchester County: 87
  • Fairfield County: 8
  • Florence County: 40
  • Georgetown County: 16
  • Greenville County: 125
  • Greenwood County: 26
  • Hampton County: 3
  • Horry County: 170
  • Jasper County: 10
  • Kershaw County: 26
  • Lancaster County: 29
  • Laurens County: 49
  • Lee County: 3
  • Lexington County: 100
  • Marion County: 16
  • Marlboro County: 1
  • McCormick County: 2
  • Newberry County: 9
  • Oconee County: 7
  • Orangeburg County: 51
  • Pickens County: 31
  • Richland County: 137 (1 probable)
  • Saluda County: 1
  • Spartanburg County: 55 (1 probable)
  • Sumter County: 38
  • Union County: 6
  • Williamsburg County: 12
  • York County: 47

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