South Carolina now reporting 80 deaths, more than 3,200 coronavirus cases across the state

South Carolina now reporting 80 deaths, more than 3,200 coronavirus cases across the state
South Carolinians are encouraged to stay home and minimize contact with people outside their households to prevent the spread of the disease. (Source: WBTV)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTV) - South Carolina is reporting eight new COVID-19 deaths, increasing the death toll to 80, health officials said Saturday afternoon.

There are now 3,207 people confirmed to have the virus, which is up 144 from Friday’s report. South Carolina has coronavirus cases in all 46 counties.

One of the newest deaths was an elderly person with underlying health conditions.

Of the other additional deaths, four were elderly individuals with underlying health conditions who were residents of Beaufort, Clarendon, Florence and Kershaw counties. There were two deaths that occurred in middle-aged individuals with underlying health conditions who were residents of Greenville and Sumter counties.

There was one death of an elderly individual that is still under investigation for any underlying conditions who was a resident of Dorchester county.

The number of new cases by county are listed below. Abbeville (2), Aiken (2), Anderson (2), Bamberg (1), Beaufort (5), Charleston (3), Chester (1), Clarendon (5), Darlington (4), Dorchester (2), Fairfield (3), Florence (2), Georgetown (4), Greenville (17), Greenwood (1), Horry (8), Kershaw (1), Lancaster (1), Laurens (2), Lexington (18), Marion (1), Marlboro (2), Oconee (1), Pickens (1), Richland (27), Spartanburg (20), Sumter (4), Union (2) and York (2).

Health officials’ weekly update of South Carolina data now includes demographic data of deaths by age group, gender, and race.

On Friday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 274 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

On Thursday, officials reported five additional deaths. Those deaths occurred in three middle-aged individuals with underlying health conditions who were residents of Berkley, Florence, and Greenville counties. There were two deaths that occurred in elderly patients with underlying health conditions who were residents of Greenville County.

The total number of S.C. cases in the WBTV viewing area by county include:

  • Chester County: 18 cases
  • Chesterfield County: 22 cases
  • Lancaster County: 62 total cases
  • York County: 127 cases

As of April 10, DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory has conducted 9,994 tests for COVID-19. Of these tests, 1,182 positive and 8,811 were negative. A total of 28,183 total tests by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs have been conducted in the state.

As of Friday morning, 5,545 hospital beds are available and 6,173 are utilized, which is a 52.7% statewide hospital bed utilization rate.

The Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.

The latest confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code are available here. This includes estimated cases by ZIP code.

South Carolinians are encouraged to stay home and minimize contact with people outside their households to prevent the spread of the disease. Other steps the public should take include:

  • Monitoring for symptoms
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Avoiding touching frequently touched items
  • Regularly washing your hands

A “Home or Work" order signed by Gov. Henry McMaster went into effect at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.

Under the order, all South Carolina residents should stay at home unless they are working, visiting family, participating in recreational outdoor activity or obtaining necessary goods, items or services, attending religious services or traveling as required.

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