South Carolina COVID-19 cases surpass 11,000, with 483 deaths

South Carolina COVID-19 cases surpass 11,000, with 483 deaths
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 health officials reported 331 new coronavirus cases, and 13 additional deaths, on Friday.

That’s the highest single-day increase of new cases since the pandemic began.

The statewide total of confirmed cases has surged past 11,131. There have also been 483 deaths.

Eight of the recent deaths occurred in elderly individuals from Berkeley, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence (2), Greenville, Horry and Spartanburg counties. Five of the deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Florence, Laurens, Lee, Saluda and Williamsburg counties.

On Thursday, South Carolina announced two deaths in Chesterfield and York counties.

As of Thursday, 194,047 tests have been conducted in South Carolina.

During a meeting of health officials Wednesday, the director of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced his resignation. Rick Toomey has served as the director of DHEC since Feb. 2019.

Toomey said he made the decision to resign in light of recent health issues he’s faced - which had him step down from his position for a brief time.

He also said he wants to spend more time with his family, especially his new grandson.

Toomey’s resignation comes in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, which has brought DHEC’s role in the state to the forefront.

His last day will be June 10.

Toomey joined Governor Henry McMaster as he answered questions Wednesday afternoon after the DHEC’s board meeting.

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 Carolina health officials have surpassed their goal to test 110,000 residents for COVID-19 in the month of May.

The state’s COVID-19 webpage update include new information about the virus’s association with chronic health conditions, also referred to as underlying health conditions. This data provides a breakdown of COVID-19 cases and 14 commonly seen chronic illnesses (such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease and others) of both positive cases and those who have died. Individuals with certain underlying conditions are at higher risk for experiencing severe illness or death from the COVID-19.

For the latest information about bed utilization rates, testing, telehealth options and more, you can visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19. DHEC’s interactive maps were updated to include the latest confirmed and estimated COVID-19 cases by county and ZIP code.

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