South Carolina DHEC Adds Two Deaths Related to COVID-19, 151 New Cases

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — In the daily update Monday afternoon (Mar. 30), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced two additional deaths related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and 151 new confirmed cases. This brings the state’s total number of deaths to 18.
One patient was an elderly individual from Beaufort County who had underlying health conditions. The other patient was an elderly individual from Anderson County with underlying health conditions.
 “We’re all in this together,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician. “Today’s announcement is a stark reminder of the serious threat that COVID-19 poses to our families, friends, and communities. We encourage all South Carolinians to continue to listen to the guidance of our public health professionals and to, when possible, stay home and limit your close contact with others.”
Additionally, DHEC is reporting 151 additional cases of COVID-19 today. As of Monday, the total number statewide is 925 cases in 41 counties*.
The number of new cases by county are:
Anderson County: 2 cases
Barnwell County: 1 case
Beaufort County: 24 cases
Charleston County: 6 cases
Chesterfield County: 2 cases
Clarendon County: 2 cases
Colleton County: 1 case
Darlington County: 1 case
Dorchester County: 2 cases
Fairfield County: 1 case
Florence County: 1 case
Georgetown County: 1 case
Greenville County: 17 cases
Horry County: 1 case
Kershaw County: 16 cases
Lancaster County: 1 case
Lexington County: 6 cases
Marion County: 1 case
Orangeburg County: 5 cases
Pickens County: 2 cases
Richland County: 40 cases
Spartanburg County: 5 cases
Sumter County: 4 cases
Union County: 2 cases
York County: 7 casesLate last week, DHEC reported a backlog of specimens to be tested that had developed at DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory due to a nationwide shortage in the reagents (chemicals) required to perform testing. As of March 27, 2020, DHEC’s Laboratory now has the necessary reagents. The lab is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week. As of today, DHEC’s Laboratory will resume a turnaround time of 24-48 hours once specimens are received at the lab.
DHEC’s COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with a map of positive cases as well as the most current recommendations for protecting against COVID-19.
“We recognize that this is a challenging time and that what we’re calling on everyone across our state to do is not easy,” Dr. Traxler said. “But the risk of inaction is far too great. If we all don’t follow the guidance for social distancing and staying home, then we can anticipate seeing higher rates of cases similar to what we’ve seen in other states.”
All South Carolinians are encouraged to stay home and minimize contact with people outside their households to prevent the spread of the disease. Everyone is encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms, practice social distancing, avoid touching frequently touched items, and regularly wash their hands.
Anyone with concerns about their health should reach out to their healthcare provider or use the telehealth services provided by several health care systems. For telehealth options and the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19. Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.
*As new information is provided to the department, some changes in cases may occur. Cases are reported based on the individual’s county of residence, as it is provided to the department. DHEC’s COVID-19 map will adjust to reflect any reclassified cases.