DHEC – Approximately half of state’s hospital beds being used

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On Sunday (Apr. 12) the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 5,898 of the state’s hospital beds are available and 5,715 are utilized, which is a 50.8% statewide hospital bed utilization rate.

As of April 11, DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory had conducted 10,335 tests for COVID-19. Of these tests, 1,225 positive and 9,110 were negative. A total of 31,426 total tests by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs have been conducted in the state. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week. The Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.

On Easter Sunday, DHEC reported 113 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, including two additional deaths.

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 3,319, and those who have died to 82.

One death occurred in an elderly individual with underlying health conditions who was a resident of Charleston County. There was a death that occurred in a middle-aged individual with underlying health conditions who was a resident of Greenville County.

The number of new cases by county are listed below.
Allendale (1), Anderson (4), Beaufort (3), Berkeley (16), Charleston (8), Chester (1), Colleton (1), Darlington (2), Dillion (2), Dorchester (4), Florence (6), Greenville (14), Hampton (1), Horry (2), Kershaw (1), Lancaster (3), Laurens (1), Lee (2), Lexington (10), Marion (1), Marlboro (1), Oconee (1), Richland (15), Spartanburg (4), Sumter (2), York (7).

Georgetown County lost one case from its total counts as the individual was determined during case investigations to be a resident of another state.

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.