DHEC Update – May 6

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On Wednesday (May 6) the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 97 new cases of COVID-19, and 9 additional deaths.
This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina since March 6 to 6,936 and those who have died to 305. Anderson County reported four new cases. Greenville County reported five new cases.
The recent deaths occurred in elderly individuals in Allendale (1), Charleston (1), Florence (2), Lexington (1), Richland (2), Williamsburg (1), and York (1) counties.
As of Wednesday morning, 10,062 inpatient hospital beds 3,461 were available and 6,601 are in use, which is a 65.60% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the beds currently being used, 485 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.
The number of new cases by county are:
Anderson (4), Bamberg (1), Barnwell (1), Beaufort (1), Berkeley (1), Charleston (1), Cherokee (1), Chesterfield (4), Clarendon (11), Darlington (3), Dorchester (2), Edgefield (3), Fairfield (4), Florence (5), Georgetown (2), Greenville (5), Greenwood (4), Horry (2), Kershaw (2), Lancaster (3), Lee (1), Lexington (8), Orangeburg (1), Richland (14), Saluda (2), Spartanburg (2), Sumter (1), Williamsburg (6), York (2)
Testing in South Carolina
As of May 5, DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory has conducted 18,135 tests for COVID-19. Of these tests, 2,468 were positive and 15,667 were negative. A total of 77,482 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.