As of Thursday, SCDHEC is reporting total hospital beds (inpatient and outpatient beds): 4,744 available; 8,654 are in use; 64.59% occupancy rate. Inpatient hospital beds: 3,027 available; 8,082 are in use; 72.75% occupancy rate
Hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19: 1,668. Occupancy rate for COVID related inpatients beds is 15%. Occupancy rate for COVID related inpatient and outpatient beds is 12.45%.
On Friday (July 24) the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 1,921 new confirmed cases and eight new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. They also reported 46 additional confirmed deaths and seven new probable deaths.
This brings the total number of confirmed deaths to 1,339 since the pandemic hit SC, and 46 probable deaths.
One additional case is reported of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. The child is under the age of 10 from the Upstate region. This brings the total number of MIS-C cases in South Carolina to five. Learn more about MIS-C here.
As hospitals acclimate to the new federally required TeleTracking reporting system, the accuracy of the data provided by hospitals is expected to improve.
*DHEC is aware that at least two hospitals that had an issue in reporting data in the new system yesterday. Those issues should be corrected in tomorrow’s reporting.
Based on today’s TeleTracking report, as of yesterday:
*Total hospital beds (inpatient and outpatient beds): 4,744 available; 8,654 are in use; 64.59% occupancy rate
*Inpatient hospital beds: 3,027 available; 8,082 are in use; 72.75% occupancy rate
*Hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19: 1,668. Occupancy rate for COVID related patients is 6.60%.
*Total ventilators: 1,651; 602 in use, including 263 by COVID-19 patients
Per federal requirements, hospitals are actively transitioning between the systems used for reporting hospital bed and ICU occupancy, ventilator usage, patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and other key information. DHEC issued a Public Health Order supporting this transition on July 15, the day after the federal announcement was made that hospitals will transition from using the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to the TeleTracking system.