On Thursday (July 30) the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 1,636 new confirmed cases and 20 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 48 additional confirmed deaths and 8 new probable deaths.
This brings the total number of confirmed confirmed deaths to 1,600, and 67 probable deaths.
(DHEC is currently not listing the new cases by county in their news release, however the numbers are available on the SCDHEC website.)
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 7,600 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 21.5%.
DHEC is working with the S.C. Hospital Association to create a new process for gathering inpatient bed availability and occupancy from each hospital in the state, as this is the reporting metric that best provides the number of hospital beds available for caring for adult COVID-19 patients.
South Carolina, along with multiple other states, are also working in close coordination with federal partners to improve the new TeleTracking system’s reporting structure in order to provide the most accurate and actionable data possible.
As we continue to refine hospital bed data, with the TeleTracking system now implemented by South Carolina hospitals, DHEC is able to resume reporting of the following key information:
ICU beds: 1,440 total; 273 available; 1,167 in use (81.04% utilization rate)
COVID-19 patients hospitalized: 1,563; 389 in ICU; 245 ventilated
For the latest information related to COVID-19 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 person’s county of residence, as it is provided to the department. DHEC’s COVID-19 map will adjust to reflect any reclassified cases.