SCDHEC Update Aug. 9


On Sunday (Aug. 9) the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 1,011 new confirmed cases and 7 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. DHEC also reported 18 additional confirmed deaths and 7 new probable deaths.

This brings the total number of confirmed deaths in the state to 1,949, and 82 probable deaths.

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Saturday statewide was 7,853 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 12.9%.

As of Sunday morning, 2,269 inpatient beds were available and 8,157 are in use, which is a 78.24% statewide inpatient bed utilization rate. Of the 8,157 inpatient beds currently used, 1,378 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19. Of the 1,585 ventilators, 547 are in use and 219 of those are COVID-19 patients.

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*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.