Clemson testing adds 813 positive tests to case numbers for period Sept. 10-28

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On Monday (Sept. 28) the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 542 new confirmed cases and 12 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. DHEC also reported 10 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death related to COVID.

Anderson County reported 35 new cases and one death.
Greenville County reported 65 new cases and one death.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 142,449, probable cases to 4,006, since the first case was reported March 6. Confirmed deaths related to COVID is at 3,154, and 183 probable deaths.

DHEC reported through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by way of TeleTracking that 734 COVID related patients are in hospital beds. Of those 172 are in ICU and 108 are ventilated.

Clarification about Clemson University’s recent COVID-19 test results
After further review and discussions with Clemson University and Rymedi, the lab performing COVID-19 testing for Clemson since September 13, we are clarifying our September 26 release regarding the university’s recent COVID-19 test results.

Since September 26, Rymedi began providing the university’s COVID-19 test results to DHEC. However, it wasn’t until today that Rymedi completed their reporting of 18,866 test results to DHEC, which includes 18,051 negative, 813 positive and two invalid results.

These results cover a time frame of September 10-September 28. The results will be uploaded into DHEC’s database and will be reflected in our online data. These tests will be reflected in our historical data based on the date the test result was reported to the health care provider and should have also been reported to DHEC.

Rymedi will report the university’s tests results to DHEC daily moving forward, and the lab will be able to report test results within the required 24 hour time frame.

As of Sunday a total of 1,386,564 tests have been conducted in the state. The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC statewide was 6,635 and the percent positive was 8.2%.

On Sunday, DHEC reported 569 new confirmed cases and 16 new probable cases. DHEC reported 3 additional confirmed deaths and no new probable deaths.

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 4,118 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 13.8%.

On Saturday, DHEC reported 639 new confirmed cases and 22 new probable cases. According to DHEC there were 27 additional confirmed COVID related deaths.

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC statewide was 6,451 and the percent positive was 9.9%.

On Friday DHEC) reported 647 new confirmed cases and 40 new probable cases of COVID-19. DHEC also reported 20 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.

On Thursday Sept. 24, Doctors Care reported more than 7,000 negative and positive test results to DHEC, which includes approximately 400 individual positive results. These results cover a time frame of July 1-September 23. These results have been uploaded into DHEC’s database and are reflected in DHEC online data. The tests are reflected in our historical data based on the date the test result was reported to the health care provider and should have also been reported to DHEC.

DHEC continues to reiterate to labs that positive and negative labs are required to be reported to DHEC within 24 hours. The overwhelming majority of labs and facilities are reporting their positive and negative results to DHEC, as required. If we were to have issues with the same lab or facility delaying its test results to us, we may take enforcement actions as necessary. This 24-hour time frame allows the agency to take expedient actions in protecting the health and well-being of South Carolinians.

As of Thursday, a total of 1,334,630 tests have been conducted in the state. The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 5,832 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 11.1%.