On Sunday (Feb. 7) SCDHEC reported 2,228 new cases and 269 probable cases of COVID-19. DHEC also reported 35 new confirmed deaths and 8 probable deaths related to COVID. There were 37,718 molecular test results reported with 8.8 percent positive.
Statewide there were 1,526 COVID patients in hospitals with 359 in ICU and 224 on ventilators.
(DHEC is now reporting percent positive using the tests-over-tests method. Percent positive is now calculated by dividing all positive COVID-19 tests by the total number of COVID-19 tests (positive and negative), and then multiplying the result by 100 to get a percent. Previously, DHEC had been calculating percent positive using the people-over-tests method. That required dividing the number of people with positive results by the number of people who had taken tests overall, which included positive and negative results.
According to DHEC, the change will allow comparisons with percent positivity calculations provided by the CDC, The White House Coronavirus Task Force, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), other academic institutions and many states. In December, CMS began requiring health care facilities to use test over test; DHEC began preparing for the change at that time.)