As of April 3, DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory has conducted 7,017 tests for COVID-19 in the state of South Carolina. Of these tests, 806 were positive and 6,211 were negative.
A total of 18,314 tests by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs have been conducted in the state. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week. The Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.
Hospital Bed Capacity at 51 percent
According to SCDHEC, South Carolina has 12,169 hospital bed capacity.
As of April 3, 5,807 hospital beds are available and 6,362 are utilized, which is a 51.9 percent statewide hospital bed utilization rate. The overall trend last week has been in greater hospital bed availability, specifically a 6.4 percent decrease in hospital bed utilization since March 23.