SC counted lowest daily coronavirus cases since July 6, COVID-19


Public health officials said South Carolina officials counted the state’s lowest one-day count in more than two weeks, killing 2570 people.

Statewide, 80,856 people have been sick with the virus, and 1,436 have died, but this is the lowest number of new cases a day since July 6. It was also the second straight day that the Department of Health and Environmental Control has not released hospital data, citing issues with a new reporting system.

Charleston County led the way on Sunday with 124 new cases.

South Carolina remains one of 19 states without a mandatory facade ordinance, although 80 cities and counties have adopted their own policies in recent weeks.

1,170 cases marked a 19-day low, and brought the seven-day average to 1,573 cases.

Statewide number

Number of new cases reported: 1,170

Total number of cases in SC: 80,856

Number of new deaths reported: 25, plus three possible deaths

Number of hospitalized patients: DHEC withholds data on hospital congestion and resource use, citing a federal tracking system that is not sufficient to use.

Percentage of tests that were positive: 15.6 percent

Total number of tests in SC: 700,464

Most difficult area: Charleston County reported 124 cases in the state on Sunday, with Beaufort County counting 96 and Greenville County 95.

What is happening in Tri County?

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In addition to the 124 new cases in Charleston County, 37 Berkeley County residents tested positive, as did 32 people from Dorchester County.

Authorities confirmed three confirmed deaths in the Tri-County area on Saturday: two from Charleston County residents and one from Dorchester County. Authorities said COVID-19 is suspected in the death of a third Charleston County resident.

The deaths

Of the 25 deaths recorded on Sunday, 21 were 65 and older. The rest were aged between 18 and 64 years. They were from Anderson, Bamberg, Charleston, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Greenville, Lawrence, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Spartanburg and York counties.

More than 1,400 SC residents have died from COVID-19.  See some of them.

admitted to hospital

After resuming brief reports of hospital data, including beds, ICU beds and ventilators, DHEC again halted its announcement of the numbers. The department said the information, which is provided by hospitals and then reported through a federal tracking system, is incorrect. Once the numbers are independently verified, officials will begin reporting the data.

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What do experts say?

As case numbers and deaths are increasing around the state, authorities continue to issue warnings about what will happen if the public does not adopt comprehensive precautions such as wearing masks and social disturbances.

DHEC officials said they are working with their community partners to set up mobile testing clinics.

102 mobile testing programs are scheduled through August 15 and 214 permanent test sites.

For more information about where and how to perform the test, visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing.

Authorities continue to urge basic precautions to slow the spread of coronovirus: social disturbances, wearing masks in public, avoiding mass gatherings, regularly washing hands and staying home when sick.

Andy sheen Contributed to this story.

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