COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State health officials are sending up an alarm about the rate of COVID-19 infections in people who don't have symptoms and likely don't know they're carrying the disease.
"Evidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and don't know they are infectious," the Department of Health and Environmental Control said in a statement. "This places everyone at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly transmitting it to someone else."
Health officials announced Saturday that 1,178 more South Carolinians tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases identified since March up to 98,743.
Department of Health and Environmental Control officials also reported that 67 more people died after contracting COVID-19, one of the highest numbers of deaths announced.
In all, 1,931 Palmetto State residents died after contracting the coronavirus since the virus was first identified in the state.
South Carolina health officials said Friday that the coronavirus's spread is slowing down in the state, citing that new case numbers have fallen recently and the percentage of positive tests are also is falling day to day. That trend continued on Saturday.
To continue the decline in new cases and stymie the spread of the virus by people without symptoms DHEC launched the "Fight the Spread" campaign.
The campaign encourages South Carolinians to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask in public, practicing social distancing and getting tested.
Other actions we can each take to help protect ourselves and those around us, include avoiding group gatherings, regularly washing your hands and staying home if sick, DHEC said.
State health officials estimate that up to 86% of South Carolinians who contract the virus don't get tested. As of Saturday, they estimated that 705,314 people in all have likely contracted COVID-19 since March.