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SC surpasses 100,000 cases of COVID-19 as health officials report lowest count since June

Emily Bohatch, The State (Columbia, S.C.) on

Published in News & Features

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina surpassed 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Monday after state health officials announced that 718 more people tested positive for the virus.

The report included one of the lowest daily case counts since June 17.

That brought the total number of Palmetto State residents diagnosed with the virus up to 100,431.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control also announced that 17 more people have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the death toll up to 1,966.

State health officials did not hold a briefing with reporters Monday.

Officials estimate that up to 86% of South Carolinians who contract the virus don't get tested. As of Monday, they estimated that 717,364 people in all have likely contracted COVID-19 since March.

 

DHEC has also been recording probable cases and probable deaths. A probable case is someone who has not received lab test results but has virus symptoms or a positive antibody test. A probable death is someone who has not gotten a lab test but whose death certificate lists COVID-19 as a cause of death or a contributing factor.

On Monday, they reported six new probable cases and one new probable death. That brings the total number of probable cases up to 728 and total probable deaths to 83.

Starting in late June, the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients has steadily increased.

The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized at one time peaked at more than 1,700 on July 23, and the state has seen small decreases in those daily numbers since. Some data since late July was unavailable, though, because DHEC is transitioning to a new tracking system, which would give more precise information about COVID-19-related hospital conditions.

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