The COVID-19 virus

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Yet another state record for confirmed cases of the coronavirus − 1.599 − was reported Saturday in South Carolina while the Pee Dee recorded three deaths from the virus out of a statewide total of 15 deaths and two additional probable deaths.

Charleston, Greenville, Horry and Richland counties each posted more than 100 new cases with Horry and Charleston counties topping 200 new cases each.

Forty new cases were reported in Florence County.

This brings the total number of people confirmed cases to 31,850, the probable cases to 89, confirmed deaths to 707 and probable deaths to 4.

The confirmed deaths occurred in 10 elderly individuals from Bamberg (1), Cherokee (1), Dillon (1), Florence (1), Greenville (1), Greenwood (1), Hampton (1), Horry (1), Lexington (2), and Marion (1) counties and five middle-aged individuals from Greenville (1), Horry (1), Lancaster (1), Orangeburg (1) and Sumter (1) counties. The probable deaths occurred in an elderly individual from Greenwood County (1) and an individual whose age category is still being determined from Spartanburg County (1).

The number of new confirmed cases by county:

Abbeville (3), Aiken (11), Allendale (1), Anderson (27), Bamberg (1), Barnwell (3), Beaufort (54), Berkeley (39), Calhoun (1), Charleston (280), Cherokee (6), Chester (3), Chesterfield (10), Clarendon (6), Colleton (11), Darlington (11), Dillon (8), Dorchester (53), Edgefield (1), Fairfield (8), Florence (40), Georgetown (40), Greenville (164), Greenwood (41), Hampton (3), Horry (214), Jasper (7), Kershaw (8), Lancaster (19), Laurens (31), Lee (3), Lexington (76), Marion (5), Newberry (3), Oconee (29), Orangeburg (22), Pickens (64), Richland (111), Saluda (6), Spartanburg (60), Sumter (48), Union (1), Williamsburg (13) and York (54).

The number of new probable cases are Greenwood (1), Spartanburg (2)

As of Friday, a total of 389,096 tests have been conducted in the state. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days per week, and the Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24 to 48 hours.

The total number of individuals tested Friday statewide was 8,170 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 19.6%.

Currently, there are 51 mobile testing events scheduled through July 30 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at

Residents can also get tested at one of 172 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit for more information.

As of Saturday morning, 2,778 inpatient hospital beds were available and 7,728 are in use, which is a 73.56% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,728 inpatient beds currently used, 908 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

For the latest information related to COVID-19 visit Visit for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.

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