Horry County saw another daily record for COVID-19 cases Saturday as state health officials announced 101 new cases in the county and a total of 770 new cases statewide.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) also announced six additional COVID-19 patient deaths, including a middle-aged person in Horry County. Across South Carolina, nearly 18,000 people have tested positive for the disease and just under 600 have died.
In Horry County, more than 1,000 people have tested positive for the disease and 34 of those people have died.
DHEC's public lab is testing specimens every day and is operating seven days per week, according to a news release.
"The total number of individuals tested yesterday statewide was 5,794 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 13.3%," the release said. "When the percent positive is low, it may indicate that more widespread testing is being performed and the percent positive may more accurately reflect how much disease is present in the community."
State health officials have scheduled nearly 80 mobile testing clinics across South Carolina through July 18 as part of an effort to reach rural and underserved communities. To find a mobile testing clinic, click here.
There are also 173 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities. To find one of those, click here.
As of Saturday morning, the state's hospitals were at 70% capacity, according to the DHEC release. Of the 7,334 inpatient beds being used, 523 hold people who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or are being examined for 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 release said.
Health officials are urging residents to practice social distancing, wear a mask in public, avoid group gatherings, regularly wash hands and stay home if they are sick.