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A man delivers pizza to a vehicle on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Friday announced 1,921 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, including 116 in Horry County.

DHEC officials also announced 46 additional deaths linked to COVID-19. Four of those patients were elderly people from Horry County.

It brings the county’s cumulative COVID-19 case total up to 7,296 with 101 deaths connected to the disease. The statewide case total is now at 78,298 and 1,339 deaths.

As of Thursday, a total of 680,947 tests for the disease have been conducted in the state.

"The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 8,877 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 21.6%," DHEC's release said.

During a media conference call, Dr. Brannon Traxler with DHEC said 21-30 is the age group with the largest percentage of COVID-19 cases in South Carolina at 21%.

Currently, there are 75 mobile COVID-19 testing events scheduled through Aug. 15 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.

The drive-through testing event originally set for Friday, July 31, at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium is moving to Saturday, Aug. 1. It will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event, a collaboration between Tidelands Health and DHEC, is designed to administer free COVID-19 tests to thousands.

The event is open to the public, and pre-screening is not required. Participants drive up to be tested and remain in their vehicles throughout the process.

Residents can also get tested at one of 182 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information.

DHEC urges South Carolinians to practice social distancing, wear a mask in public, avoid group gatherings, wash hands regularly and stay home if they are sick to help prevent COVID-19's spread. Go to scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the state Department of Mental Health.


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