COVID-19 Update

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Saturday announced 825 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 38 in Horry County.

The department reported 33 additional deaths linked to COVID-19. One new death was reported in Horry County.

The statewide cumulative total is now at 109,962 and there have been 2,372 deaths connected to the disease in South Carolina.

In Horry County, there have been 9,022 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 168 deaths of patients connected to COVID-19.

As of Friday, a total of 975,875 tests have been conducted in the state.

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Friday was 6,007 (this doesn't include antibody tests) with 13.7% coming back positive.

According to state officials, Horry County had 545 hospital beds in use and was operating at a 81.5% utilization rate as of late Friday.

Of the 1,590 ventilators in the state, 561 are in use and 155 of those are being utilized by COVID-19 patients. Out of 1,125 intensive care unit beds in use, 258 were occupied by COVID-19 patients.

DHEC is reporting 1,025 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state, and the agency said of 10,178 inpatient beds in South Carolina, 8,289 are occupied — an 81.44% utilization rate.

There are 247 mobile testing events scheduled through Oct. 13, and new testing events are being added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.

Residents can also visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for information about getting tested at one of 222 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state.

Tidelands Health on Wednesday announced it's currently offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing every Tuesday in Pawleys Island and every Friday in Myrtle Beach.

The Pawleys Island testing is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. or until supplies run out every Tuesday at the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Parish at 1633 Waverly Road.

The Myrtle Beach testing is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. or until supplies run out every Friday at Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Conference Center at 950 Crabtree Lane.

Each testing event will have enough DHEC-supplied test kits to handle 250 people. Pre-screening is not required.

Throughout the month of August, Horry County has not seen a day with a daily COVID-19 case total of more than 100. The last time the county saw more than 100 daily new cases of COVID-19 was July 28.

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