The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Sunday announced 1,170 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, including 76 in Horry County.
DHEC officials also announced 25 additional deaths linked to COVID-19. Horry County had no new COVID-19-related deaths.
It brings the county’s case total up to 7,427, including 103 who have died. The statewide total is now at 80,856 and 1,436 deaths.
Palmetto State hospitals have been transitioning to a new federal reporting system for proving bed occupancy.
“DHEC is monitoring their efforts to transition to the new system,” the state agency said in a news release. “At this time, DHEC is aware that the information currently provided by hospitals through the new system has inaccuracies. Once DHEC is able to verify the information the hospitals are reporting as part of this new system is accurate and the system is fully implemented, we will resume our effort to provide daily data reports.”
On July 13, Conway Medical Center announced that the hospital is only performing medically-urgent and emergent surgeries in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Horry County. This is scheduled to come to an end on Monday. All elective surgeries will be rescheduled.
CMC officials said the hospital will continue its visitor restrictions and not allow visitors for patients in the hospital, with the exception of those patients in end-of-life circumstances and patients in the birthing ward as well as pediatric patients who are limited to one visitor each.
On Wednesday, about 40 S.C. National Guard medics began assisting local hospitals due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the area. The medics will provide clinical support at McLeod Loris, Conway Medical Center, McLeod Seacoast, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital.
As of Saturday, a total of 700,464 tests have been conducted in the state. The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Saturday statewide was 7,490 and the percent positive of those tests was 15.6%
There are 96 mobile testing events scheduled through Aug. 31 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.
Friday marked the third of four free testing events in Horry and Georgetown counties courtesy of Tidelands Health.
The final testing event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium. The event is set to start at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.
Residents can also get tested at one of 214 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information.