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Cars line up for a COVID-19 testing event hosted by Tidelands Health at Pelicans Stadium Saturday in Myrtle Beach. Photo by Christian Boschult 

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control on Monday announced 590 new cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, including 19 in Horry County.

The agency also announced 19 new confirmed deaths connected to the disease in South Carolina. One of those deaths was an elderly individual in Horry County.

Horry County's cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is now 9,479, and 180 of those patients have died.

The state's cumulative total is 123,552 with 2,767 who've died.

The state reported 5,256 of COVID-19 test results from Sunday. Of those, 11.2% were positive. The number does not include antibody tests. Since the pandemic began, the state has tested 1,075,129 samples.

As of Sunday, Horry County hospitals were at 77.9% capacity.

Tidelands Health is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing every Tuesday in Pawleys Island and each 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, 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.

Currently, there are 241 mobile testing events scheduled through Oct. 17, and there are 249 permanent testing sites in South Carolina. Find a testing clinic or event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19testing.

The last time Horry County saw more than 100 daily new cases of COVID-19 was July 28.

DHEC's recent data shows that communities with mask requirements continue to see a slower rate of COVID-19 spreading compared to ones without the rules.

Unincorporated Horry County, Conway, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach all have mask policies.

The North Myrtle Beach and Horry County councils recently voted to extend their mask rules for 60 days.

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