COVID-19 Update

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Wednesday announced 1,850 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, including 188 in Horry County.

DHEC officials announced no additional deaths linked to COVID-19.

It brings the county’s case total up to 6,241, including 75 who have died. The statewide total is now at 62,071 and 984 deaths.

As of Wednesday morning, 2,951 inpatient hospital beds are available and 7,853 are in use, which is 72.69% statewide hospital bed utilization rate.

Of the 7,853 inpatient beds being used, 1,560 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

Of those 1,560 patients, 206 of them are on ventilators, according to DHEC.

In Horry County, hospital bed occupancy is at 81.5 percent.

Since Monday, Conway Medical Center is only performing medically-urgent and emergent surgeries in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 case in Horry County, according to a news release. This will last until Monday, July 27.

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. No visitors are allowed inside provider offices, on or off the main campus, with patients.

As of Tuesday, a total of 572,823 tests have been conducted in the state. The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Monday statewide was 8,575 and the percent positive of those tests was 21.6%.

Currently, there are 94 mobile testing events scheduled through Aug. 5 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.

Last Friday, July 10 marked the first of four free testing events in Horry and Georgetown counites courtesy of Tidelands Health. The remaining three testing events are:

• July 17 at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium

• July 24 at Coastal Carolina University

• July 31 at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium

All events start at 10 a.m. and last until tests run out.

Residents can also get tested at one of 180 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information.

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