COVID-19 Update

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control on Thursday announced 424 new cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, including 47 in Horry County.

The agency also announced 42 new confirmed deaths connected to the disease in South Carolina with none of them being out of Horry County.

This marks the fifth straight day where there have been no reported COVID-19 deaths in the county.

Horry County's cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is now 9,156, and 168 of those patients died.

The state's cumulative total is 113,107 with 2,494 who've died.

The state reported 5,234 of COVID-19 test results from Wednesday. Of those, 8.1% were positive. The number does not include antibody tests. Since the pandemic began, the state has tested 980,834 samples.

As of Wednesday, Horry County hospitals were at 86.4% capacity.

Of 1,461 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, in the state 1,110 were occupied, with 262 ICU beds holding COVID-19 patients. 

Of the state's 1,581 ventilators, 502 were in use, with 144 used by COVID-19 patients. 

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.

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. Horry County has not seen 50 or more daily new cases of COVID-19 in a single day since Aug. 13. That day, 71 new cases were reported.

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

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