The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Sunday announced 312 new cases of COVID-19, including 15 in Horry County, and seven additional deaths, bringing the state's cumulative total of patients to 11,861 including 494 who died.
All seven deaths occurred in elderly individuals from Anderson, Chester, Colleton, Darlington, Hampton, Marlboro, and York counties.
Horry County is now home to a cumulative case total of 417 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 25 patients who died.
Accounting for undiagnosed patients, DHEC estimates there could be more than 2,562 COVID-19 cases in Horry County and more than 81,386 cases across the state. [Click here to see DHEC's map of COVID-19 cases by zip code.]
DHEC is using mobile testing clinics in their effort to test 2 percent of the population, or 110,000 South Carolinians per month. The agency met that goal on Tuesday, in part through the use of mobile testing clinics, most of which are free. There are currently 104 clinics scheduled through July 2. [Click here to see a list of mobile clinics.] The state has performed more than 199,000 tests since the pandemic began.
Upcoming DHEC free mobile testing events for June 1, include one from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Tidelands Health at the Market Common, 2200 Crow Lane, Myrtle Beach.
As of May 30, a total of 206,247 tests have been conducted in the state.
As of Saturday morning, there was a 71.9 percent hospital bed utilization rate.
State officials are encouraging residents to stay home when possible and minimize contact with people outside their households to slow the spread of the virus, especially considering that people can spread the virus before showing symptoms, and can carry the virus without ever showing symptoms at all.
“We realize that what we are asking everyone to continue to do is not easy, but what we’re calling on South Carolininans to do by continuing to practice social distancing, wearing a mask while in public, and limited their close contacts is critical to controlling the spread of this virus,” DHEC said in a release.