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COVID-19 update: SC tops 1,000 hospitalizations connected to virus as cases grow

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COVID-19 update: SC tops 1,000 hospitalizations connected to virus as cases grow

Hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 have topped 1,000 — more than twice what South Carolina saw during an earlier "peak" in the virus — as cases continue to grow statewide.

State health officials reported 1,320 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday and four additional confirmed deaths. There are currently 1,032 hospital beds occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

In the Lakelands, Laurens County recorded 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 while Greenwood County added nine cases, and Abbeville, McCormick and Saluda county each saw three.

Statewide, this brings the cumulative total of confirmed cases to 34,546, probable cases to 98, confirmed deaths to 717 and probable deaths to three.

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In case you’ve missed the latest information on how cases are being reported, this should clear up the matter of "probable" versus "confirmed."

A confirmed case is an individual who had a confirmatory viral test performed by way of a throat or nose swab and that specimen tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19, DHEC reports. A positive viral test, also called a PCR test or molecular test, alone is enough to classify a confirmed case.

DHEC reports a probable case is an individual who has not had a confirmatory viral test performed but has:1. epidemiologic evidence and clinical evidence of infection, or2. a positive antibody blood test and either epidemiologic evidence or clinical evidence. (A positive antibody test alone is currently not a reliable method for diagnosing a COVID-19 infection.)A confirmed death is said to be someone whose death is related to COVID-19 and who tested positive with a confirmatory viral […]

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