DHEC Announces 55 New Cases of COVID-19 in Horry County | Covid-19 coverage
SC’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 1,368 new cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina on Saturday, including 55 in Horry County.
DHEC officials also announced 74 additional deaths linked to COVID-19. Horry County had two new confirmed deaths linked to the coronavirus.
That brings the county’s total number of cases to 7,351, of which 103 have died. The statewide total is now 79,634 with 1,412 deaths.
As of Wednesday, hospitals are transitioning to a new federal reporting system to prove bed occupancy.
“DHEC is monitoring their efforts to switch to the new system,” the state agency said in the statement. “At present, DHEC is aware that the information currently provided by hospitals through the new system is inaccurate. Once DHEC is able to verify that the information hospitals are reporting under this new system is accurate and the system is fully implemented, we will resume our efforts to provide daily data reports.
On July 13, Conway Medical Center announced that the hospital was only performing urgent and medically urgent surgeries in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Horry County. It should end on Monday.
All elective surgeries will be postponed.
CMC officials said the hospital will continue to restrict visitors and will not allow visitors for hospital patients, except for end-of-life patients and delivery room patients as well. only pediatric patients limited to one visitor. each.
This week, about 40 South Carolina National Guard medics began assisting local hospitals due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the region. They will provide clinical support at McLeod Loris, Conway Medical Center, McLeod Seacoast, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital.
There are 102 mobile test events scheduled until August 15th with new test events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic on scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.
Friday marked the third of four free testing events in Sorry and Georgetown counties offered by Tidelands Health.
The final test event is scheduled for Saturday August 1 at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium. The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.
Residents can also get tested at one of 214 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information.