Coronavirus update: Two more SC patients die, bringing total to 5; 7 more Beaufort County cases bring total to 21; state at 298

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today is reporting the state’s fourth and fifth deaths related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. This brings the state’s total number of deaths to five.

“We unfortunately have to announce that our state has suffered two more losses related to COVID-19,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell said in a release. “On behalf of all South Carolinians, we express our deepest sympathy for the families, friends and loved ones of these individuals. We also share gratitude to the medical workers who cared for these individuals to the best of their ability as we all face this new disease together.”

DHEC announced an additional 103 cases statewide, including seven in Beaufort County, bringing the totals to 298 statewide and 21 in Beaufort County.

Today’s reported cases included two days’ worth of DHEC Public Health Laboratory testing. Due to a shipment delay, according to DHEC, Sunday’s results were run later than usual and received after the 4 p.m. update deadline.

One patient was an elderly person from Clarendon County, who had underlying health conditions. The second patient was an elderly person from Kershaw County who also had underlying health conditions.

“We must continue to do all we can to protect ourselves and those around us, especially those at higher-risk for developing severe illness from the virus,” Bell said. “Based on our data as well as the data shared by other states and other countries, we, in South Carolina, should expect to see the number of positive cases continue to increase. This disease is here, it’s in our communities, and we all have a part to play in helping to stop the spread of it.”