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 At least 7 die of COVID in Beaufort County over 3 days 

 By Mike McCombs 

Monday’s COVID-19 numbers released by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC) continued to trend badly for Beaufort County. 

The numbers are always delayed by two days, but in the previous three days, officials reported seven COVID-19 deaths in Beaufort County, five confirmed cases and two probable cases. 

There have been 12 deaths in Beaufort county in the week of Aug. 15 to Aug. 22, all middle-aged or elderly patients. There have been 20 deaths overall in Beaufort County since July 1. 

There were 131 new confirmed cases on Monday and the seven-day average rose to 151, the high in Beaufort County since the pandemic began. The previous high was 147 on Sunday.

There were 3,121 positive cases and 10 deaths reported statewide on Monday. The positivity rate was 16.2 percent. On Sunday, those numbers were even higher – 4,009 positive cases and 25 deaths.

At Beaufort Memorial Hospital, as of Tuesday morning, there were 51 COVID positive patients being treated, a high for BMH since the pandemic began.

Seven of those cases are in the ICU, and six of those seven are on ventilators.

Also, two of those are pediatric cases, both children younger than a year old.

Mike McCombs is the editor of The Island News and can be reached at TheIslandNews@gmail.com.

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