COVID surge continues in county, state


From staff reports

COVID-19 numbers continue to increase both across the state of South Carolina and here in Beaufort.

Statewide, South Carolina reported 1,954 new cases and 11 deaths on Tuesday.

There are 1,248 COVID patients hospitalized statewide. That number is at its highest since two days before Valentine’s Day.

Locally, the average for confirmed positive cases for the past seven days is 118.43, the highest since the pandemic began. The previous high seven-day average was around 113 cases in mid-January.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH), as of Tuesday afternoon, had 39 COVID-positive patients, including eight in the Intensive Care Unit and five on ventilators.

The 39 patients is the highest for BMH since it’s all-time high of 44 back on Jan. 8. That day was the third of a three-day stretch with at least 43 COVID-19 patients at BMH.

The number of COVID deaths in Beaufort County remains low, with six coming since mid-June. The death rate, however, typically lags behind reporting of positive cases and hospitalizations.

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