Beaufort County had 163 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Monday night, and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control projects another 915 people in the county are infected but untested.
Because the health service only tests a small portion of the population, officials estimate how many people have coronavirus with the number of positive results.
About 82 percent, or 752 cases, in Beaufort County are possibly undiagnosed, state forecasts show
“By including estimates, we hope to better convey more meaningful information about the risk of disease spread in our society,” the DHEC website says.
The project estimates that Bluffton, which has 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus, is likely to have 21
At the request of the government, Henry McMaster, DHEC began delivering estimates on Monday with zip codes for the number of infected but not tested, reinforcing the widespread nature of coronavirus.
“The ZIP code information represents only people who have actually been tested. And we know that with insufficient test supplies and insufficient access to care, not everyone who is ill has been tested, ”said epidemiologist Dr Linda Bell at a press conference on Friday. “And so we don’t want anyone to think that information in any way tells what is actually happening in the communities and the risk of disease spread, regardless of what counts.”
On Monday, seven new cases were reported but no further deaths in Beaufort County.
Beaufort County has seen four coronavirus deaths since the first one week ago:
- Woman, 89, of Hilton Head Island died Saturday
- One, 86, of Hilton Head Island died Friday
- A 72-year-old man from Beaufort died Tuesday
- A man, 81, of Beaufort died March 30
Statewide announced 183 new cases on Monday for a total of 2,232 cases.
A further four deaths were announced, which means the total will be 48 over South Carolina.
Here is a breakdown of zip codes where people tested positive and the state estimates of other possible cases in Beaufort County as of Monday.
- 17 positive and 121 possible in Beaufort (29902)
- 6 possible west of Beaufort (29904)
- 26 positive and 186 possible in the northwest of Beaufort (29906)
- 11 positive and 79 possible east of Beaufort (29907)
- Seven positive and 50 possible in Okatie (29909)
- 30 positive and 214 possible in Bluffton (29910)
- A positive and 7 possible on Daufuskie Island (29915)
- Seven positive and 50 possible on St. Helena Island (29920)
- 15 positive and 79 possible at Hilton Head (29926 and 29928)
- Five positive and 36 possible in Port Royal (29935)
- A positive and 1 possible in Ridgeland (29936)
- A positive and 7 possible in Seabrook (29940)
- Sex possible in Sheldon (29941)
- A positive and 3 possible in Yemassee (29945)
- 41 cases are listed as unknown postcodes.
The postal code of the US Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in Port Royal, 29905, has not been included in the listing of DHEC.
Positive cases for Parris Island were previously reported in the “unknown” category because the cases were initially reported to DHEC as in several zip codes, DHEC spokeswoman Laura Renwick said in an email Monday.
“Reporting deviations like this contribute to why cases fall into the” unknown “group and our team continues to resolve all the unknowns within 24 hours to have the positive cases registered in their correct housing code,” Renwick said.
This previously included 39 positive cases Parris Island ZIP code 29905 and 1 positive case for Beaufort ZIP code 29902.
The email did not explain the location of the 41 unknown case.
Last week, the base said there were more than 20 cases at Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island. Last Tuesday, the Department of Defense ordered military installations in South Carolina to stop publishing data on COVID-19 testing.