One day after a record amount of coronavirus cases, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 1,952 new cases on Sunday.
Health officials also reported ten new deaths on Sunday, which means the total in South Carolina amounts to 950.
Since March, 56,485 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Palmetto State. On Saturday, a record 2,239 cases were reported, in addition to the first child’s death from the coronavirus.
One day later, South Carolina announced first confirmed cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-1
Health officials said two children are the first in the state with confirmed diagnoses of MIS-C, a rare health condition that has recently been recognized to occur in some children and teens who have been affected by COVID-19 or been in contact with someone infected with the virus.
One child comes from the Midlands and one from the Pee Dee region. Both are under 10 years old, according to DHEC.
“We continue to see more and more young people, especially those under the age of 20, contracting and spreading COVID-19, and we know that MIS-C is a threat to our youngest southern Carolinians,” state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell said in a news release . “MIS-C is a serious health complication linked to COVID-19 and is all the more reason why we need to stop the spread of this virus. All and all are susceptible to COVID-19 as well as additional health risks associated with it, which is why all of us have to stop the virus by wearing a mask and stopping six feet from others. These simple steps are how we protect ourselves and others, including our children. “
The first reports of this syndrome came from the UK at the end of April. Cases in the United States were first reported in New York in early May.
Emergency warning signs for MIS-C include respiratory distress, chest pain or non-disappearing pressure, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face and severe abdominal pain, reported DHEC.
Which counties were affected?
Charleston County saw the largest increase in cases with 282. This was followed by Greenville County 216 new cases and another 213 positive tests in Horry County, according to DHEC.
In Richland County, officials identified 152 new cases, and in Lexington County they found 109. Since testing began in March, DHEC has confirmed 4,799 cases of coronavirus in Richland County and reported 2,919 positive tests in Lexington County.
Health officials said eight of the deaths occurred in elderly individuals, including two from Greenville County, along with individuals in Anderson, Charleston, Chester, Clarendon, Horry and Lexington counties. Two of the deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Lee and Lexington counties.
What is new?
SC Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Friday requiring all bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol at 11 pm The order came into effect on Saturday.
The order is McMaster’s latest attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus, which has become widespread among Southern Carolinians for 35 years.
The governor also reiterated that he would not put a state mask requirement in place.
“I can’t enforce, the state government can’t enforce a state mandate for five million people’s masks,” McMaster said without elaborating why he sees a non-enforceable mask rule.
Are all cases reported?
About 86% of southern Carolinians affected by the virus go undiagnosed, DHEC officials estimate.
State health officials have begun tracking what officials consider probable cases or deaths.
A likely case is someone who has not received laboratory test results but has viral symptoms or a positive antibody test. Although no new probable cases were reported on Sunday, the total number for South Carolina is 163, according to DHEC.
A probable death is someone who has not received a laboratory test but whose death certificate lists COVID-19 as a cause of death or a contributing factor. There are 11 likely deaths in South Carolina, but no new cases were reported on Sunday.
DHEC estimates that there are 346,979 COVID-19 cases in South Carolina that have not been diagnosed.
How are hospitals affected?
Health officials have reported record-high patients with hospitalized coronaviruses by week. On Saturday, 1,472 people were hospitalized with the virus.
South Carolina surpassed 1,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients for the first time on June 29. Hospitals have seen more than 1,000 coronavirus patients every day since.
As of Sunday, 188 of the coronavirus patients are on ventilators.
In total, DHEC reported that 2,890 hospital beds are available and 7,721 are used, which is a 72% state-of-hospital hospital bed.
McMaster has said that the state is ready to implement a plan to create new bed space if hospitals become congested. He added that he may need medical facilities to postpone elective procedures again. On Thursday, officials with the SC Emergency Management Division said the state had not reached that point.
How does COVID-19 trend in SC?
South Carolina has seen record daily cases of coronavirus since June. The overvoltage in cases is an indicator that the virus’s activity is increasing throughout the state. Last week, daily cases counted from 1,319 to a record 1,885 cases. The week before they fell between 890 and 1 599.
Officials reported that a record-high 22.3% of tests reported Sunday were positive. That number is higher than what health officials saw in March and early April. In May, at its lowest point, the percentage of positive tests fell on average between 2% and 4%.
Since June 27, at least 16 percent of cases have turned positive with the previous highest score of 22.2 percent coming on Saturday. Nationally, about 8.7% of tests are positive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SC health officials are projecting 13,606 new cases over the next seven days from July 12-18.
Younger south corolines are increasingly affected by the virus. Since June 1, there has been an increase of 436.5% in recently reported COVID-19 cases among the age group of 21-30 years, which corresponds to 22% of the total confirmed cases in the state. This is the largest proportion by age group.
Why is the case up?
State health officials say the accounts are increasing as more people leave their homes when businesses open again. Fewer people practice social distancing and wear masks, they said.
Since April 20, the governor has gradually opened businesses, including restaurants, retailers, beaches, gyms and lounges. McMaster has repeatedly said he would not consider closing businesses again or requiring Southern Carolinians to wear masks in response to the explosion in the coronavirus case.
Contrary to McMaster’s statements, state epidemiologist Linda Bell has said that a state mask requirement can help curb COVID-19.
Local officials have taken their own steps to curb the spread of coronavirus, including in Columbia, where masks are now required.
How is SC ranked nationally?
Although South Carolina has not broken the top fifteen in the country for per capita cases, it has seen some of the biggest increases in cases in recent weeks.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the Palmetto State saw more cases per million residents in the past week than several countries with the worst outbreaks in the world. Only Arizona and Florida surpassed South Carolina, according to Times analysis.
A Harvard study of the county’s risk level for coronavirus ranked Palmetto State as the highest risk level and gave 16 counties the same designation.