By Ray Rivera | May 21, 2020 at 6:51 PM EDT – Updated May 21 at 8:17 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Health officials have announced 199 new cases of COVID-19 and 9 more deaths in South Carolina.

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 9,379, and those who have died to 416, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Deaths reported on Thursday include six elderly individuals from Clarendon, Darlington, Horry, Kershaw, Lee and Spartanburg counties. Three of the nine deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Dillon, Florence, and Lee counties.

As of Wednesday, a total of 148,901 total tests by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs have been conducted in the state.

The latest data from DHEC shows that 85% of patients have recovered from the virus while 15% of patients are still ill.

The following is a breakdown from Wednesday of total positive cases and total deaths in Lowcountry counties.

Beaufort County30612
Berkeley County20915
Charleston County52311
Colleton County638
Dorchester County1203
Georgetown County533
Orangeburg County1192
Williamsburg County18910

The number of new cases reported on Thursday, May 21 by county are listed below:

Aiken (1), Allendale (1), Anderson (5), Bamberg (2), Beaufort (2), Berkeley (4), Charleston (7), Chesterfield (3), Clarendon (4), Colleton (2), Darlington (8), Dillon (3), Dorchester (2), Edgefield (1), Fairfield (13), Florence (13), Greenville (27), Greenwood (4), Horry (13), Kershaw (6), Lancaster (8), Lee (3), Lexington (5), Marion (1), Marlboro (8), Newberry (2), Orangeburg (2), Pickens (5), Richland (13), Saluda (5), Spartanburg (6), Sumter (7), Williamsburg (6), York (7)

State health officials are continuing to provide information on how South Carolinians can protect themselves against exposure to the virus including staying home if sick and minimizing contact with people outside their households. Other steps the public should take include:

  • Practicing social distancing
  • Wearing a mask while out in public
  • Avoiding touching frequently touched items
  • Regularly washing your hands
  • Monitoring for symptoms

Anyone with concerns about their health should reach out to a healthcare provider or use the telehealth services provided by several health care systems. For telehealth options and the latest information about DHEC’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit Visit for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.

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