>> WE BEGIN WITH CORONAVIRUS HEADLINES. MORE THAN 5 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE INFECTED, ACCORDING TO JOHN’S AND BASED ON GOVERNMENT DATA. JOHN HOPKINS REPORTS MORE THAN 328,000 HAVE DIED, INCLUDING 93,000 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OUT NEW RULES. THEY INCLUDE SOCIAL DISTANCING, IMPLEMENTATION, AND FACE COVERING PRACTICES. THEY ALSO WANT PASSENGERS TO HOLD BOARDING PASSES INSTEAD OF GIVING THEM TO OFFICERS. MACY’S SAID IT EXPECTS TO LOSE $1.1 BILLION BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND MAY. THEY WERE FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS ON MARCH 18, CAUSING SALES TO PLUNGE AS MUCH AS 45%.>> WERE WAITING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO RELEASE TODAY’S CUT CASE NUMBERS. AS OF YESTERDAY, SOUTH CAROLINA HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORTED 407 DEATHS AND 9000 POSITIVE CASES.

Almost 200 new coronavirus cases reported in South Carolina, DHEC says

One Upstate death among the 9 reported in state

(Above are the coronavirus headlines from WYFF News 4 at 5.)The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday 199 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 9,379 and those who have died to 416.Six of the nine deaths occurred in elderly individuals from Clarendon (1), Darlington (1), Horry (1), Kershaw (1), Lee (1) and Spartanburg (1) counties. Three of the nine deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Dillon (1), Florence (1), and Lee (1) counties.The number of new cases 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)55 Mobile Testing Clinics Scheduled StatewideAs part of our ongoing efforts to increase testing in underserved and rural communities across the state, DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics that bring testing to these communities. Currently, there are 55 mobile testing events scheduled through June 26 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at www.scdhec.gov/covid19testing.More than 140 Permanent Testing Sites Across the StateIn addition to the mobile testing events, there are currently 145 permanent testing locations at health care facilities throughout the state. Find a location near you – including address, hours of operation an additional details – at www.scdhec.gov/covid19testing.DHEC Trains National Guard EMTs to Conduct Nasal Specimen CollectionToday, staff from DHEC’s Bureau of EMS conducted training for COVID-19 specimen collection at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Richland County. All 25 of the military detachment’s EMTs received training in collecting nasal and oral swabs from individuals for COVID-19 testing. Testing in South CarolinaAs of May 20, a total of 148,901 total tests by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs have been conducted in the state. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week. The Public Health Laboratory’s current time frame for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.Hospital Bed OccupancyAs of this morning, 3,142 inpatient hospital beds are available and 7,199 are in use, which is a 69.62% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,199 inpatient beds currently used, 438 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.*As new information is provided to the department, some changes in cases may occur. Cases are reported based on the person’s county of residence, as it is provided to the department. DHEC’s COVID-19 map will adjust to reflect any reclassified cases.Additional coronavirus resources: Tracking COVID-19 curve of cases, deaths in the Carolinas, Georgia Latest update on coronavirus cases, latest headlines in Carolinas, Georgia COVID-19 maps of Carolinas, Georgia: Latest coronavirus cases by county Sign up for WYFF News 4 coronavirus daily newsletter

COLUMBIA, S.C. —

(Above are the coronavirus headlines from WYFF News 4 at 5.)

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday 199 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths.

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 9,379 and those who have died to 416.

Six of the nine deaths occurred in elderly individuals from Clarendon (1), Darlington (1), Horry (1), Kershaw (1), Lee (1) and Spartanburg (1) counties. Three of the nine deaths occurred in middle-aged individuals from Dillon (1), Florence (1), and Lee (1) counties.

The number of new cases 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)

55 Mobile Testing Clinics Scheduled Statewide
As part of our ongoing efforts to increase testing in underserved and rural communities across the state, DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics that bring testing to these communities. Currently, there are 55 mobile testing events scheduled through June 26 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at www.scdhec.gov/covid19testing.

More than 140 Permanent Testing Sites Across the State
In addition to the mobile testing events, there are currently 145 permanent testing locations at health care facilities throughout the state. Find a location near you – including address, hours of operation an additional details – at www.scdhec.gov/covid19testing.

DHEC Trains National Guard EMTs to Conduct Nasal Specimen Collection
Today, staff from DHEC’s Bureau of EMS conducted training for COVID-19 specimen collection at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Richland County. All 25 of the military detachment’s EMTs received training in collecting nasal and oral swabs from individuals for COVID-19 testing.

Testing in South Carolina
As of May 20, a total of 148,901 total tests by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs have been conducted in the state. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week. The Public Health Laboratory’s current time frame for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.

Hospital Bed Occupancy
As of this morning, 3,142 inpatient hospital beds are available and 7,199 are in use, which is a 69.62% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,199 inpatient beds currently used, 438 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

*As new information is provided to the department, some changes in cases may occur. Cases are reported based on the person’s county of residence, as it is provided to the department. DHEC’s COVID-19 map will adjust to reflect any reclassified cases.

Additional coronavirus resources:

  • Tracking COVID-19 curve of cases, deaths in the Carolinas, Georgia
  • Latest update on coronavirus cases, latest headlines in Carolinas, Georgia
  • COVID-19 maps of Carolinas, Georgia: Latest coronavirus cases by county
  • Sign up for WYFF News 4 coronavirus daily newsletter

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