Reporting COVID-19 Cases & Deaths
Beginning the week of September 14, 2020, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) implemented updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for tracking and reporting cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. South Carolina will follow these federal criteria to ensure the virus is uniformly reported across the country.
Please read the news release issued September 14 that provides details about the agency following this new CDC criteria.
DHEC reports confirmed cases and probable cases as defined by the CDC.
A confirmed case is an individual who had a confirmatory viral test performed by way of a throat swab, nose swab or saliva test and that specimen tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19.
A probable case is an individual who has not had a confirmatory test performed but has:
- a positive antigen test
- clinical criteria of infection and is at high risk for COVID-19 infection (e.g. healthcare worker)
The agency internally tracks suspect cases to see if those individuals become confirmed or probable cases. Suspect cases represent individuals with the lowest level of evidence that they have been infected with COVID-19.
The CDC may update how COVID-19 cases and deaths are reported as more is learned about the accuracy of antibody testing. DHEC is committed to providing accurate and transparent data and follows federal criteria to ensure the virus is uniformly reported across the country.