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South Carolina Announces Four Deaths Related to COVID-19, 86 Additional Cases

March 27, 2020


COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced four additional deaths related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. This brings the state’s total number of deaths to 13.

The patients, who were all elderly and had underlying health conditions, were from Richland, Kershaw, Greenville, and Florence counties.

“It’s never easy to have to report the deaths of members of our communities,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician. “We express our deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of these patients.”

DHEC also is investigating 86 additional cases of COVID-19. Three previously reported cases were determined during case investigations to be residents of other states.This brings the total number statewide to 539 cases in 39 counties*.

The number of new cases by county are listed below.

  • Aiken County: 2 cases
  • Beaufort County: 6 cases
  • Berkeley County: 2 cases
  • Charleston County: 32 cases
  • Chesterfield County: 1 case
  • Clarendon County: 1 case
  • Colleton County: 1 case
  • Dorchester County: 5 cases
  • Florence County: 6 cases
  • Horry County: 3 cases
  • Kershaw County: 6 cases
  • Lancaster County: 1 case
  • Lexington County: 5 cases
  • Oconee County: 1 case
  • Orangeburg County: 1 case
  • Pickens County: 1 case
  • Richland County: 5 cases
  • Spartanburg County: 7 cases

DHEC’s COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with a map of positive cases as well as the most current recommendations for protecting against COVID-19.

“We’d like to express our gratitude to South Carolina’s public health professionals, medical workers, and first responders who are working tirelessly to help combat this disease,” Dr. Traxler said. “Please help protect those on the frontlines so that they can continue to protect all of us. This includes staying home and away from people outside your household except for essential reasons, frequently washing your hands, and disinfecting surfaces, particularly ones touched often.”

Individuals with signs of illness should stay at home and away from other people. All South Carolinians are encouraged to monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible, avoid touching frequently touched items, and regularly wash their hands.

Anyone with concerns about their health should reach out to their 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.

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



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