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South Carolina Announces Latest COVID-19 Update (November 8, 2020)

November 8, 2020


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Today, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 825 new confirmed cases and 14 new probable cases of COVID-19, 20 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.

The total number of confirmed cases is 175,730, probable cases is 9,958, confirmed deaths is 3,776, and probable deaths is 260.

Confirmed and probable cases: please click here.
Confirmed and probable deaths: please click here.

Be Positive You’re Negative 
DHEC urges South Carolinians to be positive you're negative by routinely getting tested if you're regularly out in the community. It's especially important to get tested before and after holiday traveling or events. Visit for a testing location near you. DHEC-sponsored testing is free, doesn't require insurance, and results are available within 72 hours. DHEC's testing options have expanded to include shallow nasal testing, an oral swab, or a saliva test at different locations.

Testing in South Carolina
As of yesterday, a total of 2,173,744  tests have been conducted in the state. See a detailed breakdown of tests in South Carolina on the Data and Projections webpage. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and testing specimens seven days a week. The Public Health Laboratory’s timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.

Percent Positive
The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 6,321 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 13.1%.

Hospital Bed Occupancy
Click here to view hospital data from today's TeleTracking report.

COVID-19 Information
For the latest COVID-19 information, visit Visit for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.

*Some changes in previously reported data may occur. DHEC’s COVID-19 online data will adjust to reflect any new information in order to have the data be as current and accurate as possible at any given time.




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