May 28 Cases

Testing Brings
Saluda County
Total To 132 Cases

  Testing returned to Saluda on Mon., May 18, and Saluda County’s coronavrius total continues to rise.
  The latest report said Saluda County had 132 reported cases. The report says the county had 811 estimated cases, and 943 possible cases. One hundred twenty-two of the county’s cases are in the 29138 zip code.
  Counties neighboring Saluda had the following case totals: Edgefield - 46; Aiken - 161; Greenwood - 76; Lexington - 525; Newberry - 36.
  The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 199 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 9 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.
  As of May 19, DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory has conducted 28,775 tests for COVID-19. Of these tests, 3,222 were positive and 25,553 were negative. A total of 138,238 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 timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.
Hospital Bed Occupancy
  As of this morning, 3,030 inpatient hospital beds are available and 7,209 are in use, which is a 70.41% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,209 inpatient beds currently used, 414 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.
  Percent Positive Test Trends among Reported COVID-19 Cases
  As South Carolina increases testing, there will likely be more laboratory-confirmed cases. The total number of tests performed yesterday statewide was 2,270 and the percent positive was 5.5%. When the percent positive is low, it may indicate that more widespread testing is being performed and the percent positive may more accurately reflect how much disease is present in the community

All Voters Can Now Vote Absentee
in June Primaries, Runoffs

  COLUMBIA, SC (May 13, 2020) – Every voter in South Carolina is now qualified to vote absentee in the June Primaries and Runoffs.  Governor McMaster today signed into law legislation passed yesterday by the General Assembly that authorizes any voter to vote absentee in any election in June 2020.  The provision expires on July 1, 2020 and does not apply to any elections after that date.
  “This action by the General Assembly and Governor McMaster, which we greatly appreciate, will go a long way in protecting the health and safety of every South Carolinian,” said Marci Andino, Executive Director of the S.C. State Election Commission.   “All voters now have a safe alternative to voting at their polling place in June.”
  All voters now have two options to exercise their right to vote in the 2020 Statewide Primaries and Runoffs.
  Vote Absentee
  •Any voter can now select Reason 18 – State of Emergency on the absentee application.
  •If voting absentee by mail:
  •Get your application now and return it as soon as possible. 
  •Once you receive your ballot, vote the ballot, and return it as soon as possible.
  •If voting absentee in person:
  •Visit your county voter registration office or a satellite absentee location. 
  •Bring your Photo ID if you have one.
  Vote on Election Day
  Election officials are taking steps to protect the health of voters and poll managers:
  •Poll managers will receive special Covid-19 training on applying social distancing and maintaining sanitary conditions in the polling place.
  Election officials are working to source:
  •Masks, face shields and gloves for poll managers.
  •Sneeze guards for check-in stations.
  •Sanitizing wipes for cleaning common surfaces.
  •Hand sanitizer for voters and poll managers.
  •Cotton swabs for making selections on the touchscreen.
  •Check-in stations and voting equipment will be spaced at least six feet apart.
  •Some polling places will be relocated or consolidated due to the pandemic.  Some facilities have declined to be used, and some poll managers have declined to serve. Election officials are working to find new locations and recruit new managers; however, some voters will vote at a different polling place.
  Voters should prepare by:
  •Making sure your address is up to date.
  •Check your registration.
  •Update your address.
  •Bringing your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID).
  •Checking your polling place at before going to the polls.
  •Wearing a protective mask if you have one.
  •Bringing your own pen for signing the poll list.
  •Practicing social distancing by spacing yourself at least six feet apart from others.
  •Being patient.  We are all in this together.