Bowen Retires

BOWEN RETIRES - Dean Bowen retired from the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Mon., Aug. 17, after over 30 years in Saluda County law enforcement, as a member of the Highway Patrol, Saluda Police and the Sheriff’s Office. (Sheriff’s Office photo)


480 County COVID

Cases, New Testing


  Saluda County’s COVID-19  cases has risen to 480, and new testing has been scheduled..

  Saluda County’s death toll now stands at eight.

  The latest DHEC report says the county had 2881 estimated cases, and 3361 possible cases. Of the county’s cases, 396 are in the are in the 29138 zip code. 

  Counties neighboring Saluda had the following case totals: Aiken - 1957; Edgefield - 351;  Greenwood - 1532; Lexington - 5110; Newberry - 883. 

  Free testing in Saluda County, sponsored by Self Regional Healthcare, will be held Thurs., Aug. 20, and Tues., Aug.  25, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saluda Baptist Church, 112 W. Wheeler Circle.

   The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Sun., Aug, 16, announced 537 new confirmed cases and 16 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 9 additional confirmed deaths and no new probable deaths.

  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 105,466, probable cases to 1,031, confirmed deaths to 2,165, and 104 probable deaths.

  Testing in South Carolina

  As of Sat., Aug. 15, a total of 929,805 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 is testing specimens seven days a week, and the Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.

  Percent Positive

  The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC Saturday statewide was 4,886 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 11.0%.

  Over 110 Mobile Testing Clinics Scheduled Statewide

  Testing for COVID-19 is essential because it helps identify people who are infected with the virus, whether or not they have symptoms, so they can isolate themselves and keep those around them from becoming infected, especially at-risk individuals who can develop life-threatening illness if they contract the virus. Identifying those with COVID-19 who have symptoms helps ensure they receive the medical treatment they need.

  DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics to make testing available in communities across the state. Currently, there are 114 mobile testing events scheduled through October 13 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at

  Hospital Bed Occupancy

  Since July 22, the federal government has required hospitals nationwide to report data directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through a new TeleTracking system, which replaces the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Healthcare Safety Network system that had been used initially by hospitals for reporting COVID-19 data. 

  How South Carolinians Can Stop the Spread

  Evidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and don’t know they are infectious. This places everyone at risk of getting the virus or unknowingly transmitting it to someone else. Steps we can take to protect ourselves and others include:

  Practicing social distancing

  Wearing a mask in public

  Avoiding group gatherings

  Regularly washing your hands

  Staying home if sick

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

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