FFA Recognition

  The State FFA Convention was held virtually this year and several Saluda High School FFA members were recognized for their accomplishments.
  Kelly Wertz, Wesley Padgett, and Hunter Proctor received the State FFA Degree.  This is the highest degree available to a FFA member at the state level.
  Cody Clary ran for a state officer position and was the State Poultry Production Proficiency winner for his work on his family’s broiler farm.
  Alexis Gunter was “Tagged” to Teach Ag for her decision to attend college and major in Agriculture Education, will plans to become an ag teacher.

505 County COVID
Cases, Nine Deaths

  Saluda County’s COVID-19  cases have risen to 505, with nine deaths.
  The latest DHEC report says the county had 2881 estimated cases, and 3381 possible cases. Of the county’s cases, 413 are in the are in the 29138 zip code.
  Counties neighboring Saluda had the following case totals: Aiken - 2048; Edgefield - 364;  Greenwood - 1630; Lexington - 5520; Newberry - 904.
   The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Sun., Aug. 23, announced 825 new confirmed cases and 68 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 33 additional confirmed deaths and 2 new probable deaths.
  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 109,962, probable cases to 1,333, confirmed deaths to 2,372, and 121 probable deaths.
  Testing in South Carolina
  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 and make testing available in communities across the state. Currently, there are 247 mobile testing events scheduled through October 13 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic event near you at scdhec.gov/covid19mobileclinics.
  Residents can visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for information about getting tested at one of 222 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state.
  As of Sat., Aug. 22, a total of 975,875 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 yesterday statewide was 6,007 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 13.7%.
  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.
  Hospitals report their information each day to HHS by way of TeleTracking, and that same reporting is also provided to DHEC. Click here to view data from today's TeleTracking report.
  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 scdhec.gov/COVID-19. Visit scdmh.net for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.
  For the latest information related to COVID-19 visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19. Visit scdmh.net 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 person’s county of residence, as it is provided to the department. DHEC’s COVID-19 map will adjust to reflect any reclassified cases.