Coronavirus updates: Greenville leads with new cases, SC sees 1,629 new cases, 19 deaths
This is a developing story that will be updated throughout the day with the latest news about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects in Upstate South Carolina.
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SC coronavirus map: A look at COVID-19 cases by county and zip code
DHEC reports 1,629 new coronavirus cases, 19 more deaths
South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 1,629 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 19 more confirmed deaths Thursday.
Greenville County led the state with 246 cases, followed by Charleston County with 244.
The agency reported 1,125 of the state's hospital beds are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are likely to have the virus.
There were 9,634 people tested for the virus on Wednesday, excluding antibody tests, with 16.9% testing positive, according to DHEC.
Anderson County School District 5 offering virtual option
Anderson County School District 5 will offer a virtual option for students in kindergarten through 12th grade next year.
Administrators with the district have asked parents who are interested in the program, called Anderson Five Virtual Academy, to fill out a survey on the district’s website by July 7.
Bob Jones University Announces Health Safety Protocols
Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced health and safety protocols Thursday for the fall semester.
The university is requiring physical distancing and face masks where necessary. BJU will provide a reusable cloth mask to all students.
“BJU is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide appropriate and up-to-date health and safety guidance for our faculty, staff and students as we look forward to our first day of classes on Tuesday, August 18,” Pettit said.
BJU is partnering with Prisma Health to introduce BJU Health Services which will include an electronic health assessment tool for students, faculty and staff to perform a daily health screening.
Unemployment claims slightly down from last week
In the claim week ending June 27, 16,959 people filed their initial claim for unemployment insurance. This is a decrease of 139 initial claims from the week prior.
In the last 15 weeks, the total number of initial claims has risen to 635,688 in South Carolina.
What to know Thursday
- Dr. Linda Bell announced 24 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, the highest daily tally since the coronavirus pandemic began. She also said a record-high 1,160 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in South Carolina.
- People under age 40 now account for more than half of the 36,297 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina. Cases in those between the ages of 21 and 30 have soared by 966% since early April, according to the state Department of Health of Environmental Control.
- Clemson businesses juggle mask mandates, health guidelines and sick employees during the slow summer.
- The town of Central passed an ordinance Tuesday night requiring face coverings in public. The ordinance is set to expire in 55 days, the same day that the city of Clemson's ordinance is set to end.
- Anderson residents are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks to slow spread of COVID-19 after Anderson City Council members approved a resolution Wednesday.