What you need to know: Nearly 700 South Carolina long-term care facilities have been fined by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for failing to correctly report visitor logs during the pandemic. An October public-health order made it a requirement for assisted living homes to submit visitor logs every Monday by 5 p.m., but staffing shortages and COVID-19 outbreaks reportedly caused some facilities to fall behind.
As a result, DHEC has handed out $155,550 worth of fines in the last six months, and over 100 facilities have been fined more than once. Source: The State
Latest COVID-19 data
South Carolina health officials reported 403 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, with 28 confirmed deaths.
With 8,953 tests reported Wednesday, 6.6% were positive.
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 480,361 (+403)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 42,564 (+51)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,232 (+41)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 17,450 (+17)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,337 (+28)