Health officials announced another 1,554 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the cumulative statewide total to 400,472. The latest numbers, which include another 32 deaths from the illness, are lower than Monday’s announcement of over 2,000 COVID-19 cases.
Tuesday also saw a significantly lower percent of positive COVID-19 cases than yesterday. Out of 25,112 tests results, only 8.8% were positive, compared to Monday’s 21.6% positive out of 9,870 tests. Charleston County now sits at 33,254 cases of COVID-19.
Also on Tuesday, the state Senate Medical Affairs Committee advanced the nomination of Dr. Edward Simmer to head the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. Since June, the state has only had an interim DHEC leader.
The full Senate is expected to confirm the 56-year-old former Navy doctor.