The number of COVID-19 throughout South Carolina eclipsed 3,000 Friday, including three more positive cases in Laurens County.
The total number of confirmed cases statewide grew to 3,065, an increase of 274 cases from Thursday. Laurens County’s total increased from eight to 11. Laurens County is also estimated to have 16.3 cases per 100,000 in population, one of the lowest incidences of the novel coronavirus in the state.
DHEC also reported that the confirmed cases in Laurens County came from the following zip codes: 29645 (Gray Court 3, 29325 (Clinton) 4, 29360 (Laurens) 2, 29370 (Mountville) 1, Unknown 1.
Five more state residents died from the virus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 72. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported Friday that three of the patients were middle aged with underlying health conditions from Berkeley, Florence and Greenville counties. Two other elderly residents with underlying conditions from Greenville County also died.
Greenville County also had the highest increase from a day earlier with 54 new confirmed cases Friday.
Officials estimate more than 21,000 cases across the state, about 85% of which that have yet to be tested or identified.