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141 new cases of COVID-19 in SC Sunday ahead of Gov. McMaster's plans to lift Home or Work order

There are over 11,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. While that sounds alarming, the percentage of positive tests is actually going down.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At WCNC Charlotte, we are focusing our coronavirus coverage on facts, not fear.  We aim to give our viewers the information they need from officials to best protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

For updates from Saturday, May 2, click here.

Key Facts:

Mecklenburg County announces one additional coronavirus-related death

Mecklenburg County has 1,717 confirmed COVID-19 cases countywide with 51 deaths related to the virus. That's up 37 cases and one death from Saturday's total count. 

Saturday, Mecklenburg County had no new coronavirus-related deaths to report.

 

South Carolina DHEC announces 141 new cases of COVID-19

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 141 new cases of COVID-19 as well as 8 additional deaths. It brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 6,626 and those who have died to 275.

Those who died were elderly individuals from Berkeley (1), Clarendon (1), Greenville (1), Horry (1), Lexington (1), Richland (2), and Spartanburg (1) counties. 

Here's a breakdown of the newly announced cases in South Carolina by county: 

Abbeville (2), Aiken (3), Allendale (1), Anderson (2), Barnwell (1), Berkeley (1), Charleston (2), Chester (2), Clarendon (11), Darlington (5), Dillon (5), Dorchester (1), Edgefield (1), Fairfield (26), Florence (7), Georgetown (1), Greenville (9), Greenwood (2), Horry (3), Kershaw (2), Lancaster (1), Lexington (9), Marlboro (1), Newberry (2), Oconee (1), Orangeburg (6), Richland (18), Saluda (3), Spartanburg (6), Sumter (3), Williamsburg (2), York (2)

As of Sunday morning, 5,016 hospital beds are available and 6,389 are being utilized — that's a 56% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. 

Of the beds being used, 310 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

Several SC state parks close early after reaching capacity

Several state parks across the Palmetto State had to close early on Sunday after they reached capacity. 

The state's park agency announced on social media that a group of parks at lakes and mountains in the Upstate and near the beaches along the coast closed to visitors before noon. There was a chance the parks could reopen later in the day, but rangers said a safe capacity would have to be reached.

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NCDHHS announces 115 new cases of COVID-19

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 11,664 cases of COVID-19 in 99 counties, 115 additional cases from Saturday. Avery County is now the only county in North Carolina that does not have any confirmed coronavirus cases.

Health officials reported two new deaths related to COVID-19 since Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 422.

Credit: NCDHHS

SC Gov. McMaster declares Sunday a 'statewide day of prayer'

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared May 3, 2020, a statewide day of prayer, encouraging South Carolinians to "join together in prayer to God, acknowledging our shortcomings, asking for His protection, and giving thanks for the divine bounty He bestows upon us."

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