Covid Sept. 17

660 County COVID
Cases, 18 Deaths

  Saluda County’s COVID-19  cases have risen to 660, with 18  deaths.
  The latest DHEC report says the county has had 3876 tests and 36 hospitalizations. The county is classified as high incidence with a rate of 508 cases per 100,000.
  Counties neighboring Saluda had the following case totals: Aiken - 2511;  Edgefield - 519;  Greenwood - 2023; Lexington - 6391; Newberry -1043.
   Sun., Sept. 13, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 515 new confirmed cases and 7 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 24 additional confirmed deaths and no new probable deaths.
  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 129,484, probable cases to 2,380, confirmed deaths to 2,915, and 149 probable deaths.
  Who Should Get Tested?
  If you are out and about in the community, around others, or not able to socially distance or wear a mask, we recommend that you get tested at least once a month.
  Routine testing allows public health workers to diagnose those who are asymptomatic and interrupt the ongoing spread of the virus. Learn more about who should get tested here.
  More than 530 Testing Opportunities Available Statewide
  Testing for COVID-19 is essential because it helps identify people who are infected with the virus, whether or not they have symptoms.
  DHEC is working with community partners to set up mobile testing clinics and make testing available in communities across the state. Currently, there are 302 mobile testing events scheduled through October 29 and there are 233 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Find a testing clinic or event near you at
  Testing in South Carolina
  As of yesterday, a total of 1,138,860 tests have been conducted in the state. See a detailed breakdown of tests in South Carolina on the Data and Projections webpage. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week, and the Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.
  Percent Positive
  The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC yesterday statewide was 5,482 (not including antibody tests) and the percent positive was 9.4%.
  Hospital Bed Occupancy
  Hospitals report their information each day to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by way of TeleTracking, and that same reporting is also provided to DHEC. Click here to view data from today's TeleTracking report.
  COVID-19 Information
  For the latest information related to COVID-19 visit Visit for stress, anxiety and mental health resources from the S.C. Department of Mental Health.

SHS Football
Attendance Guidelines

  Guidelines for attending home and away football games for the 2A defending state champion Saluda High Tigers will be shared in the near future, SHS Athletic Director Jeanette Wilder said.
  Due to COVID requirements pertaining to capacity, the district will not be selling employee passes and fall passes. Also, fall athletes will not be allowed in for free and stu-dent discount tickets will not be offered in volleyball this fall.
  If guidelines change, we will make adjustments for winter and spring sports. Thank you for your understanding.
  Home volleyball ticket prices are $5.00 for kindergarten and older.
  Home varsity football tickets are $7.00 for kindergarten and older.
  Home JV and SMS football tickets are $5.00 for kindergarten and older.
  There is no charge for tennis. All cross country meets are away.
  September 17th  there will be a football scrmmage  vs. Union at the stadium at 6:00 pm.  Spectators allowed, but face coverings and social distancing required on site.
  For futher information, check the website.