COVID-19 on the rise in Oconee County

COVID-19 continues its hold on Oconee County and elsewhere.  The latest numbers from the state health agency show two new Oconee County deaths and a total of 40 virus deaths among Oconeeans since the pandemic began.  The latest county deaths are a middle aged person on Tuesday and an elderly resident on Friday.  The state on Saturday saw an additional 1,530 cases, including 48 from Oconee County.  Statewide, 26 deaths were recorded Saturday–making the statewide total 3,974.  In a follow-up to DHEC’s announcement Friday that, starting November 27, data will be switched to a 24-hour delay to allow better analysis before the data are publicly reported, the health agency made this statement today:  “This transition in no way affects the agency’s efforts to protect public health and limit disease spread.  Case investigators will continue to attempt contact with all positive cases within 24 hours of our notification of their positive result.”