Sumter County, like the state overall, is continuing to see a decrease in new COVID-19 cases per day since a Memorial Day surge peaked in mid-July, but Sumterites continue to test positive at a higher rate than any other county in the state. The biggest week for new cases statewide has been July 12-18, during which DHEC reported more than 13,000 new cases. Last week's total puts the Palmetto State back to numbers mirroring the end of June. However, the state is still averaging five times as many cases and deaths now as June 1. According to DHEC's Wednesday update, Sumter County has had 2,392 residents test positive for the virus, and 44 have died.
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