Workers from Doctors Care, an urgent care center company, prepare to see patients at a coronavirus testing site at Rice Creek Elementary School in Columbia, S.C. in conjunction with the Medical University of South Carolina on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The preparation before patients arrive at the site include full body protective equipment and cleaning supplies at each testing “pod” to prevent cross contamination. (AP)

COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- The nearly two-month spike in coronavirus cases in South Carolina has leveled off, but the death toll is catching up.

South Carolina reported 1,573 new coronavirus cases Tuesday and confirmed 52 more deaths. Nearly 84,000 people have tested positive for the virus during the pandemic and the death toll has topped 1,500, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

It says 60 more likely coronavirus deaths are under investigation.

Since early June, South Carolina had been in the top four in the nation in the 14-day average of new cases adjusted for population. The 14-day average as of Tuesday was 467 new cases per 100,000 people.

Many local school districts are working on reopening plans that must be approved by the state. Schools must reopen by the day after Labor Day. Gov. Henry McMaster has asked for districts to offer class five days a week. State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman can approve or reject local plans.

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