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SC reports 158 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths Friday

DHEC encourages everyone to get vaccinated as new variants spread across the U.S.
Published: Jun. 25, 2021 at 4:08 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Friday, the Department for Health and Environmental Control reported 88 new confirmed cases and 70 new probable cases of the virus. Those numbers are accurate as of June 23.

The difference between confirmed and probable cases is based on the type of test a person receives. Probable cases are treated as confirmed cases by doctors, DHEC says.

To see confirmed and probable cases by county, click or tap here.

DHEC also announced 13 new confirmed deaths and two probable deaths.

Of the deaths reported Friday, four people were middle-aged (35 to 64 years old and nine were elderly.

One of the deaths dates back to September 2020, one happened back in April and two more happened in May, DHEC reported. The rest of the deaths happened in June.

To see confirmed and probable deaths reported today by county, click or tap here.

While DHEC is reassured by a downward trend in cases and deaths, officials said the Delta variant has been classified as a “Variant of Concern” by the CDC.

The Delta variant “carries a higher rate of transmission and a greater chance of severe disease than other COVID-19 variants,” DHEC officials said Wednesday.

For now, four cases of the variant have been reported across the state -- but DHEC said testing for the variant has not been widespread yet, meaning “there are likely other undetected cases of the variant.” To see where variants have been identified, check out the “Tracking MIS-C and Virus Variants” section further down in this article.

Public Health Director Dr. Brannon Traxler said the Delta variant can be dangerous for younger people.

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“Only 17,000 South Carolinians age 20-24 have received at least one shot, which is by far the lowest vaccination number for any eligible age group in the state. We need to change that,” Traxler said. “The Delta variant especially can be dangerous even for this age group. In addition, unvaccinated young adults could carry the variant and pass it to their parents, grandparents, and other vulnerable people in our communities.”

The best way to protect against the Delta variant, and any other COVID-19 variant, is vaccination, Traxler said.

“We understand COVID-19 vaccination comes with questions and concerns,” the doctor said. “We strongly urge all eligible folks to become educated with science-based, accurate facts and to make the decision to get these life-saving doses.”

COVID-19 VACCINES

Everyone over the age of 12 in South Carolina is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Get more details and make an appointment by clicking or tapping here.

As of June 23, DHEC reported that of vaccine-eligible South Carolina residents:

  • 47.9% have received at least one vaccine -- 2,056,646 people
  • 41.3% are fully vaccinated -- 1,773,635 people
TRACKING PERCENT POSITIVE

Percent positive refers to the number of people who test positive for COVID-19 in relation to the number of tests being performed.

DHEC says the percent positive from the 9,454 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 2.6% (not including antibody tests).

COVID-19 TESTING

DHEC encourages everyone who is out and about in the community to get tested routinely, at least each month.

Find testing locations by clicking or tapping here.

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS

As of Friday, DHEC says 79.03% of inpatient beds in South Carolina are in use while 687.73% of ICU beds are in use.

There are 130 hospitalized patients who have COVID-19 or are suspected of having it and awaiting a test, DHEC said. Of those patients, 33 are in the ICU.

DHEC is reporting 1,945 ventilators available in the state with 396 of them in use. COVID-19 patients account for 16 of those.

Click here for more information on hospital bed occupancy by county.

For information on nursing homes and long-term care facilities impacted by the virus, click or tap here.

TRACKING MIS-C AND VIRUS VARIANTS

DHEC has a dashboard that shows the number of cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 in South Carolina.

It also shows how many cases of different variants have been found in the state, by type.

To date, there have been four reported cases of the delta variant of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

KEY INDICATORS OF COVID-19 IN SC

Below is DHEC’s Key Indicators dashboard. It’s meant to give an “at-a-glance view” of important data points used to measure the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

It shows trends in cases, testing, deaths, hospitalizations, and more.

DHEC says all of these factors need to be considered when evaluating the spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

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