SC reports 577 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths Monday
DHEC encourages everyone to get vaccinated as new variants spread across the U.S.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Friday, the Department for Health and Environmental Control reported 351 new confirmed cases and 226 new probable cases of the virus. Those numbers are accurate as of July 17.
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.
Two new confirmed deaths were also reported on Monday.
DHEC said the “delay in the reporting of an individual’s death during this pandemic is often attributed to ensuring the death is accurately classified.”
Click or tap here to see confirmed and probable deaths by county.
While new cases of COVID-19 were on the decline in South Carolina in June, now cases are on the rise.
The number of COVID-19 cases remains low compared to the surge over the winter, but case counts are climbing.
An NBC News analysis found that as of July 7, the state saw a 55% jump over the previous 14 days.
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Health officials continue to urge all residents to get vaccinated against the virus.
A recent DHEC data review suggests people who are not fully vaccinated account for nearly all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.
Everyone over the age of 12 in South Carolina is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
As of July 17, DHEC reported that of vaccine-eligible South Carolina residents:
- 49.7% have received at least one vaccine -- 2,136,508 people
- 43.8% are fully vaccinated -- 1,883,472 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 6,305 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 7.5% (not including antibody tests).
DHEC encourages everyone who is out and about in the community to get tested routinely, at least each month.
As of Tuesday, July 13 DHEC says 74.34% of inpatient beds in South Carolina are in use while 68.27% of ICU beds are in use.
There are 192 hospitalized patients who have COVID-19 or are suspected of having it and awaiting a test, DHEC said. Of those patients, 53 are in the ICU.
DHEC is reporting 1,940 ventilators available in the state with 358 of them in use. COVID-19 patients account for 16 of those.
These numbers are now updated once a week, on Tuesdays.
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 54 reported cases of the highly-contagious 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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