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More than 900 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday as SC’s surge continues

DHEC encourages everyone to get vaccinated as new variants spread across the U.S.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 4:04 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 4:33 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Thursday, the Department for Health and Environmental Control reported 474 new confirmed cases and 455 new probable cases of the virus. Those numbers are accurate as of July 20.

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 reported seven new confirmed deaths Thursday.

The agency has stopped sharing the age range of those who have died from COVID-19, but all the deaths happened within the past week.

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 -- hitting levels not seen in South Carolina since before the vaccine was readily-available.

DHEC leaders have repeatedly said the vast majority of those hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

Other factors are contributing, including the presence of the delta variant in South Carolina.

THE LATEST

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.

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 July 20, DHEC reported that of vaccine-eligible South Carolina residents:

  • 50% have received at least one vaccine -- 2,147,032 people
  • 44% are fully vaccinated -- 1,890,941 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 6,153 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 10.8% (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 Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 79.55% of inpatient beds in South Carolina are in use while 72.59% of ICU beds are in use.

There are 328 hospitalized patients who have COVID-19, HHS reported. Of those patients, 92 are in the ICU.

As of Tuesday, DHEC reported 1,925 ventilators available in the state with 351 of them in use. COVID-19 patients account for 26 of those.

NOTE: DHEC is now only updating its hospitalization dashboard once a week, which is why WIS is now relying on HHS data for a daily report on hospitalizations.

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 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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