SC reports 2,203 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Friday
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 1,392 new confirmed cases and 811 new probable cases of the virus. Those numbers are accurate as of July 29.
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 reported two new confirmed deaths and no new probable deaths. Deaths reported Friday happened in Lexington and Williamsburg counties.
The agency has stopped sharing the age range of those who have died from COVID-19 each day, but they are putting out weekly reports with that information on Tuesdays.
Click or tap here to see the weekly death report, including counties and age ranges, for July 18 to July 24.
While new cases of COVID-19 were on the decline in South Carolina in June, cases have been on the rise since mid-July.
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.
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Hospitalizations in the state are also spiking, with dozens of new people getting hospitalized with COVID-19 each day. However, the total number of people hospitalized with COVID is still about a third of the total number of hospitalizations back in December and January.
One positive indicator is that new COVID-19 deaths are relatively low compared to the winter surge of the virus, when it was not uncommon to report 30+ deaths in one day.
“While deaths due to COVID-19 are declining because of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines that are available, cases and hospitalizations are currently rising in South Carolina, as in many other states, because large numbers of the population remain unvaccinated,” DHEC officials wrote on the agency’s website. “We urge all South Carolinians to protect themselves and others by getting their COVID-19 vaccines if they haven’t already. Vaccines are how we end the COVID-19 pandemic once and for all.”
A recent DHEC data review suggests people who are not fully vaccinated account for nearly all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.
Vaccines are readily available across the state.
Everyone over the age of 12 in South Carolina is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
As of July 28, DHEC reported that of vaccine-eligible South Carolina residents:
- 51.0% have received at least one vaccine -- 2,191,201 people
- 44.5% are fully vaccinated -- 1,912,983 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 14,761 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 12.5% (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 Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 80.59% of inpatient beds in South Carolina are in use while 73.69% of ICU beds are in use.
There are 602 hospitalized patients who have COVID-19, HHS reported. Of those patients, 160 are in the ICU.
As of Tuesday, DHEC reported 1,923 ventilators available in the state with 383 of them in use. COVID-19 patients account for 49 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. Ventilator numbers will be updated weekly.
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 140 reported cases of the highly-contagious delta variant of COVID-19 in South Carolina. However, health officials say they are likely far more delta variant cases in the state. DHEC only sends a random sample of positive tests to scan for variants.
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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