SC surpasses 12,000 COVID-related deaths since start of pandemic

DHEC encourages everyone to get vaccinated as new variants spread across the U.S.
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 11:19 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - On Friday, the South Carolina Department for Health and Environmental Control reported 3,491 total cases (2,602 confirmed, 889 probable) along with 124 deaths (111 confirmed, 13 probable). Those numbers are accurate as of September 22.

As of Friday, DHEC reported a total of 12,080 COVID-19 related deaths. That total includes 10,498 deaths classified as “confirmed” and an additional 1,582 classified as “probable.”

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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.

Click the day below to see confirmed and probable cases by county:

DHEC is no longer giving a date of death for these reports, claiming it violates the privacy of the deceased because of the decrease of COVID-19 deaths across the state.

The agency has also 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 latest weekly death report, including counties and age ranges, for Sept. 12 to Sept. 18.

While new cases of COVID-19 were on the decline in South Carolina in June, cases have been on the rise since mid-July.


Hospitalizations in the state are also spiking, with dozens of new people getting hospitalized with COVID-19 each 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.

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

As of September 22, DHEC reported that of vaccine-eligible South Carolina residents:

  • 59.8% have received at least one vaccine -- 2,567,941 people
  • 51.2% are fully vaccinated -- 2,201,252 people

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 36,766 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 9.4% (not including antibody tests).


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.


As of Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 83.96% of inpatient beds in South Carolina are in use while 86.52% of ICU beds are in use.

There are 2,249 hospitalized patients who have COVID-19 which makes up 19.43% of inpatient beds in use for COVID-19, HHS reported. Of those patients, 542 are in the ICU. HHS is reporting that 39.81% of ICU beds are in use for COVID-19.

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, on Tuesdays.

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.

Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths Among Not Fully Vaccinated

On July 8, 2021, DHEC began reporting data about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status.

The agency will continue analyzing the data it has, and report results every two weeks to keep South Carolinians informed about the benefits and limitations of vaccinations.

As of September 15, following an initial analysis that revealed the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the first two weeks of June 2021 were among residents who were not fully vaccinated, DHEC identified similar results when looking at provisional data for the time frame of August 1-August 31.

That analysis shows:

Vaccination status and COVID-19 in South Carolina.
Vaccination status and COVID-19 in South Carolina.(DHEC)
  • From Aug. 1-Aug. 31, DHEC reported 122,746 cases among South Carolinians.
  • Among the 27,201 reported cases where we were able to determine vaccine status, 23,166 (85.2%) of cases were considered not fully vaccinated.
  • Among the 1,522 reported cases who were hospitalized with COVID and where we were able to determine vaccine status, 1,080 (71.0%) were considered not fully vaccinated.
  • Among the 611 reported deaths from COVID where vaccine status was able to be determined, 458 (75.0%) were considered not fully vaccinated.

Click here for more information on cases, hospitalizations and deaths among the not fully vaccinated


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.

As of September 22, there have been 1,576 reported cases of the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 in South Carolina. However, health officials say there are likely far more delta variant cases in the state. DHEC only sends a random sample of positive tests to scan for variants.


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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