South Carolina on Friday reported its third highest day by day COVID-19 circumstances depend because the pandemic started in March 2020.
The state added 6,697 new circumstances, in keeping with the state’s Division of Well being and Environmental Management. Of these new circumstances, no less than 2,047 have been labeled “possible” moderately than confirmed, bringing the overall variety of coronavirus circumstances to greater than 714,000.
The one greater case depend days are Jan. 6 —when the state reported 7,680 new circumstances — and Jan. 8 — when the state reported 7,450, in keeping with DHEC’s web site.
The state hasn’t seen fewer than 1,000 circumstances on any day since July 24.
“The development goes within the incorrect path,” the company stated in a information launch.
DHEC additionally reported 39 extra deaths, only a day after reporting its most deaths on a single day in six months. The statewide loss of life toll is 10,452.
At the very least 41,931 COVID-19 checks have been carried out across the state for the brand new circumstances, with 14.3% coming again constructive. % constructive refers back to the variety of constructive COVID-19 checks in relation to all COVID-19 checks carried out.
At the very least 53.1% of the circumstances reported have been individuals aged 30 and underneath.
Youngsters 10 and youthful made up 15% of the brand new circumstances, whereas 22.7% of the circumstances have been attributed to individuals between the ages of 11 and 20.
When the pandemic was first beginning out in South Carolina throughout March and April 2020, just one.6% of kids ages 10 and underneath have been testing constructive, whereas simply 5.5% of these between the age of 11 and 20 contracted COVID-19. On the top of the pandemic between the months of December and February, solely 5.8% of constructive circumstances have been youngsters 10 and underneath.
“The reviews inform us that extra younger persons are getting COVID-19, extra are requiring hospitalization, and extra are being placed on ventilators than at any time within the pandemic, and the varsity yr has solely simply begun,” the company stated in its launch.
The extremely contagious delta variant is probably going accountable for almost all of latest COVID-19 circumstances in South Carolina, in keeping with state well being officers. The precise variety of delta circumstances is unknown as a result of solely a fraction of confirmed circumstances endure genome sequencing, the method to find out the variant.
At the very least 77 deaths— lower than 1% — of all COVID-related deaths as of Aug. 20 have been from “breakthrough” circumstances, which means the individual was absolutely vaccinated. The vast majority of deaths — 65% — are individuals ages 71 and up. And about 65% of those that died had comorbid circumstances.
Well being officers suggest sporting a face masks and getting the coronavirus vaccine to assist restrict the unfold of the virus. South Carolina presently has a 47.1% vaccination fee, one of many lowest within the nation.
“We have now to pay shut consideration to what these numbers are telling us concerning the virus’ conduct and perceive the chance we’re going through,” stated DHEC Director Ed Simmer. “With out a corresponding surge in vaccinations to satisfy this problem and common indoor masking in public locations, my concern is that extra grim milestones are forward.