SC stories three,599 COVID 19 circumstances, 49 deaths Wednesday


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South Carolina’s well being officers Wednesday reported three,599 new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and 49 deaths from the virus.

It’s the second-most coronavirus circumstances the state has ever reported in a day and essentially the most deaths reported in a single day since early September.

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The state Division of Well being and Environmental Management has now reported greater than three,000 circumstances 4 occasions this month and no less than 2,000 every day circumstances for 20 of the final 21 days.

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Previous to the latest spike in circumstances, South Carolina had reported 2,000 or extra every day circumstances solely 3 times, and by no means on consecutive days.

Practically one-quarter of the 261,024 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances in South Carolina since March have been recorded within the final 30 days, knowledge present.

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Of these South Carolinians contaminated, 667 have died from coronavirus problems throughout that span, bringing South Carolina’s cumulative demise toll to four,651, based on DHEC

The state counts an extra 21,206 circumstances, together with 104 Wednesday as possible positives, and an extra 377 deaths, together with three Wednesday, as possible COVID-19 deaths.

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DHEC defines a possible case as somebody who has had a optimistic antigen test or has virus signs and is at excessive threat for an infection. Possible deaths are ones the place the demise certificates lists COVID-19 as the reason for or a contributing issue to demise, however the particular person was not examined for the virus.

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State well being officers stated 22% of the 16,330 assessments reported Wednesday got here again optimistic.

The state’s seven-day COVID-19 positivity fee, which gives an concept of how widespread an infection is in a testing space, is greater than it’s ever been.

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Elevated % optimistic charges point out extra persons are more likely to be contaminated with COVID-19 locally who haven’t but been examined and that testing could should be ramped up.

The World Well being Group earlier this yr suggested governments to not reopen till % optimistic charges have been at 5% or decrease for no less than 14 days.

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Roughly 15% of all COVID-19 assessments administered in South Carolina since March have come again optimistic, based on DHEC. The state’s 7-day % optimistic fee briefly dipped beneath 5% in mid-Could, however has in any other case remained properly above the WHO’s tips for reopening.

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Practically 43,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in South Carolina final week and an extra 30,225 doses are anticipated this week, based on DHEC.

As of Tuesday afternoon, practically 20,000 South Carolinians, primarily frontline well being care staff, had obtained doses, the company stated.

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Residents and employees of long-term care amenities, who’re being vaccinated completely with the Moderna vaccine, should start receiving their first doses next week, according to DHEC.

Others who’re at elevated threat of contracting the virus or are at excessive threat of experiencing extreme problems from will probably be prioritized for vaccination over the following a number of months.

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Within the meantime, state well being officers have suggested South Carolinians to proceed taking measures to mitigate unfold of COVID-19 comparable to carrying masks, avoiding group gatherings and practising bodily distancing.

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DHEC urges anybody who’s symptomatic or who has been uncovered to somebody with COVID-19 to get examined themselves, and recommends routine month-to-month testing for anybody who’s out and about locally, even when they’re asymptomatic.

To discover a testing location close to you, go to DHEC’s web site at scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-locations.

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Zak Koeske is a state authorities and politics reporter for The State. Earlier than becoming a member of The State in 2020, Zak lined schooling, authorities and policing points within the Chicago space. He’s additionally written for publications in his native Pittsburgh and the New York/New Jersey space.

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