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SC health officials report most hospitalizations, highest percent positivity rate since pandemic began

DHEC reported a 31.4 percent positivity rate with 2,001 people hospitalized with the virus.

There are more people in South Carolina hospitalized from COVID-19 than there have been since the pandemic began, and the seven-day average of the percent of positive tests is the highest it has been, according to data released Wednesday from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).DHEC reported a 31.4 percent positivity rate with 2,001 people hospitalized with the virus. Over the last week, more than 25% of test results have been positive.Of the 42 new confirmed deaths reported, 27 are in Upstate counties and 16 in Spartanburg County.DHEC also announced Wednesday that the statewide vaccination percentage per doses received by the federal government is at 31%, which is above the national average of 19% and nearly double that of other southeastern states. “We continue to successfully roll out our state’s carefully crafted statewide vaccination plan and the number of Phase 1A individuals who can currently receive the vaccine is increasing each week,” said Dr. Linda Bell, South Carolina State Epidemiologist. “Our overarching goal is to prevent further loss of life to this deadly virus, and with our state’s irreplaceable front-line medical workers and vulnerable nursing home and long-term care facility residents and staff receiving vaccine, we are well on our way to meeting that goal.”DHEC reports that based on current dashboards and reports, the utilization rates (doses administered and doses allocated and/or shipped of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine) indicates: South Carolina: 35,158/112,125 (31%) North Carolina 63,500/323,125 (20%) Georgia: 52,242/372,900 (14%) Alabama: 20,354/128,175 (16%) Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Data Tracker, the national vaccine administration percentage, based on doses distributed and first doses administered, is currently 19%. Bell is reminding South Carolinians that while more vaccines continue to arrive in the state, doses are limited in South Carolina like in all states. She also encourages everyone to remain patient and to follow the guidance of public health officials.“It will be an unknown amount of time before everyone who would like to be vaccinated can receive vaccine,” Bell said. “We are calling on all South Carolinians to continue to be patient and understand that an endeavor like this will take many weeks to complete the initial phases and months to achieve our ultimate goal of coverage for the population. When it’s my turn, I’ll be among the first in line waiting to receive the vaccine, but until then, I’ll continue to take the daily actions that protect myself, my loved ones and my community. It is incumbent upon each of us to wear our masks, stay physically distanced, get tested regularly and stay home if we’re ill with any symptoms.”As residents across South Carolina prepare to celebrate the new year, Bell warned of potential increases in COVID-19 cases and urged everyone to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying home: “I think it’s fair to say that many of us are looking forward to leaving 2020 – the year that has taken so much from so many of us – behind. But I join public health officials across the country and world in warning that New Year’s Eve celebrations could prove to be devastating. The safest way to celebrate, as it has been throughout this holiday season, is to stay home. In a year that has been full of sadness, loss and frustration, we can’t give up now. We must carry our vigilance into 2021.” South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 30, 2020) Today’s cases and deaths (scdhec.gov/COVID19) New confirmed/probable total cases: 2,323/87 Summary click here New confirmed/probable total deaths: 42/9 Summary click here Cumulative totals (scdhec.gov/COVID19)Confirmed and probable cases: 280,024/23,451 Confirmed and probable deaths: 4,846/403 Tests performed for South Carolinians: 3,630,067Testing opportunities (scdhec.gov/findatest)Testing opportunities available statewide: 306Percent positive (scdhec.gov/COVID19dashboard)7,391 new individual test results reported statewide (not including antibody tests) 31.4% positiveFacility reportsHospital data (daily): scdhec.gov/COVID19hospitals Extended care facility data (Tuesdays and Fridays): scdhec.gov/nursinghomedata Assisted living visitation status (Tuesdays): scdhec.gov/nursinghomedata Private, public, and charter schools (Tuesdays and Fridays): scdhec.gov/schoolsThe information above as well as extensive reporting on county-level information, demographics, and more is available at scdhec.gov/COVID19.The website is updated between 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. weekends. Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccinefor the latest vaccine information.Additional information and resourcesscemd.org scdmh.net accelerate.sc.gov

There are more people in South Carolina hospitalized from COVID-19 than there have been since the pandemic began, and the seven-day average of the percent of positive tests is the highest it has been, according to data released Wednesday from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

DHEC reported a 31.4 percent positivity rate with 2,001 people hospitalized with the virus.

Over the last week, more than 25% of test results have been positive.

Of the 42 new confirmed deaths reported, 27 are in Upstate counties and 16 in Spartanburg County.

DHEC also announced Wednesday that the statewide vaccination percentage per doses received by the federal government is at 31%, which is above the national average of 19% and nearly double that of other southeastern states.

“We continue to successfully roll out our state’s carefully crafted statewide vaccination plan and the number of Phase 1A individuals who can currently receive the vaccine is increasing each week,” said Dr. Linda Bell, South Carolina State Epidemiologist. “Our overarching goal is to prevent further loss of life to this deadly virus, and with our state’s irreplaceable front-line medical workers and vulnerable nursing home and long-term care facility residents and staff receiving vaccine, we are well on our way to meeting that goal.”

DHEC reports that based on current dashboards and reports, the utilization rates (doses administered and doses allocated and/or shipped of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine) indicates:

  • South Carolina: 35,158/112,125 (31%)
  • North Carolina 63,500/323,125 (20%)
  • Georgia: 52,242/372,900 (14%)
  • Alabama: 20,354/128,175 (16%)

Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Data Tracker, the national vaccine administration percentage, based on doses distributed and first doses administered, is currently 19%.

Bell is reminding South Carolinians that while more vaccines continue to arrive in the state, doses are limited in South Carolina like in all states. She also encourages everyone to remain patient and to follow the guidance of public health officials.

“It will be an unknown amount of time before everyone who would like to be vaccinated can receive vaccine,” Bell said. “We are calling on all South Carolinians to continue to be patient and understand that an endeavor like this will take many weeks to complete the initial phases and months to achieve our ultimate goal of coverage for the population. When it’s my turn, I’ll be among the first in line waiting to receive the vaccine, but until then, I’ll continue to take the daily actions that protect myself, my loved ones and my community. It is incumbent upon each of us to wear our masks, stay physically distanced, get tested regularly and stay home if we’re ill with any symptoms.”

As residents across South Carolina prepare to celebrate the new year, Bell warned of potential increases in COVID-19 cases and urged everyone to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying home:

“I think it’s fair to say that many of us are looking forward to leaving 2020 – the year that has taken so much from so many of us – behind. But I join public health officials across the country and world in warning that New Year’s Eve celebrations could prove to be devastating. The safest way to celebrate, as it has been throughout this holiday season, is to stay home. In a year that has been full of sadness, loss and frustration, we can’t give up now. We must carry our vigilance into 2021.”

South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 30, 2020)

Today’s cases and deaths (scdhec.gov/COVID19)

Cumulative totals (scdhec.gov/COVID19)

  • Confirmed and probable cases: 280,024/23,451
  • Confirmed and probable deaths: 4,846/403
  • Tests performed for South Carolinians: 3,630,067

Testing opportunities (scdhec.gov/findatest)

  • Testing opportunities available statewide: 306

Percent positive (scdhec.gov/COVID19dashboard)

  • 7,391 new individual test results reported statewide (not including antibody tests)
  • 31.4% positive

Facility reports

The information above as well as extensive reporting on county-level information, demographics, and more is available at scdhec.gov/COVID19.The website is updated between 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. weekends. Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccinefor the latest vaccine information.

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