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Staff reports  |  South Carolina may be only a few weeks away from new COVID cases being near zero, according to Dr. Michael Sweat, project leader of the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) COVID Epidemiology Intelligence Project. Moreover, he said he thinks it may stay that way for months. 

MUSC on Tuesday reported 79 new cases per 100,000 people in the Tri-county area, which is one fifth of a mid-January peak of well over 400 cases. That was the highest since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. 

The availability of antiviral drugs, vaccines and other treatments for the virus are also encouraging signs of the end of the current surge, Sweat said. But, he said, just because the numbers are encouraging, doesn’t mean folks should let their guards down just yet. 

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials on Wednesday reported 3,105 total new cases of COVID-19, with 1,713 confirmed. They also reported 32 new deaths, 17 of which were confirmed.

With 10,093 tests reported Wednesday, 30.4% were positive, almost double the positivity rate from the percentage reported yesterday.

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 66.7%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 57.4%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 17.6%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 12.8%

For more information, visit the S.C. DHEC COVID-19 dashboard.

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