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Staff reports  | The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working on revised guidance for state leaders as the omicron variant continues to recede and states loosen their own restrictions and policies, according to a recent New York Times report. 

“Things are moving in the right direction, but we want to remain vigilant to do all we can, so that this trajectory continues,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in the report. “We want to give people a break from things like mask wearing when these metrics are better and then have the ability to reach for them again.”

She said new guidance would be based on factors including hospital capacity, new case numbers, positivity rates and more. The update comes as South Carolina health experts showed their optimism at a Wednesday status report, with doctors saying cases are on a “rapid decline.” 

Doctors also said testing rates are dropping, crediting the non-reportable, at-home testing that has become widely available.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials on Wednesday reported 1,977 total new cases of COVID-19, with 1,190 confirmed, and 114 new deaths, with 76 confirmed.

With 12,359 tests reported Thursday, 12.4% were positive, keeping pace with reports from the last few weeks.

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 67.1%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 57.7%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 18%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 13.5%

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

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