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Staff reports | The highly transmissible and dominant BA.2 variant of COVID-19, also known as “stealth omicron,” is responsible for more than 85% of newly reported cases, up from 7% at the end of February, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Meanwhile, South Carolina officials today are reporting 1,071 total new cases of COVID-19, with 711 confirmed, and five total new deaths for the week ending April 9.

Nationally, the subvariant is considered more transmissible than the original strain of omicron that caused a record surge in the U.S., but experts say high levels of natural immunity in the wake of the original omicron surge should prevent another spike caused by the subvariant. But cases are increasing in parts of the U.S., and health officials are predicting a fall coronavirus outbreak, according to CNN.

Hospitalizations and deaths are not showing signs of substantial increases yet, but this data tend to lag behind new cases. Leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said U.S. officials are watching the situation “very carefully,” adding CDC guidance said the country may need to revert back to pandemic-era restrictions if there is an uptick, particularly in hospitalizations. 

With at-home testing results going unreported, hospitalizations are the primary metric to measure the ongoing pandemic’s severity. 

Latest COVID-19 data

In South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) transitioned to weekly reporting of new COVID data last month, with today’s update being the most recent of reports including data taken from April 3-9.

State health officials on Tuesday reported 1,071 total new cases of COVID-19, with 711 confirmed, and five total new deaths, three of which were confirmed. As of April 9, 108 COVID-19-positive individuals are hospitalized, and 10 COVID-19-positive individuals are ventilated.

No positivity rate was reported by DHEC.

  • 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: 58%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 20.2%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 16.4%

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

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