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Staff reports | The U.S. is nearing 1 million COVID-19 deaths, a record that is likely undercounted as it is, due to missed early infections and the advent of at-home testing in the last few months. 

Data from the months since vaccination was made broadly available in the nation has consistently shown those who are vaccinated are far less likely to come down with serious cases of COVID-19, according to a report by The Washington Post. And a new analysis from the Peterson Center on Healthcare and Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) quantifies the effects of vaccination, estimating that more than 234,000 unvaccinated Americans died who could have lived had they had their vaccine. 

This was particularly true during the Delta surge in late 2021, most of the deaths each month could have been prevented with vaccination, according to an analysis by Peterson and KFF. 

“Given that well over half of deaths during the pandemic occurred before that point, it’s remarkable that just shy of a quarter of the total pandemic death toll in the United States was probably preventable,” reads a report by The Washington Post.

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 Tuesday’s update being the most recent of reports including data taken from April 10-16.

State health officials on Tuesday reported 1,521 total new cases of COVID-19, with 996 confirmed, and seven total new deaths, six of which were confirmed. As of April 18, 90 COVID-19-positive individuals are hospitalized, and nine 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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