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Staff reports | Nearly 60% of adults and 75% of children have been infected with COVID-19, according to recent data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from an ongoing study of blood samples sent to commercial labs across the U.S.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) transitioned to weekly reporting of new COVID data last month. This week’s data is delayed due to testing of planned upgrades to the state’s data system, DHEC said in a statement. The most recent numbers were reported last Thursday.

According to the ongoing study, an estimated 34% of Americans had antibodies present in their blood at the beginning of December, suggesting the Omicron variant infected more than a quarter of the population. At the same time, the U.S. is likely to record its 1 millionth reported death due to COVID-19 in the next few weeks amid an uptick in cases and hospitalizations. Death rates are continuing to fall. 

Meanwhile, the former White House Coronavirus Response Task Force coordinator Deborah Birx released a warning that health officials in the U.S. should expect a surge in cases in the South this summer and in the North this winter. Birx during a TV appearance on Sunday pointed to a new rise in cases in South Africa as a model for what could soon be on its way. 

Latest COVID-19 data

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) transitioned to weekly reporting of new COVID data last month. This week’s data is delayed due to testing of planned upgrades to the state’s data system, DHEC said in a statement. The most recent numbers were reported last Thursday.

State health officials on Thursday reported 2,074 total new cases of COVID-19, with 1,288 confirmed, and two total new deaths, both of which were confirmed. As of April 23, 102 COVID-19-positive individuals are hospitalized, and five 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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