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State health officials are reporting five deaths and 10,654 total new cases of Covid-19 over the last week, an increase of more than 900 new cases compared to the previous week. As of June 28, there were 277 people who were hospitalized with Covid, 12 of whom were on ventilators. A week earlier there were 240 people hospitalized, seven of whom were on ventilators, state officials said.

Scientists advise it’s time to update vaccines

Outside experts advised the Food and Drug administration Tuesday that it’s necessary to update vaccines for optimal protection against the coronavirus variants that are currently spreading the pandemic, according to The Washington Post. The FDA is slated to make a final decision in the coming days. 

Despite a 19-2 vote by an independent advisory panel to endorse an updated omicron vaccine, independent scientists and physicians expressed exasperation at the pressing need to make a quick decision with limited data as fall approaches. 

According to the story, an October deadline to roll out a new vaccine depends on companies having several months for vaccine manufacturing. 

Latest COVID-19 data

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) transitioned to weekly reporting of new Covid data in March. The most recent numbers were reported Tuesday and covered June 19-June 25.

State health officials yesterday reported 10,654 total new cases of Covid-19 — compared to last week’s 9,726 — and five total new deaths, compared to last week’s two. As of June 28, 277 Covid-19-positive individuals were hospitalized, and 12 were on ventilators.  No positivity rate was reported by DHEC.

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 67.9%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 59.1%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 21.3%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 17.6%

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

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