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Staff reports | State health officials reported 11,030 new cases of Covid-19 between Jan. 1-7 — 549 more cases than the previous week. For the week ending Jan. 7, state officials reported 48 people died from Covid-19. 

Covid-19 cases increased following the holiday season, according to numbers from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The agency urges people to be diligent about using preventative measures to protect against infection as winter continues. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that all but two South Carolina counties are currently reporting high to medium levels of Covid-19 infections, Live 5 WCSC reported. The CDC’s community levels map indicates 21 counties in South Carolina have a high level of the virus, 23 counties have a medium level and two counties — Aiken and Barnwell — have a low level. The Medical University of South Carolina reported that 4% of its hospital beds were filled by people with Covid-19 in the past week, according to Live 5 News. 

Health officials recommend re-implementing social distancing measures as the newest omicron variant (XBB 1.5) is highly transmissible. Other preventive measures to protect against Covid-19 include wearing a mask, avoiding crowded indoor spaces and washing your hands. 

Latest COVID-19 data

As of Dec. 20, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) will no longer include data on ventilations and weekly trends due to a new system of tracking adopted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

SCDHEC transitioned to weekly reporting of new Covid data in December 2022. The most recent numbers were reported Tuesday and covered Dec. 11-17. In other data:

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 69.4%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 60.6%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 23.4%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 19.4%

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

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