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Staff reports | Coronavirus cases are continuing to decline in South Carolina, but the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is reminding residents that now is not the time to let your guard down. 

As health experts continue to monitor the new dominant subvariant omicron BA.2, DHEC and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging people to continue to test for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms, and to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. The CDC is also beginning to recommend additional boosters for certain groups of people, especially the elderly. 

Meanwhile, the next record-breaking outbreak is ravaging England, as coronavirus infections are hitting an all-time high, with one in 13 thought to have had COVID in the most recent week, according to data from the Office for National Statistics. The latest figures also reveal that the number of coronavirus infections across the UK rose by about 650,000 compared with the week before, with 4,908,900 people estimated to have had Covid in the most recent week. Hospitalizations have remained level, with the hospital admission rate for COVID patients increasing to 19.48 per 100,000 people for the week ending March 27.

The figure surpasses the previous high at the beginning of 2022, when one in 15 were presumed to have had COVID. The surge is giving international health experts another case study for omicron BA.2, which is quickly taking hold in the United States. 

Latest COVID-19 data

Meanwhile, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) transitioned to weekly reporting of new COVID data this month, with today’s update being the most recent of reports including data taken from March 20-26.

South Carolina health officials on Tuesday reported 1,095 total new cases of COVID-19, with 650 confirmed, and 10 total new deaths, 8 of which were confirmed. As of March 26, 171 COVID-19-positive individuals are hospitalized, and 14 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: 66.8%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 57.7%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 19.8%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 16%

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