Omicron in 30 U.S. states, D.C.
Washington, D.C., health officials said Sunday they have confirmed four unrelated cases of the omicron variant; three of which were in people who had recently traveled within the United States. Omicron has now been detected in 30 states according to a Washington Post tally.
All four cases were in fully vaccinated individuals.
Omicron has been noted as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preliminary data suggests it may cause milder cases of covid-19 than the delta variant, but may be more resistant to antibodies received from previous infections.
A new Israeli study shows that booster shots from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine provide good protection against severe illness from the omicron variant.
Latest COVID-19 data
South Carolina health officials reported 817 total cases of COVID-19 Dec. 13, with 589 confirmed. A total of 2 new deaths, with 1 confirmed, were also reported.
Over the weekend, DHEC confirmed 1,456 new cases, with 712 confirmed Saturday, and 744 confirmed Sunday. A total of 16 new deaths were also confirmed over the weekend, with 9 deaths confirmed Saturday, and 7 confirmed Sunday.
With 16,917 tests reported Monday, 4.9% were confirmed positive.
Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 64.0%
Percentage of of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 55.6%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 9.6%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 4.7%