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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. 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%