Experts warn of surge without stricter measures

President Joe Biden outlined a federal plan for combatting the highly contagious omicron variant Tuesday, but public health experts warned that the measures detailed wouldn’t be enough to stop a surge in infections and hospitalizations.

The Biden administration’s strategy includes doubling down on vaccination campaigns and giving aid to hospitals confronting a large influx of patients. But the plan explicitly rules out lockdowns and other harsh measures.

And in sharp contrast with advice given last year, Biden is encouraging people to gather and celebrate the holidays, as long as standard precautions, such as vaccination, are taken.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 1,323 total cases of COVID-19 Dec. 22, with 781 confirmed. A total of 16 new deaths were also reported, with 15 confirmed.

With 13,417 tests reported Wednesday, 9.2% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 64.5%
Percentage of of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 55.9%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 10.7%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 6.0%

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