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Editor’s note: Due to the Christmas holiday, state health officials will not be reporting new COVID-19 figures until Dec. 29.

U.S. cases pass summer peak

The United States logged a seven-day average coronavirus case count of 168,981 on Wednesday, according to data reported by The Washington Post. The numbers come during a nationwide spike driven partly by the omicron variant, with the average surpassing a summer peak of just over 165,000 infections on Sept. 1.

The latest surge is the second-largest wave of the pandemic so far, behind a spike in infections in Nov. 2020-Jan. 2021, with the seven-day rolling average peaking at 248,209 cases.

National figures coincide with a rise in case numbers in South Carolina, reported by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). More than 2,000 cases were reported Dec. 23, with the percentage of positive test results passing 10% for the first time since the last surge led by the delta variant.

Note: DHEC will not be releasing data Dec. 24-Dec. 28 for the holidays. Data from Dec. 22-Dec. 27 will be reported together on Dec. 29.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 2,220 total cases of COVID-19 Dec. 23, with 1,466 confirmed. A total of 23 new deaths were also reported, with 14 confirmed.

With 15,694 tests reported Thursday, 11.1% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 64.6%
Percentage of of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 56.0%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 11.1%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 6.3%