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Omicron peaks in Charleston, MUSC says

Health experts with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) say data indicates the omicron surge may have peaked and began its decline in Charleston, although case counts and hospitalizations still remain high.

Charleston likely peaked Jan. 15, according to MUSC data, with 416 cases per day per 100,000 people. Since then, the case rate has fallen at a steady rate.

The news comes as vaccinations are becoming more widespread and common, with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine potentially getting approval for children under 5 by the end of February, and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine getting full approval for those age 18 and up.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 4,137 total new cases of COVID-19 Feb. 1, with 3,322 confirmed. A total of 28 new deaths, 26 of which were confirmed, were also reported.

With 18,512 tests reported Tuesday, 23.9% were positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 66.5%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 57.2%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 17.1%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 11.7%