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An estimated 73% of people in the United States are, for now, immune to the omicron variant of COVID-19, according to a report from Associated Press. While it isn’t full immunity to COVID, omicron has been the dominant variant for some time, meaning immunity to it will serve to prevent and shorten new illnesses and reduce the amount of the virus circulating overall. 

The numbers of immune people are expected to rise, as well, making new potential variants and more surges a less frightening prospect to health experts, according to the report. Many states are relaxing COVID precautions, and individuals are beginning to transition back to pre-pandemic lifestyles. 

But the coronavirus still remains a potential threat, health experts warn. It is still infecting more than 100,000 Americansand killing more than 2,000 daily. And despite the immunity, more than 20% of Americans — tens of millions of people — remain vulnerable. 

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials on Tuesday reported 737 total new cases of COVID-19, with 436 confirmed, and no new deaths

Over the holiday weekend, health officials confirmed 2,681 total new cases of COVID-19, with 957 confirmed Saturday, 1,035 confirmed Sunday, and 689 confirmed Monday. 

With 7,104 tests reported Tuesday, 7.2% were positive, keeping pace with reports from the last few weeks.

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 67.3%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 57.9%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 18.2%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 13.9%

For more information, visit the S.C. SCDHEC COVID-19 dashboard.