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Staff reports | The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to loosen its indoor masking guidelines today, allowing for more people to go without face coverings in public indoor spaces, according to agency officials.

The agency recommends anyone living in areas with high transmission of COVID-19 should wear masks in public indoor spaces like gyms, movie theaters and churches under current guidelines. But as cases rapidly drop across the nation, currently averaging about 76,000 cases per day — a 66% drop from two weeks ago — many states have already begun easing back on COVID-19 restrictions. 

The new recommendations are expected to hinge on newly defined metrics of risk when it comes to the waning pandemic. Less emphasis will be placed on case counts and more given to hospitalizations, according to a New York Times report.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials on Friday reported 1,013 total new cases of COVID-19, with 613 confirmed, and 150 new deaths, with 108 confirmed.

With 12,282 tests reported Friday, 6.2% were positive, dipping to the lowest point this week.

  • 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: 58%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 18.3%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 14.1%

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