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The number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina fell below 2,000 for the first time since Dec. 29, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. It’s the continuation of a downward trend of new infections since a mid-January peak.

The dropping case numbers come as the U.S. hit another bleak milestone:  More than 900,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020, according to data from the New York Times.

The Washington National Cathedral has observed each 100,000-death milestone by ringing its largest bell once for every 1,000 people who have died from the virus. Each toll is performed manually. For this milestone, the bell will toll for roughly 90 minutes. 

“It’s a double realization,” the Rev. Randy Hollerith told PBS reporters yesterday. “One mark on your pad is another thousand, another thousand, another thousand.”

Hollerith has rung the bell in more than one of these grim ceremonies. The bell’s tolling can be watched online. 

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials on Tuesday reported 2,373 total new cases of COVID-19, with 1,655 confirmed. They also reported 56 new deaths, 51 of which were confirmed.

With 11,808 tests reported Tuesday, 17.6% were positive. That’s more than a 6-point drop in the positivity rate from numbers released at the same time last week.

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 66.7%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 57.3%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 17.6%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 12.7%

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