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U.S. health officials ask COVID-positive hospital staff stay on the job

Health authorities across the United States are taking increasing steps toward allowing nurses and other health workers infected with the coronavirus to stay on the job if they have mild symptoms or none at all in order to combat severe hospital staffing shortages and growing backlogs stemming from the omicron surge.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month said health care workers with no symptoms can return to work after seven days with a negative test, but that the isolation time can be cut further if there are staffing shortages. And specific health centers in California, Arizona, Florida and more are taking it a step further, allowing any employee who “feels well enough to work” to come back.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 8,149 total cases of COVID-19 Jan. 11, with 6,497 confirmed. A total of 10 new deaths, all confirmed, were also reported.

With 23,998 tests reported Tuesday, 34.9% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 65.7%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 56.6%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 14.2%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 8.8%