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Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations hit pandemic high

South Carolina hospitals on Tuesday reported a record-breaking number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 as the omicron variant continues to surge statewide, according to data from the South Carolina Children’s Hospital Collaborative (SCCHC).

The SCCHC, composed of four children’s hospitals across the state, reported 40 children currently hospitalized with COVID-19, just inching over the previous record of 38 during the height of the delta surge. Of those hospitalized, only 5% are fully vaccinated, but 14 of the children are younger than 5 years old and therefore not yet eligible for the vaccine. There were also 10 children statewide in critical care due to COVID-19 and three on ventilators.

The numbers, while glaring, are further indication that vaccines are effective in children, health experts say.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 11,729 total cases of COVID-19 Jan. 12, with 8,477 confirmed. A total of 45 new deaths, 43 confirmed, were also reported.

With 38,055 tests reported Wednesday, 28.8% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 65.8%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 56.7%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 14.9%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 9.3%

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