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31,522 SC students quarantined or tested positive in first week of January

State health data released Jan. 12 showed 31,522 South Carolina students were quarantined or tested positive for COVID-19 in the first week of January, more than four time as many as the week of Dec. 13 before schools closed for winter break.

The data comes as dozens of schools across the state have announced plans to transition back to remote learning as a result of a combination of high case numbers and staffing shortages. At least 137 schools had gone virtual or were planning to by the end of day Wednesday, according to data from the state Department of Education.

The news isn’t all bleak, however, as signs are pointing to a peak in the omicron surge in some parts of the United States. According to data from The New York Times, a huge surge in cases that lasts for about one month, followed by a rapid decline, would be consistent with the experience in some places where omicron arrived earlier than in the U.S., such as the North and Southeast.

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South Carolina health officials reported 14,764 total cases of COVID-19 Jan. 13, with 10,412 confirmed. A total of 32 new deaths, 14 confirmed, were also reported.

With 66,680 tests reported Thursday, 26.9% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 65.9%
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: 15.1%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 9.5%