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SC hospitals seeing more COVID patients, shorter hospital stays

Hospitals across the state have been feeling the strain as daily COVID-19 numbers continue to break records and staffing shortages plague institutions, but reports coming from hospitals show that those who come in aren’t staying as long.

Doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina chalk it up to the omicron variant, which is driving the new infections, but is less severe than previous variants. The length of stay for those with omicron is, on average, much shorter than what was seen with the delta variant, for example.

Still, the high volume is concerning, with the South Carolina Hospital Association reporting that 20 hospitals in the state are at or over 90% ICU bed capacity.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 10,744 total cases of COVID-19 Jan. 19, with 8,440 confirmed. A total of 14 new deaths, 9 of which are confirmed, were also reported.

With 35,060 tests reported Wednesday, 33.4% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 66.2%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 56.9%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 16.0%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 10.1%