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DHEC reports over 61,000 new cases since Jan. 21 after delay

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control released COVID-19 figures covering a five-day period after a delay in reporting caused by record numbers of molecular test results being sent to the agency.

“DHEC’s data processing issue that caused a delay of data reports from Jan. 20-25 has largely been resolved and we are now able to provide most of that provisional backlogged data today in our afternoon data release,” a public alert from the agency reads. “DHEC is not yet able to release percent positivity numbers, since we are still importing negative results into our system. We expect to begin reporting these numbers in the coming days.”

DHEC reports numbers on a 48-hour delay already, so Wednesday’s release includes data collected through Jan. 24. According to the update, a total of 61,677 new COVID-19 cases were reported over the five-day period, with 22,419 of the total cases coming from Sunday’s data.

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South Carolina health officials reported 4,085 total new cases of COVID-19 Jan. 26, with 2,962 confirmed. A total of 19 new deaths, 16 of which were confirmed, were also reported.

Since Jan. 22, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) were unable to publish daily COVID updates due to record numbers of tests being reported. Today, DHEC confirmed 13,391 new cases Jan. 22, 19,383 new cases Jan. 23, 8,482 new cases Jan. 24 and 7,526 new cases Jan. 25.

Testing numbers and the percentage of positive test results have not yet been reported, but are expected in the coming days according to a statement from DHEC.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 66.4%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 57%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 16.7%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 10.9%