Staff reports | While Memorial Day travel plans marked a return to normalcy for many American families this year, confirmed Covid-19 cases were nearly six times higher than at this time last year, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Case totals are likely considerably higher.

Meanwhile, state health officials today reported 8,648 total new cases  of Covid-19 — a slight increase over last week’s 7,044 — and two total new deaths, compared to last week’s three. As of June 1, 214 Covid-19-positive individuals were hospitalized, and eight were on ventilators. Compared to last week’s 199 hospitalizations and eight ventilators.   

This week marks the eighth consecutive week of rising Covid cases in the U.S., according to federal data. The country is reporting nearly 110,000 new cases every day on average, and more than 3,500 virus-positive Americans are being admitted to the hospital each day.

Despite rising cases, however, hospitalizations are nowhere near their peak. And there are some signs that some parts of the nation are already seeing a slowdown in new infections. In New England, new case rates have declined by 18% in the last week, according to the CDC. New England was the first region in the U.S. to be hit by the recent surge in infections. 

Still, CDC data reveal more than half of the population of the U.S. is now living in a country that has a high or medium community risk for Covid-19. 

Latest COVID-19 data

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) transitioned to weekly reporting of new Covid data in March. The most recent numbers were reported Wednesday and covered May 22-29.

State health officials today reported 8,648 total new cases  of Covid-19 — a slight increase over last week’s 7,044 — and two total new deaths, compared to last week’s three. As of June 1, 214 COVID-19-positive individuals were hospitalized, and eight were on ventilators. Compared to last week’s 199 hospitalizations and eight ventilators.   

No positivity rate was reported by DHEC.

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 67.1%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 58%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 20.2%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 16.4%

For more information, visit the S.C. SCDHEC COVID-19 dashboard.