The state Department of Health and Environmental Control delayed its Monday COVID-19 report due to a “large volume of test results” the agency received over the weekend. Data reports from Thursday-Sunday will be released on Tuesday to ensure the publicly released data is as accurate as possible, according to the announcement.
“DHEC regrets this delay and appreciates the public’s patience in our efforts to provide accurate COVID-19 data so South Carolinians can have as much information as possible during this unprecedented pandemic.”
A huge spike in testing demand has led to extremely long wait times at many COVID-19 testing sites across the state and a shortage in at-home testing kits at pharmacies. State and federal health experts point fingers at the highly infectious omicron variant for cause of the spike, as it now makes up 95% of all new cases in the United States.