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Staff reports | The COVID-19 pandemic in the Lowcountry has dropped to the lowest levels since summer 2021, with only seven new cases reported in the county, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. 

The county’s rolling seven-day average of new caes is down 78% over the last two weeks, according to data from The New York Times, with it currently sitting at 21 cases per seven days. In addition, just a month ago, the positivity rate hovered above 30%, but as of March 8, it had dropped to 4.1%.

In the city of Charleston, city employees have hit zero active cases, for the first time since the first case was reported in 2020. 

“I’m not sure if I’ve ever been able to report to the council a big goose egg … we currently have zero active cases and zero waiting for test results,” chief innovation officer Tracy McKee said at Tuesday night’s meeting. 

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists Charleston and Berkeley counties, which have both also seen significant declines in reported hospitalizations, as medium-risk areas. No high-risk counties remain in South Carolina. A medium-risk county means all prevention strategies should be geared toward those at high risk for severe disease or death, lending to the end of most pandemic restrictions for the general population. 

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials on Wednesday reported 212 total new cases of COVID-19, with 148 confirmed, and 30 new deaths, 21 of which were confirmed. As of March 8, 352 COVID-19-positive individuals are hospitalized, 28.2% lower than last week. In addition, 33 COVID-19-positive individuals are ventilated, 41.1% lower than last week. 

With 2,566 test results reported Wednesday, 8.7% were confirmed positive.

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 66.6%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 57.4%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 19.5%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 15.4%

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