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Cases, hospitalizations surging across U.S., rates in South remain low

Coronavirus cases are once again rising in most of the United States after a steady decline beginning in early September. New cases have increased by 25% across the nation in the last two weeks, and in 14 states, cases have risen by 40% or more, according to a report by The New York Times.

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Southern states, where vaccination rates have remained relatively low, got the worst of the late-summer surge, but have dipped lower than any other region since August. However, cases in the South are beginning to tick upward again.

Due in part to the increase, and the expected increase coming with the winter months and holiday travel, health officials are calling for Americans to get vaccinated — and get booster shots. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said the “overwhelming majority” of vaccinated Americans should receive a booster dose.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 580 total cases of COVID-19 Nov. 24, with 374 confirmed. A total of 19 new deaths, 16 confirmed were also reported.

With 9,708 tests reported, 6.6% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of eligible S.C. residents with at least one vaccine: 57.5%
Percentage of eligible S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 49.8%