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South Carolina has seen a meteoric rise in COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days, with average daily infections up 759% as the omicron variant continues to lead a record-breaking surge across the United States, according to data from The New York Times. As of Jan. 10, daily positive case counts hovered just below 12,000.

Daily averages are at the highest levels since the start of the pandemic and more than double compared to January 2021. And while testing numbers are also up (64% over the last two weeks), the percentage difference is far too great to be chalked up to an increase in testing.

Every county in South Carolina has reported more than 100 average daily cases per 100,000 people in the last week, with Charleston County reporting 283, the fifth highest in the state and a 14-day increase of 895%. Fairfield County is the highest with 337, followed by Richland County with 328, Dorchester County with 318 and Lexington County with 290.