On Thursday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced that two cases of a SARS-CoV-2 variant initially detected in South Africa have been reported in South Carolina. These cases are the first recorded instances of this COVID-19 variant in the U.S.

Another 2,934 confirmed cases were announced today along with 28 deaths, though DHEC stated in a press release that a system upgrade is causing delays in reported deaths. On Thursday, the percent positive throughout the state is 31.8%.

Yesterday, S.C. was ranked 10th in the national for percentage of vaccines administered. Today, the same study from Becker Hospital Review places S.C. as 11th on the list with 326,985 doses administered out of 548,250 doses received, a distribution rate of 59.56%.

As a reminder, state health officials continue to encourage people to follow public health guidelines such as wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands frequently.