1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19, SC now 50% vaccinated

Nineteen months after the start of the pandemic in the United States, the nation reached a gruesome milestone: an excess of 663,000 deaths due to COVID-19 — 1 in 500 Americans.

Meanwhile, South Carolina officially passed the 50% mark for statewide vaccinations for people 12 and up. Nationally, the rate is 63%.

People older than 85 make up 2% of the population, but a quarter of the massive death toll, according to measurements by The Washington Post. One in 35 of people over 85 died of COVID, compared to only 1 in 780 age 40-64.

Elderly communities are not the only demographic that has suffered greatly during the pandemic. Native Americans’ death rate is the highest when categorized by race, at 1 in 240 people. Hispanic people come in second with 1 in 390, and Black people with 1 in n480.

South Carolina was not immune. With a confirmed total of 10,041 deaths in the state, ranking 18th in the nation, 1 in 450 South Carolinians have died to COVID-19.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 4,306 total cases of COVID-19 Sept. 16, with 2,865 confirmed. A total of 49 new deaths, with 41 confirmed, were reported Thursday.

With 33,528 tests reported, 11.4% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents with at least 1 vaccine: 58.8%
Percentage of S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 50.0%