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Editor’s note: After moving to weekly updates this spring, we have restarted daily COVID-19 updates as the state experiences increased cases.

What you need to know this week: South Carolina has among the most COVID-19 cases per capita, and hospitals are reporting record numbers for COVID patient counts.

As daily reports of both case numbers and deaths attributed to COVID-19 continue to climb, South Carolina hit the grim milestone, according to an analysis by The New York Times. The per-capita COVID rate in the state as of Aug. 31 was 100 cases per 100,000 residents per seven days.

According to the analysis, the rate of cases in each state correlates with vaccination rates. South Carolina has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with the percentage of residents who have completed vaccination standing at 48.0% as of Sept. 2.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 5,229 total cases of COVID-19 Sept. 2, with 3,572 confirmed. A total of 60 new deaths, with 44 confirmed, were reported Thursday, a dramatic increase compared to days prior.

With 32,408 tests reported, 14.5% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents with at least 1 vaccine: 56.9%
Percentage of S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 48.0%