Dr. Danielle Scheurer of MUSC Health gets the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine | Photo via MUSC Health by Sarah Pack

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: CEO of MUSC Health Dr. David Zaas said during a media briefing Sept. 3 he believed the current surge being driven by the delta variant could be nearing its end, depending on community action.

“Our hope is that we have seen a significant spike that is still rising in many areas of our state,” he said. “But it seems to have plateaued over the last few days, and my eternal optimism is that we will be on the other side of this surge in the coming weeks. That’s going to be impacted by how we as a community step up.”

Regardless of the timeline, Zaas spoke to the preparedness of MUSC and the health care system’s ability to handle the surge.

“In contrast to when we started, we have learned so much,” he said. “New treatments are available, our care teams are confident they know how to provide care for their patients and, most importantly, we have adequate supplies to care for the COVID surge.”

Zaas said the biggest way for the community to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the health care system and its providers is to continue following CDC guidelines and precautions — wearing masks in doors and getting vaccinated.

“It’s important to realize this is a marathon, not a sprint,” Zaas said. “More than ever, it is important our community comes together to increase the rate of vaccination to not only save lives in our community, but to protect our hospitals and health care workers that are being strained.”

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 6,032 total cases of COVID-19 Sept. 3, with 4,685 confirmed. A total of 38 new deaths, with 31 confirmed, were reported Friday.

With 46,627 tests reported, 12.6% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents with at least 1 vaccine: 57.1%
Percentage of S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 48.1%