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: Evidence suggests that a COVID spike led by the delta variant may be close to its peak, according to Dr. Michael Sweat, leader of the COVID-19 tracking team at the Medical University of South Carolina.

“The evidence, based on other states that saw the kind of case rate we’re having, suggests we may be getting close to a max,” he said in a press release. “I’ve been watching other places that have had big surges — Louisiana, Florida, Texas. I see this pattern. It seems like it’s eight to 12 weeks. It goes up fast and then down relatively quickly.”

Sweat’ acknowledgement comes as the Tri-county area’s weekly COVID case rate shot up another 25%, the press release said, going from about 5,600 cases to nearly 7,000 — a pandemic high.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 3,757 total cases of COVID-19 Sept. 7, with 3,453 confirmed. A total of 28 new deaths, with 23 confirmed, were reported Tuesday.

With 39,904 tests reported, 12.3% were confirmed positive.

Over the weekend, DHEC confirmed 13,159 total new cases, with 4,901 confirmed Saturday4,585 confirmed Sunday and 3,673 confirmed Monday. A total of 164 new deaths were confirmed over the weekend, with 38 deaths confirmed Saturday73 deaths confirmed Sunday and 53 deaths confirmed Monday.

Percentage of S.C. residents with at least 1 vaccine: 57.7%
Percentage of S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 48.7%