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: More than 20,000 confirmed and probable cases were recorded in South Carolina by the Department of Health and Environmental Control over Labor Day weekend, topping national figures, according to The New York Times.

While neighboring southern states are reporting similar numbers, Tennessee rivaling South Carolina for the No. 1 spot, growing outbreaks in the Midwest and Northeast have largely offset the slowly declining case numbers in the South. MaineSouth Dakota and Ohio had the country’s fastest rates of case growth.

Dorchester County is currently leading South Carolina’s high numbers, averaging 348 daily cases, according to The New York Times, but with a rate of change of only 47%, other counties across the nation are closing the gap.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 2,997 total cases of COVID-19 Sept. 8, with 830 confirmed. A total of 25 new deaths, with 22 confirmed, were reported Wednesday.

With 20,211 tests reported, 14.2% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents with at least 1 vaccine: 57.8%
Percentage of S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 48.8%