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South Carolina had 844 fewer cases of Covid-19 between July 31-Aug. 6 than the previous reporting period (July 24-30), state officials reported Aug. 6. Seven people died from the virus between July 31-Aug. 6. 

State health officials reported 15,811 new cases of Covid-19 between July 31-Aug. 6. As of Aug. 6, there were 618 people who were hospitalized with Covid, 25 of whom were on ventilators. A week earlier, there were 607 people hospitalized, 23 of whom were on ventilators, state officials said.

Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the president, urged Americans who are not up-to-date on coronavirus vaccines to get shots as omicron subvariant BA.5 dominates in the U.S., according to The Washington Post.  

Although The Washington Post reported that the nation is tired of hearing about Covid after more than two years, Fauci warned that trouble may be on the horizon for unvaccinated people or those who aren’t up-to-date with booster shots.  

Individuals who aren’t vaccinated and who have underlying health conditions are at the greatest risk of Covid-related complications, yet vaccinated people are not exempt, Fauci told Los Angeles radio station KNX News on Aug. 5. Fauci emphasized that people need to get the most recent booster shots available. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 85% of Covid-19 cases are from the BA.5 variant and more than 41% of U.S. counties are experiencing high Covid levels. 

As America does away with mask mandates and Covid-related restrictions, some health experts worry that not enough people are vaccinated to keep the disease at bay, according to The Washington Post

Latest COVID-19 data

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) transitioned to weekly reporting of new Covid data in March. The most recent numbers were reported Aug. 6 and covered July 31-Aug. 6. In other data:

  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 68.3%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 59.5%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 22.2%
  • Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 18.2%

For more information, visit the S.C. SCDHEC COVID-19 dashboard.

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