South Carolina had 3,085 fewer cases of Covid-19 between Aug. 7-13 than the previous reporting period (July 31-Aug. 6), state officials reported Aug. 13. Eight people died from the virus between Aug. 7-13.
State health officials reported 12,726 new cases of Covid-19 between Aug. 7-13. As of Aug. 13, there were 590 people who were hospitalized with Covid, 27 of whom were on ventilators. A week earlier, there were 618 people hospitalized, 25 of whom were on ventilators, state officials said.
Covid-19 updates this week:
- Medical University of South Carolina chairman James Lemon, D.M.D. on Friday recognized MUSC’s innovation and leadership in caring for patients during the past 2.5 years of the coronavirus pandemic.
- First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms, said Biden’s communications director Elizabeth Alexander. The first lady, who received two vaccines and two boosters, is taking Pfizer’s antiviral drug Paxlovid.
- Statewide Covid-19 protocols won’t be as strict this year for the thousands of students returning to the classroom. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control relaxed its guidelines Monday after the CDC changed its recommendations for protecting against the coronavirus. Mask regulations, quarantining guidelines and testing options have been remediated to focus on allowing kids to have the most normal classroom experience possible.
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 Tuesday and covered Aug. 7-13. In other data:
- Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 68.8%
- 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: 22.4%
- Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 18.3%
For more information, visit the S.C. SCDHEC COVID-19 dashboard.
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