COVID-19 numbers in SC are declining with 2,300 cases, 89 deaths over past three days

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South Carolina reported three days’ worth of COVID-19 data on Monday, with 2,300 new COVID-19 cases and 89 deaths.

That brings the state’s COVID-19 case count to more than 893,000, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. The death toll is 13,559.

Over the past two weeks, no county has seen more new cases than Richland County with 960 cases.

The state added 810 cases and 36 deaths Saturday; 809 cases and 50 deaths on Sunday; and 684 cases and three deaths on Monday. The number of new cases reported from over the weekend was lower than previous weekends.

About 42.8% of the new cases reported were people aged 30 and under.

Children 10 and younger made up 12% of the new cases, while 15.3% of the cases were diagnosed in people between the ages of 11 and 20.

At the earlier height of the pandemic between December and February, only 5.8% of positive cases were kids 10 and under.

More than 1,400 people have died of COVID-19 in South Carolina over the past month. Greenville leads all other counties in the state with 49 deaths during the time frame.

The highly contagious delta variant is likely responsible for the majority of new COVID-19 cases in South Carolina, according to state health officials. The exact number of delta cases is unknown because only a fraction of confirmed cases undergo genome sequencing, the process to determine the variant.

There have been 373 deaths — 0.016% of all cases — as of Oct. 22 from “breakthrough” cases, meaning the person was fully vaccinated. The majority of deaths — 65% — are people ages 71 and up. About 65% of those who died had comorbid conditions. And 0.68% of all fully vaccinated people have been infected, while just 0.053% of fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized.

Health officials recommend wearing a face mask and getting the coronavirus vaccine to help limit the spread of the virus.

South Carolina’s vaccination rate is 54.3%, among the lowest in the country.

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