On Wednesday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported over 60,000 total new cases of COVID-19 from Jan. 22-26.
During this span, the most cases reported in one day occurred on Sunday, as 22,419 cases, with 19,383 of those confirmed and 3,036 probable were reported. This is also the most cases reported in one day in January, so far.
Wednesday's total was reported at 4,085 cases, 2,962 confirmed and 1,123 probable. DHEC also reported 16 confirmed and 3 probable deaths.
Brannon Traxler, public health director for DHEC, said the delay in reports was due to an "extraordinary volume" of testing data that was being funneled through DHEC's systems. The software couldn't handle such a great influx of data, which caused a backlog.
Traxler said they've had their IT department working around the clock to solve the issue. While they were able to report the backlogged case numbers, it will still be a few days before the positivity rates can be reported, she said.
Traxler also said that previous backlogs at the labs DHEC has contracted to evaluate tests are now under control, and those waiting for their test results can start expecting to receive their COVID-19 status within 49 to 72 hours again.
Other numbers reported by DHEC on Wednesday:
On Jan. 25, 8,614 cases were reported, with 1,088 probable and 7,526 confirmed, as well as 2 probable and 2 confirmed deaths.
On Jan 24, 1,130 probable and 8,482 confirmed cases were reported for a total of 9,612 cases, as well as on confirmed death.
Jan. 23 brought in 22,419 cases, with 19,383 of those confirmed and 3,036 probable, and 10 confirmed and four probable deaths.
DHEC reported 16,947 cases on Jan. 22, 13,391 confirmed and 3,556 probable, and five confirmed and five probable deaths.
DHEC is able to track reported cases that go through their labs, but they do not track at-home tests, regardless of if the test is positive or negative.
The South Carolina Children's Hospital Collective reported 46 hospitalized children on Wednesday. Of those 46, 42 are unvaccinated, though 24 of the unvaccinated children are under 5 and thus ineligible for the vaccine, leaving 18 hospitalized children unvaccinated despite being eligible.
In response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System has amended its visitor policy. On Jan. 25, a no visitors policy was adopted at their acute care centers. Some exceptions may be considered at the discretion of a patient's medical team. Such exceptions may be made for end-of-life scenarios for patients without COVID-19, to accommodate obstetrics patients, for patients who are unable to provide informed consent and for patients whose well-being is dependent upon a visitor.
This article originally appeared on Greenville News: South Carolina COVID numbers updated after backlog of test data