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More than 450 new COVID-19 cases reported in SC
At least 717,016 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and 11,737 have died in South Carolina since March 2020, according to state health officials.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control on Tuesday reported 456 new COVID-19 cases and six coronavirus-related deaths. There were also 108 probable cases and no probable deaths, data shows.
At least 755 people in the state were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, including 219 patients who were being treated in intensive care units and 144 who were on ventilators. Nearly 9% of hospitalizations across the state are COVID-19-related, data shows.
As of Tuesday, 5.7% of COVID-19 tests were reported positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said 5% or lower means there is a low level of community spread.
More than 54% of South Carolinians eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine are fully vaccinated, and over 62% have received at least one dose, according to health officials.
Memory issues continue to impact people with long COVID-19
COVID-19 can have several long-term effects on the body and some symptoms linger longer than others, according to a new study.
A report studying 740 people who were experiencing long COVID-19, or effects from the virus that stick around for months after the initial infection, reported “brain fog” and other cognitive issues, McClatchy News reported.
The two most common symptoms were memory encoding (24%) and memory recall (23%), according to a report published in October in the journal JAMA Open Network.
Other common cognitive issues reported among people with long-COVID-19 included “category fluency (20%, the ability to think of words within a specific category, such as colors) and processing speed (18%, the time it takes for someone to complete a mental task,” according to the study.
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