SC COVID-19 numbers continue downward trend with less than 600 new cases, 6 deaths

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South Carolina reported fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The state has had less than 1,000 cases for eight of the past nine days.

Of the 564 new cases on Tuesday, at least 108 were considered “probable” rather than confirmed. That brings the state’s total COVID-19 case count to more than 894,000.

The state conducted 13,126 tests for Tuesday’s data, with 5.7% coming back positive. DHEC says all cases reported came from testing completed two days earlier.

Over the past few weeks, there has been a decline in testing, resulting in fewer positive cases, though the positivity rate of those tests has also declined.

About 38.8% of the new cases reported were people aged 30 and under.

Children 10 and younger made up 12.9% of the new cases, while 13.1% 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.

But as the number of new cases has generally slowed across the state, the death toll continues to increase.

DHEC reported six deaths Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 13,565 since the start of the pandemic last year.

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.

Nearly 200 people died from COVID-related issues throughout the Palmetto State last week.

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 54.6%, among the lowest in the country.

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