South Carolina reports 3,200 new COVID-19 cases, 87 deaths over past three days

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South Carolina reported three days’ worth of COVID-19 data on Monday, with 3,277 new COVID-19 cases and 87 additional deaths.

That brings the state’s COVID-19 case count to more than 887,000 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. The death toll is 13,319.

More than 1,600 people have died of COVID-19 in South Carolina over the past month.

The state added 1,273 cases and 16 deaths Saturday; 1,082 cases and 22 deaths on Sunday; and 922 cases and 49 deaths on Monday. The number of cases reported from over the weekend show a drop in COVID-19 cases compared to weekend data released in weeks prior.

About 43% of the new cases reported were people aged 30 and under.

Children 10 and younger made up 12.8% of the new cases, while 15.9% 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.

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 350 deaths — 0.015% of all cases — as of Oct. 15 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 0.65% of all fully vaccinated people have been infected, while just 0.05% 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%, among the lowest in the country.

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