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2 children among 84 COVID deaths last week in SC, DHEC reports

Two children were among the 84 people who died of COVID-19 from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4 in South Carolina, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. 

DHEC also reported more than 600 newly confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases on Dec. 7, and four new deaths. 

Statewide numbers

New cases reported: 500 confirmed, 161 probable.

Total cases in S.C.: 739,796 confirmed, 185,883 probable.

Percent positive: 6.4 percent.

New deaths reported: Two confirmed, two probable.

Total deaths in S.C.: 12,386 confirmed, 1,932 probable. 

Percent of ICU beds filled (with COVID-19 and other patients): 73.36 percent.

S.C. residents vaccinated

In South Carolina, 58.6 percent of people who are eligible for the vaccine have received at least one dose, and 50.6 percent of eligible residents have completed their vaccinations.

This number reflects newly eligible residents in South Carolina, including young children. The latest data from DHEC shows 8.4 percent of children ages 5-11 have at least one vaccine dose. 

Hardest-hit areas

On Dec. 7, Greenville (66), York (47) and Horry (44) counties saw the highest totals of newly confirmed cases.

What about the tri-county?

Charleston County had 33 new cases on Dec. 7, while Berkeley had 12 and Dorchester had 10.

Deaths

DHEC releases county-level data regarding COVID-19 deaths and the ages of those who have died from the virus on Tuesdays. According to the latest data, at least 84 people in South Carolina died from the virus Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, and their ages ranged from pediatric (17 and younger) to elderly (65 and older).

Spartanburg County recorded 16 COVID deaths that week — the highest number of any county in the state. Health officials have reported the vast majority of patients who are dying from the coronavirus at this stage of the pandemic are unvaccinated.

Hospitalizations

Of the 471 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Dec. 7, 135 were in the ICU and 64 were using ventilators. 

Variants of concern

DHEC sequences a small, random sample of positive COVID-19 cases each week to determine which variants of concern are circulating in the state. According to the latest data published by the agency on Dec. 3, 83.7 percent of the variants tested in all regions of the state were identified as the delta variant, the dominant strain in South Carolina.

What do experts say?

State health officials are continuing to urge residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get booster shots when eligible. Currently, everyone 18 years and older is eligible for a booster shot six months after their initial series of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Vaccine clinics can be found at vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov

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