MURRELLS INLET — As more South Carolinians become vaccinated and vaccines themselves become more readily available, Tidelands Health claims that Horry and Georgetown are among the top four counties in the state for vaccination rate of residents.
A news release published by the hospital system said an estimated 220,000 people along the Grand Strand are eligible to receive a vaccine in Phase 1B and that nearly 36,000 doses of vaccines have already been administered in Horry and Georgetown counties.
"We're proud of this great start, but we know there are many, many more people in our region who are awaiting a vaccine," said Gayle Resetar, COO at Tidelands Health. "We won't let up until everyone who wants a vaccine has received it."
New cases reported: 756 confirmed, 152 probable.
Total cases in S.C.: 453,093 confirmed, 77,787 probable.
Percent positive: 4.9 percent.
New deaths reported: 10 confirmed, 1 probable.
Total deaths in S.C.: 7,814 confirmed, 1,019 probable.
Percent of ICU beds filled: 70.5 percent.
How does S.C. rank in vaccines administered per 100,000 people?
42nd as of March 10, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the total number of newly confirmed cases, Greenville (121), Horry (70) and York (62) counties saw the highest totals.
What about the tri-county?
Charleston County had 46 new cases on March 12 while Berkeley counted 13 and Dorchester had 17.
Two of the new confirmed deaths reported were among people age 35 to 64, the remainder were patients age 65 and older.
Of the 585 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of March 12, 158 were in the ICU and 55 were using ventilators.
What do experts say?
Health care professionals in South Carolina said that in order to beat COVID-19, people should get the vaccine when it's their turn to do so.
Efforts to make vaccines available to all South Carolinians are ongoing.
The CDC said those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine should wait at least 14 days before getting any other vaccine, including those for flu or shingles. People who get another vaccine first should wait the same length of time before getting the shot for the coronavirus.
More information can be found at scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.