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DHEC reports over 1,500 new COVID-19 cases during Veterans Day holiday

EXPLAINER: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster? Which one? (copy)

Currently, all residents age 5 and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The South Carolina health agency is continuing to urge all eligible residents to get vaccinated to help curb the spread of the virus. File/Rick Bowmer/AP

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control was closed Nov. 11 in recognition of Veterans Day. On Nov. 12, the state reported there were 697 new COVID-19 cases on Nov. 11 and 875 on Nov. 12. 

Currently, 63.6 percent of all eligible residents in the state have received at least one shot and 55.7 are considered fully vaccinated. 

Statewide numbers

New cases reported: 430 confirmed, 267 probable (Thursday); 605 confirmed, 270 probable (Friday).

Total cases in S.C.: 726,270 confirmed, 180,675 probable.

Percent positive: 4 percent.

New deaths reported: 41 confirmed, three probable (Thursday); 12 confirmed, four probable (Friday).

Total deaths in S.C.: 12,095 confirmed, 1,888 probable. 

Percent of ICU beds filled (with COVID-19 and other patients): 74.82 percent.

S.C. residents vaccinated

In South Carolina, 63.6 percent of people who are eligible for the vaccine have received one shot, and 55.7 percent of eligible residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Hardest-hit areas

On Nov. 12, Greenville (106), Horry (47), Spartanburg (47) and York (46) counties saw the highest totals of newly confirmed cases.

What about the tri-county?

Charleston County had 37 new cases on Nov. 12, while Berkeley and Dorchester both had 16.

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 123 people in South Carolina died from the virus Oct. 31-Nov. 6, and their ages ranged from pediatric (17 and younger) to elderly (65 and older).

Greenville County recorded 20 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 465 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Nov. 12, 124 were in the ICU and 67 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 (alpha, beta, gamma and delta) are circulating in the state. According to the latest data published by the agency on Nov. 12, 82.9 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?

Experts from the state health agency say community transmission in South Carolina is still high. The agency is continuing to urge all eligible residents, including children ages 5 and up to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  

In addition, you can find a vaccine clinic for anyone who is eligible at vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov

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Follow Zharia Jeffries on Twitter @Zharia_Jeffries. 

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