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SC reports over 16,000 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases over the weekend

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DHEC is recommending that those inside schools should wear masks this fall, even if they've already been vaccinated. File/Matt Rourke/AP

According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, there were over 16,000 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases over the weekend including 4,205 cases on Aug. 30. 

The state also recorded over 100 deaths from Aug. 28-30. 

Statewide numbers

New cases reported:  4,540 confirmed, 1,452 probable (Saturday); 4,573 confirmed, 1,302 probable (Sunday); and 3,710 confirmed, 495 probable (Monday).

Total cases in S.C.: 592,909 confirmed, 137,776 probable.

Percent positive: 11.4 percent.

New deaths reported: 49 confirmed, four probable (Saturday); 36 confirmed, 21 probable (Sunday); and one confirmed, none probable (Monday).

Total deaths in S.C.:  9,259 confirmed, 1,303 probable.

Percent of ICU beds filled (with COVID-19 and other patients): 81.18 percent.

S.C. residents vaccinated

In South Carolina, 56.5 percent of people who are eligible for the vaccine have received one shot, and 47.5 percent of eligible residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Hardest-hit areas

Greenville (377), Spartanburg (280) and Lexington (268) counties saw the highest totals of newly confirmed cases.

What about tri-county?

Charleston County had 211 new cases on Aug. 30, while Berkeley had 164 and Dorchester had 126.

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 data published on Aug. 24, at least 189 people in South Carolina died from the virus Aug. 15-22, and their ages ranged from young adult (18-34) to elderly (65 and older). Lexington County recorded 22 COVID deaths that week — the highest number in the state. Health officials have reported that the vast majority of patients who are dying from the coronavirus at this stage of the pandemic are unvaccinated.

Hospitalizations

Of the 2,222 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Aug. 30, 527 were in the ICU and 339 were using ventilators.

Student, teacher and faculty cases

DHEC's school dashboard shows, through Aug. 25, there have been 1,905 probable and confirmed cases among students and employees in the state's public and charter schools during the current school year.

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 data published by the agency that is up to date through Aug. 25, 2,089 samples have been identified as “variants of concern” over the course of the pandemic. More than 842 of those samples have been identified as the delta variant, which health officials say is now the dominant strain in South Carolina.

What do experts say?

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say some immunocompromised people don’t always reach the same level of immunity as other vaccinated people. Immunocompromised people who received a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine may benefit from an additional dose of vaccine to help them build more protection.

Go to vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov to find a vaccine clinic near you.

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