COVID-19 in SC: Demographic update


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – DHEC has released an analysis of COVID-19 data compiled as of April 30.


The first week of April saw a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, with 575 new cases reported the week of March 22-28, and 1,262 new cases reported the week of March 29-April 4. The high case count continued the following week, with 1,279 new cases reported between April 5 and 11. Since then, the case count has been cut almost in half, based on data reported up until April 30.

DHEC reports that the average age of a COVID-19 patient is 50.5 , with the majority of cases appearing in individuals ages 51-60. Cases have been reported in patients as young as less than one month old, and as old as 105 years old.

Of note, the age group with the most prevalence of infection has a death rate of only 8.2%. The majority of deaths occur in those over 81 years old. Over half of all reported COVID-19 related deaths were in individuals over 71 years old. However, the average age of patients that died of COVID-19 related causes is 74.5.

According to DHEC, 14% more women have tested positive for COVID-19 than men. However, 10% more men have died from COVID-19 related causes than women.

While African Americans represent only 44% of the cases reported to DHEC, they account for 53% of COVID-19 related deaths. This data indicates that around 3.88% of whites infected with COVID-19 will die, compared to roughly 5.13% of blacks.

Other notable findings include DHEC’s report that based upon data collected between April 3 and 23, 588 healthcare workers statewide have tested positive for COVID-19. This is a 210 person increase from last week’s report.

DHEC concluded that overall, available data suggests a 78% recovery rate for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. DHEC’s criteria for recovery is as follows:

  • Hospitalized individuals: No reported adverse outcome as of >32 days since onset of illness.
  • Hospitalization unknown: No reported adverse outcome as of >32 days since onset of illness.
  • Non-hospitalized individuals: No reported adverse outcome as of >14 days since onset of illness.

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