DHEC data: More than 90% of COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths in 14 days were unvaccinated patients

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina’s lead health agency says most people who are being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 are not fully vaccinated.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday a review of provisional data showing nearly all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths over a two-week period were patients not fully vaccinated against the virus.

“The overwhelming majority of people who are continuing to get COVID-19 and who are getting hospitalized and dying from this disease are those who are not fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Jane Kelly, Assistant State Epidemiologist, during a statewide media update. “I can’t think of a more impactful point to make that would encourage someone who hasn’t yet received their shots to do so right away.”

DHEC said it performed an analysis of newly reported cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in South Carolina during a two-week period, from June 1-14. That analysis shows:

• Of the 1,635 newly reported cases for which we were able to determine the individuals’ vaccine status, 1,540 cases – or 94% of those new cases – were not fully vaccinated.

• Of the 92 reported cases that required hospitalization and for which we were able to determine vaccine status, 83 of those individuals – or 90.2% – were not fully vaccinated.

• Of the 11 reported deaths during those two weeks where vaccine status was able to be determined, all 11 individuals – 100% of them – were not considered fully vaccinated.

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