COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Tuesday announced that South Carolina has officially surpassed one million COVID-19 cases.
The highest weekly case count was also recorded last week, with DHEC reporting 50,653 cases.
The announcement came as DHEC reported a combined total of more than 26,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases over a four-day period spanning December 30 through January 2.
DHEC data show the highest number of cases was recorded on New Year’s Eve with 7,985 cases and with New Year’s Day following closely behind at the day after with 6,600 cases. These numbers do not include the probable cases. (6,974 on December 30; 7,985 on December 31; 6,600 on January 1; 4,568 on January 2).
The agency said there were 8,867 total probable cases in addition to the 26,127 confirmed cases over the same period. (3,655 on December 30; 2,558 on December 31; 1,731 on January 1; 923 on January 2). That is a total of 34,994 confirmed and probable cases.
The percent positive for Tuesday is 27.9%. Note: DHEC has implemented a new method for calculating percent positive. Although rates seem lower, the spread is still high. Click here for more information.
DHEC also announced a combined total of 35 confirmed deaths, bringing the total to 12,689. Click here for a breakdown of deaths by county.
DHEC delivered a stern warning to South Carolinians ahead of the new year holiday about large social gatherings and celebrations as the state dealt with a surge in new cases.
“We are at a crucial moment in this pandemic. We don’t want to start 2022 with record numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, and we are headed in that direction,” Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC Public Health Director.
“We know the Omicron variant is spreading all throughout our state. But we also know a full vaccination series, which DHEC now considers an initial vaccination and ideally a booster shot for ages 16 and up, will stave off severe cases of COVID and all its variants,” said Dr. Traxler. “We urge our residents to not waste time. Protect yourselves and your families against this deadly virus.”
DHEC says a total of 13,221,170 tests have been conducted in the state. A detailed breakdown of tests in South Carolina is available on DHEC’s Data and Projections webpage. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory is operating extended hours and is testing specimens seven days a week, and the Public Health Laboratory’s current timeframe for providing results to health care providers is 24-48 hours.
Click here for additional details, including case numbers by zip code, a case count breakdown, and recovery rate.