South Carolina Reports Nearly 300 New COVID-19 Cases, 6.3% Positive
COLUMBIA, SC (WBTV) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has reported 298 Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
Also there are 183 newly listed probable cases.
Since the start of the pandemic, South Carolina has 721,558 confirmed positive cases of the virus.
There have been 27 additional confirmed deaths that have been reported, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths in South Carolina to 11 927.
A total of 11 870 521 COVID-19 tests have been carried out statewide. Of 7 661 new test results reported on Wednesday, the percentage of positives was 6.3 percent.
A detailed breakdown of each death by date of occurrence is available here.
Following CDC’s announcement that the COVID-19 B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant has been classified as a variant of concern (VOC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is doubling down its call to all. people eligible to be vaccinated.
Officials say this is especially important for young adults, who are in the least vaccinated age group nationwide and in South Carolina.
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Officials from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control have announced that they are changing the way the percentage of positives is calculated for COVID-19 cases.
Previously, state health officials produced the percentage of positive results by dividing the number of people who tested positive by the number of people tested overall, which included both positive and negative results.
This new method is calculated by dividing all positive COVID-19 tests by the total number of COVID-19 tests, positive and negative, then multiplying the result by 100 to get a percentage.
With this new method, the public will see a sharp drop in the number representing the percentage of positives. However, DHEC officials stress that this does not mean that the level of spread in the community has decreased.
“The percentage of positives will appear lower only because it is calculated differently,” state health officials said Tuesday afternoon.
According to a press release, not only will DHEC be using this new method in the future, but it will recalculate the percentage of positives for the duration of COVID-19 follow-up in South Carolina.
âAs part of DHEC’s continuous improvement efforts to improve the quality of information provided by DHEC, daily COVID-19 data will be provided with a 24-hour deadline from November 27, 2020. This deadline will allow for analysis more robust data before it is made public. reported. DHEC epidemiologists and data analysts will have more time to review the large amounts of data and information communicated to the agency each day and will have more time for data validation, verification of death reports and improving the processing of large data files submitted by reporting partners. It will also give DHEC medical experts and data more time to identify and investigate any data inconsistencies or anomalies. This transition does not affect the agency’s efforts to protect public health and limit the spread of disease. Case investigators will continue to attempt to contact all positive cases within 24 hours of our notification of their positive result. “
If you are on the move in the community, around others, or if you are unable to socially distance yourself or wear a mask, authorities recommend that you get tested at least once a month.
Routine testing allows public health workers to diagnose those who are asymptomatic and stop the continued spread of the virus. Learn more about who should be tested here.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) issued a public health order which requires all DHEC licensed nursing homes and community residential care facilities to submit a weekly report detailing the current status of visits to each facility.
This public health order was issued as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the health of residents and employees of long-term care facilities while providing for safe and prudent visits with family, friends and relatives. relatives, according to South Carolina health officials. Under the public health decree, approved EHPADs and EHPADs must provide, among other things:
- whether the establishment allows visits, and if not, indicate the reason (s) why visits are not permitted
- the number of residents who participated in a visit in the previous seven days
On September 4, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it was unveiling online resources that provide COVID-19 cases associated with students, faculty and staff and all kindergarten to grade 12 public and private schools in South Carolina.
The information, which you will find on scdhec.gov/COVID19Ã©coles, will be updated twice a week.
Health officials say it’s important to remember that this report does not mean that students, faculty, or staff have contracted the virus at school; only students, faculty and staff who physically attend a school or a school’s campus on a regular basis will be included in the counts; and some schools may choose to self-report cases before they are reflected in DHEC’s biweekly reports.
South Carolina is reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths statewide. DHEC defines the difference between these statistics as:
- A confirmed case is a person who has had a confirmatory viral test done with a throat or nose swab and that sample has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive viral test, also called a PCR test or molecular test, is enough on its own to classify a confirmed case.
- A probable case is a person who has not had a confirmatory viral test but who has epidemiological evidence and clinical evidence of infection. A positive antibody result no longer classifies an individual as a probable case. A positive antibody result will now be classified as a suspected case.
- A confirmed death is a person whose death is related to COVID-19 and who has tested positive with a confirmatory viral test for COVID-19.
- A probable death is someone whose death certificate indicates COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 is a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death but has not undergone a confirmatory viral test.
This web page provides information on cases and probable deaths and will be updated to reflect the most recent CDC recommendations for reporting this new information.
South Carolina is not currently reporting specific numbers for hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in the state.
As of Wednesday, July 22, DHEC said hospitals “have actively transitioned to a new federal reporting system to provide bed occupancy and other important information. DHEC is monitoring their efforts to transition to the new one. system. “
For more information or for updates, you can visit the DHEC Hospital Bed Occupancy page here.
For SC demographic data, including the latest recovery rates for the State, Click here.
Since the state has reopened for the most part, Gov. Henry McMaster has said the lockdowns will not return,
People should stay home and get tested for the coronavirus if they have any of the following symptoms:
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- loss of sense of smell
- vomiting, nausea and / or diarrhea
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