SCDHEC Update – New COVID cases continue to increase

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DHEC Update Sept. 9, 2021
On Thursday, (Sept. 9) SCDHEC reported 2,198 new cases and 1,268 probable cases of COVID-19. DHEC also reported 50 deaths and 5 probable deaths related to COVID.
Anderson County reported 97 new cases, 33 probable cases and 3 deaths.
Greenville County reported 262 new cases, 26 probable cases and 6 deaths related to COVID.
There were 2,508 COVID patients in hospitals, 562 in ICU and 417 on ventilators.
On Wednesday (Sept. 8) DHEC reported 2,167 new cases and 830 probable cases of COVID. There were 22 deaths and 3 probable deaths related to COVID.
Anderson County reported 97 new cases, 36 probable cases and 4 deaths.
Greenville County reported 294 new cases and 15 probable cases.
On Tuesday (Sept. 7) DHEC reported 3,453 new cases and 304 probable cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus. DHEC also reported 23 deaths and 5 probable deaths related to COVID. There were 39,904 molecular test results reported with 12.3 percent being positive.
On Friday (Sept 3)SCDHEC reported the following information for Wednesday (Sept. 1):
DHEC reported 4,685 new Cases and 1,347 probable cases of COVID-19. They are not currently posting whether these are the Delta Variant, but it is assumed most are due to the Delta Variant currently being the most widely circulating coronavirus variant. DHEC also reported 31 deaths and 7 probable deaths related to COVID.
There were 46,627 molecular test results reported with a positivity rate of 12.6 percent.
Anderson County reported 374 new cases, 52 probable cases and 1 death.
Greenville County reported 491 new cases, 77 probable cases, 6 deaths and 1 probable death related to COVID.
Anderson County currently has 105 COVID patients in COVID beds with 22 in ICU and 10 vented.
Greenville County has 275 COVID patients with 62 in ICU and 46 vented.
Anderson County has a vaccination rate of 41.3 percent with 71,955 people being vaccinated. Anderson County has a total population of approximately 174,181.
Greenville County has a 46.9 percent vaccination rate with 217,145 people being vaccinated.
Greenville County population is approximately 463,064.
Across the state there are 2,339 COVID patients in hostpitals 543 in ICU and 371 on ventilators.
There have been 6,808 “breakthrough” cases reported in the state with 557 requiring hospitalization and 130 deaths of breakthrough patients.
In public health, a “breakthrough case” is when a fully vaccinated person later gets the disease they were vaccinated for. According to DHEC, no vaccine provides 100 percent protection against infection, so breakthrough cases are not new, and not unique, to COVID-19. There have been numerous reports of COVID-19 breakthrough cases in South Carolina and throughout the U.S. and DHEC officials are saying this is not unexpected.
Because the vaccines require about two weeks to reach their maximum effectiveness, a person is not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after they completed the recommended number of doses for the vaccine they received. Therefore, for public health surveillance purposes, a case of COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough is defined as someone who tests positive (PCR or antigen) for COVID-19 14 days or more after the person completed all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. A person who tests positive for COVID-19 between their first and second doses of two-dose vaccines, or a person who tests positive before the two-week period after their final dose, is not considered a breakthrough case.
Since February 2021, DHEC has been receiving reports of COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases and transmitting those reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, as of May 1, 2021, the CDC transitioned from monitoring all vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause. Breakthrough cases are investigated as part of the CDC’s ongoing research to assess how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions.
New cases numbers also continue to increase on a day by day basis.