DHEC now reporting COVID data weekly

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Beginning Tuesday, March 15, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) transitioned to reporting COVID-19 data once a week on Tuesdays. Data will include COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccinations, among other data points. Data that is currently reported weekly, such as MIS-C cases and COVID-19 variants, will be reported on Tuesdays as well.
“Tracking daily case numbers is less useful, especially with the rise of non-reportable at-home tests,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC’s Public Health Director. “It’s much more useful to track severe cases, meaning those that unfortunately result in hospitalizations and deaths. That gives us a clearer picture of how the virus is impacting local communities.”

For the week of Mar. 6 – Mar 12, DHEC reported there were 986 new cases and 510 probable cases of COVID-19 across the state. DHEC also reported there were 145 COVID related deaths and 46 probable deaths related to COVID.
There were 44,453 molecular test results reported for the week with 3.8 percent positive.

Anderson County reported 32 new cases and 4 probable cases. Anderson County also reported 6 deaths and 2 probable deaths related to COVID.
Greenville County reported 105 new cases and 33 probable cases over the week with 12 deaths and 2 probable deaths related to the virus.

There were 249 COVID patients in hospitals with 54 in ICU and 27 on ventilators.