DHEC reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths in weekly report | COVID-19
DHEC reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths in weekly report |  COVID-19

DHEC reports over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths in weekly report | COVID-19

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control reported over 2,000 recently confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and two new deaths related to the virus 17-23. April.

The report comes after a two-day delay in the agency’s usual weekly COVID-19 data reporting schedule due to ongoing upgrades to the state’s Infectious Disease and Outbreak Network computer system.

Ron Aiken, a DHEC spokesman, said the upgrades required a complete rebuild of the agency’s data tables, many of which contained millions of records, tables and spreadsheets.

“If ever there was a time to do an upgrade, it is now,” Aiken wrote in an email to The Post and Courier.

State-wide figures

New cases reported: 1,288 confirmed, 786 probable.

Total number of cases in SC: 1,158,465 confirmed, 315,087 probable.

New deaths reported: two confirmed, zero probable.

Total deaths in SC: 15,137 confirmed, 2,630 probable.

Percentage of ICU beds filled (with COVID-19 and other patients): 60.65 percent.

Positive percentage: 5.3

SC residents vaccinated

In South Carolina, 63.1 percent of those eligible for the vaccine have received at least one dose, and 54.5 percent of eligible residents are considered to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

This figure reflects all eligible South Carolina residents, including young children. The latest data from DHEC shows that 20.4 percent of children aged 5-11 have at least one vaccine dose.

Deaths: dead

DHEC releases data on COVID-19 deaths and the age of those who died of the virus on Tuesday. According to the latest data from April 28, at least two people in South Carolina died of the virus 17-23. April.

Admissions

Of the 113 COVID-19 patients admitted on April 28, 17 were in the intensive care unit, and at least four used ventilators.

What do experts say?

Officials from the state health agency recommend all 12-year-olds and older who are eligible for a booster shot do so as soon as possible to slow the spread of the virus.

Go to https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov to find a clinic near you.

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