SC Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 421 new Covid-19 cases and 32 new deaths related to the virus on March 3.
New cases reported: 280 confirmed, 141 probable.
Total number of cases in SC: 1,144,750 confirmed, 317,579 likely.
New deaths reported: 22 confirmed, 10 probable.
Total deaths in SC: 14,419 confirmed, 2,540 probable.
Percent of ICU beds filled (with Covid-19 and other patients): 68.45 percent.
Positive percentage: 10.6
SC residents vaccinated
In South Carolina, 63.1 percent of those eligible for the vaccine have received at least one dose, and 54.2 percent of eligible residents are considered to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
This number reflects all eligible South Carolina residents, including young children. The latest data from DHEC shows that 18.7 percent of children aged 5-11 have at least one vaccine dose.
Hardest hit areas
Richland (32), York (32) and Greenville (30) counties experienced the highest total number of new cases.
What about the tri-county?
Charleston County had 17 new cases, while Dorchester had eight and Berkeley reported 12.
DHEC releases county level data on Covid-19 deaths and age of those who have died from the virus on Tuesdays. According to the latest data from March 1, at least 242 people in South Carolina died of the virus 20-26. February. Greenville Country recorded 46 deaths that week – the highest in the state.
Of the 530 Covid-19 patients who were hospitalized on March 3, 115 was in the intensive care unit, and 48 respirators.
What do experts say?
Officials from the State Health Agency say a higher statewide vaccination rate is a key tool in reducing admissions and deaths from Covid-19. The agency continues to urge residents to get vaccinated and increase when they are entitled to prevent the virus from causing further harm to the state.
“Unfortunately, this virus is here to stay for the foreseeable future,” said DHEC medical consultant Johnathon Knoche. “So we strongly urge South Carolinians to follow these important guidelines and prevent COVID from doing further harm to our state.”
Go to https://vaxlocator.dec.sc.gov. to find a clinic near you.
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