COLUMBIA, SC (WBTV) – South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 542 new COVID-19 cases Thursday
apart from that there is 463 newly constructed probable cases.
Since the pandemic started, South Carolina has had 1,141,385 confirmed and 316,690 probable positive cases of the virus. Of the state 15,513,008 new molecular test results were the positivity percentage 9 percent.
There were 26 further confirmed deaths reported on Thursday. The total number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths in South Carolina to 14,182
On New Year’s Day 2022, South Carolina officially exceeded a million mark for total combined, confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, a milestone reached as the state is in the midst of an unprecedented wave of new cases spurred on by the omicron variant.
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South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control officials said they changed the way the positive percentage is calculated for COVID-19 cases.
Previously, state health officials produced the percentage positive by dividing the number of people with positive results by the number of people who had taken tests combined, which included 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, and then multiplying the result by 100 to get one percent.
When this new method takes place, the public will see a large decrease in the number representing percent positive. DHEC officials, however, stress that this does not mean that the level of dispersal in society has fallen.
“The percentage positive will only appear to be lower because it is calculated differently,” state health officials said Tuesday afternoon.
According to a press release, DHEC will not only use this new method going forward, but it will go back and recalculate the positive percentage for the entire time COVID-19 has been tracked in South Carolina.
“As part of DHEC’s continuous improvement efforts to improve the quality of the information DHEC provides, daily COVID-19 data will be provided with a 24-hour delay from 27 November 2020. This delay will allow for more robust data analysis before it is publicly reported, DHEC epidemiologists and data analysts will have more time to review the vast amounts of data and information reported to the Agency each day, and will have additional time for data validation, verification of death reports and improvements This will also give DHEC data and medical experts more time to identify and investigate possible data implications or abnormalities. This transition will in no way affect the Agency’s efforts to protect public health and limit the spread of disease. continue to try to contact all positive cases before fo 24 hours after our announcement of their positive result. “
South Carolina reports both confirmed and probable cases and deaths across the state. DHEC defines the difference between these statistics as:
- ONE confirmed case is a person who has had a confirmatory viral test performed using a pharyngeal or nasal inoculation and this test 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, alone is enough to classify a confirmed case.
- ONE likely case is a person who has not had a confirmatory viral test performed but who has epidemiological evidence and clinical evidence of infection. A positive antibody result no longer classifies an individual as a likely case. A positive antibody result will now be categorized as a suspected case.
- ONE confirmed death is a person whose death is related to COVID-19 and who tested positive with a confirmatory viral test for COVID-19.
- ONE probable death is a person whose death certificate indicates COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death but which has not undergone confirmatory viral testing.
This web page provides information on likely cases and deaths and will be updated to reflect the latest CDC recommendations for reporting this new information.
South Carolina is currently not reporting accurate figures for hospital admissions due to COVID-19 in the state.
Since Wednesday, July 22, 2021, DHEC says hospitals have “actively transitioned to a new federal reporting system to provide bedding and other important information. DHEC is monitoring their efforts to transition to the new system.”
People should stay home and be tested for coronavirus if they have any of the following symptoms:
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- loss of odor
- vomiting, nausea and / or diarrhea
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