S.C. reports 722 new cases of COVID-19, 12 additional deaths

S.C. reports 722 new cases of COVID-19, 12 additional deaths
COVID-19 (Source: AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 722 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday.

DHEC said there were also 20 new probable cases, 12 confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 157,394, probable cases to 6,596, confirmed deaths to 3,439, and 211 probable deaths.

On Friday, DHEC officials submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan which can be viewed here.

State health officials said during the initial stages of the national COVID-19 Vaccination Program, there will be a limited supply of the vaccine.

According to DHEC, that limited supply will be made available to certain identified groups, including front-line medical workers and nursing home residents. COVID-19 vaccine supply is expected to increase substantially and be more widely available to the public in 2021, according to a report.

State health officials said the overarching goal of this plan is the equitable distribution of the vaccine across the state, based on the most current federal guidance and recommendations.

“Safety is the top priority in any vaccine development and no vaccine will be released until it has undergone the rigorous scientific and clinical testing that’s required as part of all vaccine development,” said Dr. Linda Bell, South Carolina State Epidemiologist.

According to Bell, scientists had already begun research for coronavirus vaccines during previous outbreaks caused by related coronaviruses. She said that earlier research provided a head start for rapid development of vaccines to protect against infection with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The vaccine plan can be seen below.

Total tests conducted in South Carolina 1,741,936
Total tests reported to DHEC on Friday 7,069
Percent Positive in latest test results 11.4%

The following is a breakdown provided by DHEC of total positive cases and total deaths in Lowcountry counties:

Beaufort County 5,896 86
Berkeley County 5,660 88
Charleston County 16,226 251
Colleton County 1,153 43
Dorchester County 4,356 90
Georgetown County 1,859 35
Orangeburg County 3,229 128
Williamsburg County 1,243 37

Here are the newly-confirmed and probable cases reported by county:

Here is a breakdown of the confirmed and probable deaths reported by age group and county:

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