SC reports nearly 35,000 new COVID cases over 4-day period

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 1:35 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2022 at 4:40 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina set a new record high for a single day new case count last week, according to new data released by the state health department.

The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported a total of 10,629 new cases in Saturday’s data, which contained Thursday’s test results.

The previous record, reported on Friday, was 8,882 new cases. Friday’s report included data from that Wednesday.

Since DHEC did not report data on Monday because of the New Year’s holiday, it released four days’ worth of data on Tuesday:

DAY OF RELEASEConfirmed CasesProbable CasesTotal Cases
Saturday (Thursday’s data)6,9743,65510,629
Sunday (Friday’s data)7,9852,55810,543
Monday (Saturday’s data)6,6001,7318,331
Tuesday (Sunday’s data)4,5689235,491

The state reported a total of 38 deaths over the four days.

DAY OF RELEASEConfirmed DeathsProbable DeathsTotal Deaths
Saturday (Thursday’s data)505
Sunday (Friday’s data)26329
Monday (Saturday’s data)202
Tuesday (Sunday’s data)202

The positivity rate also rose to more than 20% for all four days, DHEC said.

Day of ReleasePositivity
Saturday (Thursday’s data)28.2%
Sunday (Friday’s data)24.5%
Monday (Saturday’s data)26.9%
Tuesday (Sunday’s data)27.9%
Average Positivity Rate26.875%

Since the pandemic began, DHEC has reported over 1 million cases of COVID-19. That figure includes 800,388 confirmed cases and 210,883 probable cases.

The state’s death toll stands at 14,674, a figure that includes 12,689 confirmed and 1,985 probable deaths.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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