SC reports more than 68,000 new COVID cases over 4-day period

Death toll in South Carolina surpasses 15,000
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 1:29 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2022 at 4:57 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina set a new record high for a single-day new case count over the weekend, according to four days of new data released by the state health department Tuesday.

The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported a total of 20,337 new cases in Sunday’s data, which contained Friday’s test results.

Since DHEC did not report data on Monday because of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, it released four days’ worth of data on Tuesday, which included a total of 68,597 cases:

DAY OF RELEASEConfirmed CasesProbable CasesTotal Cases
Saturday (Thursday’s data)15,4663,74219,208
Sunday (Friday’s data)16,8043,53320,337
Monday (Saturday’s data)14,1651,93716,102
Tuesday (Sunday’s data)11,7371,21312,950

The state reported a total of 101 deaths over the four days.

DAY OF RELEASEConfirmed DeathsProbable DeathsTotal Deaths
Saturday (Thursday’s data)43851
Sunday (Friday’s data)291140
Monday (Saturday’s data)707
Tuesday (Sunday’s data)213

The data showed 13 of the deaths were recorded in Lowcountry counties.

Dorchester County had three confirmed and one probable death; Beaufort County had three confirmed deaths; Berkeley County listed two confirmed deaths; and Charleston County had one confirmed and one probable death. Colleton County reported a single confirmed death and Georgetown County reported a single probable case.

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)32.7%
Monday (Saturday’s data)28.5%
Tuesday (Sunday’s data)32.7%
Average Positivity Rate30.5%

Since the pandemic began, DHEC has reported over 1.2 million cases of COVID-19. That figure includes 968,084 confirmed cases and 257,486 probable cases.

The state’s death toll stands at 15,015, a figure that includes 12,957 confirmed and 2,058 probable deaths.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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