The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported over 9,000 COVID-19 cases and two new deaths related to the virus June 12-18.
New cases reported: 9,726
Total cases in S.C.: 1,535,392
New deaths reported: 2
Total deaths in S.C.: 18,007
Percent of ICU beds filled (with COVID-19 and other patients): 51.45 percent
Percent positive: 19.8 percent
S.C. residents vaccinated
In South Carolina, 63.7 percent of people who are eligible for the vaccine have received at least one dose, and 55.4 percent of eligible residents are considered fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
These numbers reflect all eligible residents, including young children. The latest data from DHEC shows 21.2 percent of children ages 5-11 have at least one vaccine dose.
Of the 263 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of June 21, 34 were in the ICU and seven were using ventilators.
What do experts say?
Experts from the state health agency are continuing to urge residents to get vaccinated and boosted when eligible to curb the spread of the virus. The agency also recommends that people in communities with high-level transmission wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.