DHEC reports over 9000 new COVID-19 cases in its weekly report – Charleston Post Courier

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.

Statewide numbers

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.

Hospitalizations

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. 

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