Mike Stucka USA TODAY NETWORK | Bluffton Today
New coronavirus cases leaped in South Carolina in the week ending Sunday, rising 40.8% as 3,071 cases were reported. The previous week had 2,181 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
South Carolina ranked 36th among the states where the coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 33.2% from the week before, with 501,037 cases reported.
With 1.55% of the country’s population, South Carolina had 0.61% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 43 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Beaufort County reported 144 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 90 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 43,364 cases and 378 deaths.
Jasper County reported 11 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported four cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 5,908 cases and 93 deaths.
Within South Carolina, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Horry County with 96 cases per 100,000 per week; Richland County with 92; and Lexington County with 88. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Richland County, with 381 cases; Horry County, with 341 cases; and Greenville County, with 282. Weekly case counts rose in 41 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Horry, Richland and Lexington counties.
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South Carolina ranked 34th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 67.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.7%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Wednesday, South Carolina reported administering another 153,664 vaccine doses, including 19,529 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 1,174 vaccine doses, including 1,367 first doses. In all, South Carolina reported it has administered 7,542,968 total doses.
Across South Carolina, cases fell in four counties, with the best declines in Union County, with 3 cases from 8 a week earlier; in Chesterfield County, with 5 cases from 9; and in Clarendon County, with 12 cases from 14.
In South Carolina, 82 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 33 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,477,345 people in South Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 17,849 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 81,863,725 people have tested positive and 997,526 people have died.
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South Carolina’s COVID-19 hospital admissions rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, May 8.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 329
- The week before that: 290
- Four weeks ago: 180
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 45,875
- The week before that: 42,092
- Four weeks ago: 37,354
Hospitals in 36 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 32 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 35 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at email@example.com.