Mike Stucka USA TODAY NETWORK | Bluffton Today
New coronavirus cases increased 9.4% in South Carolina in the week ending Sunday as the state added 10,348 cases. The previous week had 9,456 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
South Carolina ranked 17th 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 decreased 0.7% from the week before, with 730,572 cases reported.
With 1.55% of the country’s population, South Carolina had 1.42% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 15 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Beaufort County reported 292 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 343 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 44,887 cases and 383 deaths.
Jasper County reported 35 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 29 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 6,054 cases and 93 deaths.
Within South Carolina, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Dorchester County with 351 cases per 100,000 per week; Richland County with 305; and Charleston County with 297. 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 1,270 cases; Charleston County, with 1,222 cases; and Greenville County, with 889. Weekly case counts rose in 32 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Richland, Charleston and Dorchester counties.
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Across South Carolina, cases fell in 13 counties, with the best declines in Lexington County, with 644 cases from 701 a week earlier; in Beaufort County, with 292 cases from 343; and in Greenwood County, with 32 cases from 69.
In South Carolina, 25 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 63 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,524,771 people in South Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 17,995 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 86,246,101 people have tested positive and 1,013,413 people have died.
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South Carolina’s COVID-19 hospital admissions staying flat
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, June 19.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 544
- The week before that: 535
- Four weeks ago: 486
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 59,526
- The week before that: 57,395
- Four weeks ago: 52,179
Hospitals in 29 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 25 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 31 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.