South Carolina added just under 2,000 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, latest daily report by DHEC

Charleston, South Carolina – The Covid-19 situation in South Carolina is slowly but surely stabilizing as the Palmetto State’s corona-numbers are constantly declining.

According to the latest report issued by DHEC on Thursday, South Carolina added a total of 1,977 new cases. A total of 1,190 cases are confirmed, while 787 cases are considered as probable.

In the same report, DHEC reported 114 Covid-19 related deaths. 76 deaths are considered as confirmed, while 38 are considered as probable.

The data in the daily Covid-19 reports issued by DHEC is presented with 48-hours delay. That said, the Thursday report shows the Covid-19 numbers as of Tuesday, February 15.

Since the start of the pandemic, South Carolina reported a total of 1,133,766 confirmed and 313,791 probable cases. That brings the total number of cases to 1,447,557.

The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic now reaches 16,520. 14,074 deaths are considered as confirmed, while 2,446 deaths are considered as probable.

On Tuesday, a total of 12,359 molecular tests were conducted and the positivity rate was 12.4%. Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 15,389,529 tests were conducted in South Carolina.

According to the New York Times Covid-19 data tracker, United States added a total of 141,177 new cases on Wednesday, February 16. The 14-day average, according to their tracker, is 124,324 cases which is 68% less compared to the previous 14-day period.

Following the declining number of cases nationwide, some states decided to loosen the pandemic measures and protocols they had in place up until recently.

According to The Sarpy County, a local news outlet from Nebraska, Douglas County Health Department Director Dr. Lindsay Huse decided to lift the Omaha citywide indoor mask mandate on Wednesday. The mask mandate was enforced early January when the number of cases in the area was setting new record highs.

Starting February 15, people in California, one of the states with the strictest pandemic measures and protocols, are no longer mandated to wear face masks while indoors, a measure that was implemented earlier this year and applied for everyone regardless of their vaccination status.

It looks like the recent Covid-19 data means calm spring months ahead in terms of Covid-19.

For more Covid-19 related data and vaccine sites in South Carolina, please visit the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) website.

Cindy Carey


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