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30 December 2020
Columbia, SC – A day after providing an update on COVID-19 vaccines, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced a statewide vaccination percentage of 31 percent per dose received by the federal government, well above the national average. 19 percent and nearly twice that of other southeastern states.
“We continue to successfully complete our state’s carefully crafted statewide vaccination plan and the number of Phase 1A individuals who can currently receive the vaccine each week.” Dr. Linda Bell, South Carolina State Epidemiologist, said. “Our overarching goal is to save lives from further damage from this deadly virus, and with our state’s irreplaceable front-end medical staff and vulnerable nursing homes and long-term care residents and staff receiving the vaccine, we’re on our way to meeting Are on That goal. “
Based on current dashboards and reports, rates of use (dose administered and dose allocated and / or mailed to Pfizer and Modern Vaccine) indicate:
- South Carolina: 35,158 / 112,125 (31%)
- North Carolina 63,500 / 323,125 (20%)
- Georgia: 52,242 / 372,900 (14%)
- Alabama: 20,354 / 128,175 (16%)
The National Vaccine Administration percentage, based on the delivered dose and first dose, is currently 19 percent, using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 data tracker.
Dr. Bell reminded South Carolinians that while more vaccines are coming to the state, doses are limited in all states in South Carolina. He encouraged everyone to be patient and follow the guidance of public health officials.
“It will be an undisclosed amount of time in front of everyone who wants to get vaccinated.” Dr. Bell said. “We are calling on all South Carolinians to be patient and understand that such an effort will take several weeks to complete the initial stages and months for the population to achieve its ultimate goal. When it is my turn, I will join the first line waiting to receive the vaccine, but until then, I will continue the daily tasks protecting myself, my loved ones and my community. It is incumbent upon each of us to wear our masks, to remain physically disturbed, to be tested regularly, and to stay at home if we are with our symptoms. “
Prepare the residents of South Carolina to celebrate the new year, Dr. Bell warned of a possible increase in COVID-19 cases and urged everyone to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying home: “I think it’s fair to say that many of us are looking forward to leaving 2020 – the year that has taken a lot of us – back. But I am in this warning to public health officials around the country and the world Include that New Year’s Eve celebrations can prove to be disastrous. The safest way to celebrate, as it has been this holiday season, is to stay home. In a year that is full of sorrow, loss and frustration Yes, we cannot give up now. We should take our vigil in 2021. “
South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 30, 2020)
DHEC today announced the following COVID-19 update.
Today’s Cases and Deaths (scdhec.gov/COVID19)
Cumulative Sum (scdhec.gov/COVID19)
- Confirmed and probable cases: 280,024 / 23451
- Confirmed and possible deaths: 4,846 / 403
- Test for South Carolinians: 3,630,067
Testing opportunities (scdhec.gov/COVID19testing)
- Testing opportunities available statewide: 306
Percent positive (Scdhec.gov/COVID19dashboard)
- 7,391 individual test results reported statewide yesterday (not including antibody tests)
- 31.4% percent positive
Comprehensive reporting of the above information as well as county level information, demographics and more is available at scdhec.gov/COVID19. Website has been updated Weekend between 1 pm and 3 pm and between 11 pm and 1 pm. For the latest vaccine information, visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccine.
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