According to the South Carolina Environmental Administration, the average number of new coronavirus cases per day fell below 500 for the first time in months this week.
DHEC reported 3,484 new cases of coronavirus between April 3 and 10. This is an average of about 498 cases per day. At least 59 people died from the virus, according to DHEC.
The average percentage of positive tests reported by state health authorities was 4.9. Consistently below 5% positive rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mean that the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community has slowed.
South Carolina reported 2,161 new possible cases and 22 possible deaths that week.
A possible case is someone who has not received lab test results but has viral symptoms or a particular type of positive test. A potential death is a person who has not undergone a lab test but whose death certificate lists COVID-19 as the cause or cause of death.
DHEC reported last week that nearly 250,000 coronavirus vaccines were given in South Carolina. More than 2.3 million vaccines have been given.
As of Saturday, 524 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus. This is an increase from 486 last week.
According to DHEC, at least 470,805 people in South Carolina are coronavirus-positive and 8,160 have died since March last year.
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