SC Coronavirus Live Updates: 1,500 New COVID-19 Cases Tuesday

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Over 1,500 new COVID cases reported

At least 672,143 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and 10,347 have died in South Carolina since March 2020, according to state health officials.

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 1,599 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, 253 fewer cases than the day before. The state has also confirmed 69 coronavirus-related deaths, the data shows.

At least 2,390 people in the state have been declared hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, including 579 patients treated in intensive care units and 411 on ventilators.

As of Wednesday, 13.8% of COVID-19 tests were declared positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 5% or less means there is a low level of spread in the community.

Almost 51% of Southern Carolinians eligible to receive coronavirus vaccine are fully vaccinated and more than 59% have received at least one dose, according to health officials.

Beaufort County schools see drop in COVID-19 cases and quarantines

COVID-19 cases among students and staff are on the decline in Beaufort County, according to an analysis of school district data reported by The Island Packet.

Quarantine numbers have also fallen, the data shows, falling to the lowest levels the Beaufort County school district has seen since students returned to class last month.

In the week of September 13 through Sunday, the BCSD reported 105 cases of coronavirus among students and eight cases among staff, the newspaper reported, citing district spokesperson Candace Bruder. More than 1,400 students and 36 staff members were quarantined during the same period.

Read the full analysis here.

Masks shouldn’t be a ‘political issue’, say SC teachers and nurses

Teachers, pediatricians and school nurses across South Carolina are speaking out to repeal a controversial state provision that prevents schools from imposing mask requirements.

Several groups, including the Palmetto State Teachers Association, the South Carolina Association of School Nurses, and the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics came together on Tuesday to persuade state lawmakers to call a special legislative session to lift the ban, The State reported.

“It’s a concern for us, it’s a concern for our teachers, our school administrators, our school board members that these children are wasting learning time again,” said Kathy Maness, executive director of the Palmetto State Teachers Association. “This mask problem doesn’t have to be a political problem.”

The effort comes as the delta variant leads to an increase in cases of COVID-19 in school-aged children, some who are too young to be vaccinated against the virus. The spread of COVID has also forced hundreds of students, faculty and staff to self-quarantine.

“The General Assembly is not a super school board,” she said. “They need to leave that decision to local elected officials who know what is best for their community so that our students can stay in class, so they can continue to learn and our teachers can teach.”

Most Lexington Parents Support Mask Rules, Poll Finds

More than two-thirds of parents in Lexington School District 1 have said they will support a mask warrant to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in schools, the state reported, citing the results of an investigation to district level.

The questionnaire, which was released last week, asked parents and staff members what they think about requiring face masks at school during times of “high community spread.”

“For months we heard a small vocal group of parents and staff on both sides of the mask debate,” school board president Anne Marie Green wrote in an email to parents this week. “We wanted to know what our whole community really felt about the masking. “

A controversial provision passed by the state legislature earlier this year prohibits local districts from imposing mask rules on students, despite increasing cases of COVID. Gov. Henry McMaster has also voiced his opposition to the requirement for masks in schools, saying they hinder student learning.

The Lexington 1 School Board is due to vote on the proposal on Tuesday.

Read the full story here.

Myrtle Beach Hospital “stands ready” to vaccinate youngsters

After Pfizer-BioNTech announced that its COVID-19 vaccine is effective in children aged 5 to 11, some hospitals in the Myrtle Beach area are is already preparing for deployment, according to The Sun News.

A spokesperson for Conway Medical Center said the hospital “stands ready” to immunize young children as soon as it is given the green light. Pfizer must still go through the emergency use authorization process through the United States Food and Drug Administration before vaccine suppliers can begin administering the vaccines.

Officials at Grand Strand Medical Center are also awaiting further guidance, while McLeod Health is waiting to move forward with a plan until the shot is approved for emergency use.

Rock Hill Pharmacy Awarded for Helping State’s Vaccination Effort

A family owned pharmacy in Rock Hill who helped administer more than 16,000 COVID-19 vaccines received a special cry from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Rock Hill Herald reported.

The agency recognized Good Pharmacy as a “community hero” for its efforts to get residents vaccinated as cases of the coronavirus escalate statewide. This is the second Rock Hill area pharmacy to be acclaimed by DHEC for helping with the state’s immunization campaign.

The pharmacy began administering the Moderna two-shot vaccine in January.

“Some of our long-time customers have actually volunteered to come and help us with some of the documents,” Pharmacy co-owner Alton Hyatt told the Rock Hill Herald. “My sister and I couldn’t have done it without the staff and volunteers. We are committed to getting everyone vaccinated. “

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Karina Mazhukhina is a real-time reporter for McClatchy. She graduated from the University of Washington and was previously a digital reporter for KOMO News, an ABC-TV subsidiary in Seattle.

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