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DHEC: Over 90% of COVID-19 cases, deaths in June were among unvaccinated South Carolinians

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Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 1:37 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control released startling numbers on Friday.

The health agency reported that more than 90% of COVID-19 cases and deaths were among unvaccinated residents.

DHEC released a breakdown of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths from June 1 – June 30:

  • 5,344 cases were reported
    • Of those where vaccine status was able to be determined, 3,079 (93%) were considered not fully vaccinated.
  • 243 COVID-related hospitalizations were reported
    • Of those where vaccine status was able to be determined, 143 (86%) were considered not fully vaccinated.
  • 39 COVID-related deaths were reported
    • Of those where vaccine status was able to be determined, 19 (90%) were considered not fully vaccinated.

There have also been 542 breakthrough cases in South Carolina. People who have been fully vaccinated can still get COVID-19, the illness is much less severe.

DHEC is strongly encouraging every eligible person to get their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible, including people who have already had COVID-19.

The state health agency has a map that can help you locate where to get the vaccine in your area.

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