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S.C. reaches grim milestone, surpasses one million COVID-19 cases, DHEC states

It comes as the health agency reports over 26,000 new cases over 4-day period
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 1:53 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2022 at 3:51 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – South Carolina has officially surpassed one million total COVID-19 cases in the state, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The health agency announced the grim milestone was reached on New Year’s Day.

It comes after DHEC released four days-worth COVID-19 test results, including from the New Year’s holiday weekend.

Data from Thursday, Dec. 30 through Sunday, Jan. 2 shows there were 26,127 new, confirmed cases across the state of South Carolina, with an average percent positive of 26.88% over the course of those four days.

Here is a breakdown of confirmed cases in our area over the 4-day period:

  • Horry County: 1,003
  • Florence County: 747
  • Darlington County: 229
  • Dillon County: 177
  • Georgetown County: 177
  • Marion County: 143
  • Marlboro County: 123

DHEC’s data shows there were 122,599 COVID-19 tests performed from Thursday to Sunday.

The health agency also reported there were 30 COVID-related deaths during that time period.

“In less than two years, COVID-19 has infected over 1,000,000 of our citizens and impacted the lives of all of us. This milestone is another reminder that COVID-19 has caused one of the most severe pandemics our nation and state has ever seen, and with the Omicron variant, we, unfortunately, are seeing record numbers of cases,” said Dr. Edward Simmer, DHEC director. “COVID-19 is here to stay, but working together we can control it and limit its impact on our lives.”

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