DHEC Reporting Spike in Omicron Cases Across the State

Daniel Prince

35 cases, one death reported in Union County over six-day period

DHEC reported six days of COVID-19 information with yesterday’s release, covering data from December 22-27. The agency reports that the omicron variant is now the dominant COVID strain seen in the state, and case numbers are rising once again.

Yesterday’s report showed a total of 3391 cases, the highest level seen in the state since September 22. The reports over the six-day period show around 15,000 cases reported and 63 deaths.

In Union County, 31 confirmed cases and 4 probable cases were reported across the six days. One death was also reported. Yesterday’s report showed the highest number of cases for Union County, with 9 confirmed cases. The death was included in the December 25th report. Over the past two weeks, Union County has the second-lowest COVID incidence rate in the Upstate behind Cherokee, but the county drops toward the middle of the pack in infection rate when compared with counties across the state.

The number of people hospitalized due to COVID has increased by a little more than 42% over the past week, though the number of those in ICU and on ventilators has only gone up by about 10% over the past week. New admissions have slightly more than doubled vs. the previous week. Three COVID patients are listed at Union Medical Center. Spartanburg County hospitals have 45 COVID patients. 9 are in ICU and 5 are on ventilators.

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