Coronavirus updates for Nov. 30: Here’s what to know in South Carolina this week

We’re tracking the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus and vaccines in South Carolina. Check back each week for updates.

Nearly 3,000 COVID cases in SC last week

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control on Tuesday, Nov. 29, reported 2,960 COVID-19 cases for the week ending Nov. 26 and eight coronavirus-related deaths for the week ending Nov. 19.

The counts include probable and confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths.

An estimated 1.7 million coronavirus cases have been reported in South Carolina, and more than 18,700 people have died of the virus since March 2020, according to state health officials.

According to the DHEC website, it recently began “a two-week delay in COVID-19 death reporting. The weekly reports will include the number of deaths from two weeks prior.”

Data shows COVID-19 cases are up about 5% compared with this time last week with hospitalizations jumping 9%. As of Nov. 26, an average of 221 people in the state were hospitalized with the coronavirus, including 31 patients being treated in intensive care and 11 patients on ventilators, the latest data shows.

The omicron subvariant BA.5 accounted for nearly 92% of coronavirus strains identified in South Carolina for the week ending Nov. 5, followed by subvariant BA.4.6 (2.7%), according to the latest data. The DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory conducts sequencing on randomly chosen samples as part of nationwide efforts to find out about new strains of the virus, the agency’s website reads.

About 53% of South Carolinians eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and nearly 62% have received at least one dose, the latest state health data shows.