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Over 9,300 new COVID cases reported in HC
At least 826,703 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and 12,743 have died in South Carolina since March 2020, according to state health officials.
On Friday January 7, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of SC reported 9,376 new cases of COVID-19 and five coronavirus-related deaths. There were also 3,620 probable cases and one probable death.
the omicron variant accounted for 72% of the coronavirus strains identified in South Carolina during the week ending December 25. The delta variant was about 26%, according to data from the state’s health department.
At least 1,566 people in the state have been declared hospitalized with COVID-19 as of January 7, including 275 patients treated in intensive care units and 132 on ventilators. Almost 17% of hospitalizations in South Carolina are linked to the coronavirus, data shows.
As of January 7, around 29% of COVID-19 tests are positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 5% or less means there is a low level of spread in the community.
About 52% of South Carolinians eligible to receive coronavirus vaccine are fully vaccinated, and almost 61% received at least one dose.
Watch Out For These Omicron Variant Symptoms, According To Lowcountry Doctor
A runny nose, sore throat and cough are the first signs of a possible infection with the omicron variant of the coronavirus, according to a doctor in Lowcountry.
Beaufort Jasper Hampton’s Acting Comprehensive Health Services Chief Medical Officer Dr Faith Polkey said patients may experience a combination of symptoms, including nasal congestion, she told The Island Packet.
The highly contagious variant is believed to infect cells in the upper respiratory system more than cells in the lungs, she said.
âPeople have definitely been talking about more mucus production,â Polkey said. âIt’s kind of a postnasal drip. âI have a bit of a sore throat. It makes you think your allergies are working.
Other symptoms include night sweats and gastrointestinal problems.
To learn more about the symptoms of the coronavirus variant, read the full article. here.
Diabetes risk increases for children under 18 after catching COVID: CDC
Children under 18 are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes after contracting COVID-19, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report, released on January 7, analyzed data from March 2020 through June 2021, before the super contagious variant of the omicron coronavirus fuels an increase in the number of new cases in the United States, McClatchy News reported.
Researchers found that minors with COVID-19 were at increased risk of being diagnosed with diabetes at least a month after infection. Data from IQVIA, a medical claims database, showed that children with coronavirus were 166% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than children without the virus.
âThese results are consistent with previous research demonstrating an association between (COVID-19) and diabetes in adults,â the CDC said.
Read the full story here.
The mask mandates return to Coastal Carolina University
An increase in COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant of the coronavirus has led Coastal Carolina University to reinstate its face mask mandate, The Sun News reported.
Students and staff will be required to dress up when they return to campus for the 2022 spring semester, university officials said on January 6. The move comes just weeks after the board voted to lift the requirement in mid-December when classes end.
âRecognizing the ever-changing landscape around COVID can be intimidating, know that we will continue to make the decisions that are best for the college community,â university officials said in a statement. “Our students have lived and continue to experience such a unique situation during this pandemic.”
Under the new directive, everyone is required to wear a face mask indoors on the CCU campus, with the exception of dormitories and dining rooms. Students and staff must follow the rules, regardless of their immunization status.
To learn more about the university’s COVID-19 protocols, read the full article here.