Vaccine Update and South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 15, 2020)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 15, 2020
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina continues to receive doses of its initial allocation of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced. Three health care facilities received allocations yesterday, and direct allocations were delivered to 12 additional facilities today.
Health care facilities in South Carolina are beginning to vaccinate their most essential front-line medical workers following the guidance for phase 1a vaccine allocation finalized last week.
“Together, with our federal, state and local partners, DHEC is committed to ensuring that everyone who wants to receive vaccine in South Carolina will eventually be vaccinated,” said Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist. “However, the number of doses is currently limited in South Carolina, like in all states. That’s why we are calling on all South Carolinians to step up by stepping back, to ensure the most vulnerable among us and those who keep us alive are vaccinated first.”
The state is expected to receive all of its approximate 43,000 initial total doses by tomorrow, December 16. The federal government is providing additional allocations to states on a weekly basis going forward, and South Carolina is anticipated to receive 200,000-300,000 doses by the end of the year.
While there are no established time frames for each phase of vaccine distribution, as outlined in the state’s vaccine plan, South Carolinians will be made aware when vaccine is available to them. The state can remain in this initial phase 1a, which is focused on averting deaths and protecting medical professionals, for several weeks or months, depending on the supply and demand of initial vaccine doses.
DHEC will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina.
South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 15, 2020)
DHEC today announced the following COVID-19 updates.
Recently’s cases and deaths (scdhec.gov/COVID19)
Cumulative totals (scdhec.gov/COVID19)
- Confirmed and probable cases: 239,119/18,201
- Confirmed and probable deaths: 4,402/354
- Tests performed for South Carolinians: 3,153,581
Testing opportunities (scdhec.gov/findatest)
- Testing opportunities available statewide: 321
Percent positive (scdhec.gov/COVID19dashboard)
- 11,589 new individual test results reported statewide (not including antibody tests)
- 19.9% percent positive
The information above as well as extensive reporting on county-level information, demographics and more is available at scdhec.gov/COVID19. The website is updated between 1 p.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekends. Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccine for the latest vaccine information.
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