COVID-19 cases in South Carolina surge to record highs

Patient getting tested for COVID-19. (Photo: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit / CC BY 2.0)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — South Carolina health officials say the state saw a record-high number of COVID-19 cases in the first two days of 2022.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control counted 10,629 new cases Saturday and 10,543 new cases Sunday.

Those numbers surpass the nearly 9,000 cases that previously marked the state’s highest-ever case count on New Year’s Eve.

State health officials had warned last week that cases would likely soar in January with the rise of the highly contagious omicron variant.

The state has now tallied more than a million cases since the start of the outbreak in 2020.

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