DHEC: South Carolina To Begin Reporting COVID-19 Data Weekly, Closing More Testing Sites

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Beginning March 15th, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will begin reporting COVID-19 data once a week on Tuesdays.

Health officials say this data will include COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccinations.

Data that is already reported weekly, such as MIS-C cases and COVID-19 variants, will be reported on Tuesdays as well.

“Tracking daily case numbers is less useful, especially with the rise of non-reportable at-home tests,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC’s Public Health Director. “It’s much more useful to track severe cases, meaning those that unfortunately result in hospitalizations and deaths. That gives us a clearer picture of how the virus is impacting local communities.”

Officials say the DHEC will continue to gradually close its COVID-19 testing sites in several more counties across South Carolina from March 14th through April 1st, but will continue to provide free rapid at-home antigen tests at its public health departments statewide.

Additionally, the federal government has expanded its at-home test program to offer every home in the U.S. two sets of four free at-home tests.

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Officials say the DHEC is also revamping its COVID-19 content on its website and is editing or removing pages based on demand and accuracy of reporting.

Beginning Tuesday, health officials say the DHEC’s page on breakthrough cases and its page showing cases among those vaccinated or unvaccinated will no longer be available.

Both pages are being removed due to the rise of home testing, which has resulted in skewed case counts.

Click here for the latest guidance from DHEC officials.