South Carolina health officials said a national shortage has forced them to begin rationing doses of monoclonal antibodies — a treatment used to help people fight off COVID-19. This is not a good time for South Carolina to ration care.
The percent of positive tests is still more than double what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is a controlled level. The CDC determined that the percent positive should be 5% for the virus to be slowing. South Carolina maintains above 11%. It is still spreading.
South Carolina continues to do poorly with the coronavirus. DHEC reports at least 819,204 cases of COVID-19. 11,614 people have died since March 2020. Data shows that last week was one of its highest death tolls reported in any seven-day stretch since the pandemic hit. We also had our fourth straight week of more than 30,000 new virus cases.
Meanwhile, only 50%, of the state’s eligible residents are vaccinated. About 50,000 people were vaccinated this week.
Dr. Jane Kelly warned selfish citizens:
“Being unvaccinated is dangerous to the individuals, and their families.”
Governor Henry McMaster said:
“I would ask every South Carolinian to consult your doctor and speak with trusted family and friends in order to make the most educated decision possible. Two things are clear – the most effective way to protect ourselves from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and the vaccine is readily available in every part of the state. If you decide to get vaccinated after thoughtful consideration of all the facts, now is the time to do it.”