According to the department’s most resent data, South Carolina is seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases. In the last month, COVID cases increased by 31.7% and hospitalizations are up 53.3%, while vaccinations went down by 27.8%, according to DHEC
Dr. Helmut Albrecht, an infectious disease specialist with Prisma Health, says he’s tending to 50 COVID patients a day, saying, “They’re massively increasing. I have never managed that many cases per day or per week.”
He says people are suffering COVID fatigue and they’re letting their guards down. “Nobody wants to do anything about it anymore. So there’s essentially zero masking, there’s zero notification, there’s zero tracking, there’s zero tracing,” said Dr. Albrecht.
In a statement DHEC said, “If we see vacationing and public gatherings without masking as community levels increase, and less preventative measures are being taken, we can expect cases to continue to increase.”
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“I would definitely encourage people to wear their mask,” a nurse practitioner said. “We don’t know who out there has compromised immune systems and we don’t know who’s walking around with COVID.”