I hope everyone had a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead.
I'll keep it short for everyone today, but I wanted to highlight the promising Covid information, which is critical as we approach the reopening of schools.
DHEC last week predicted the weekly total of new Covid cases to reach 8116. However, the total came in at 5886, which is 25% less. The SC death curve is also declining, as is the percent positive of tests performed. However, our local press can't resist purring a negative slant on things.
This weekend, the Post and Courier reported that despite the declining cases, testing is down. However, this would contradict the fact that the percent positive number is on a downward trend; I interpret the decreased testing to be due to a decline in sick or exposed patients seeking tests.
Additionally, in another report, the press reported that DHEC predicts 7171 cases for the upcoming week. This would suggest an increase in cases over the next week. However, DHEC has tended to adjust their predictions as the actual numbers come in, and this 7171 was the projected number for August 16-24th that the agency posted over a week ago.
I wouldn't be surprised if this projection gets updated, since actual cases were only 75% of that projected for last week!
Let's hope that the Covid situation keeps improving, and I'll continue to keep you updated.
As a reminder, wear your masks, wash your hands, social distance, and please, if you're feeling under the weather, stay home! In the spirit of mask wearing, Leah posted a special on Instagram last week!
Check it out!
Dr. Heidi Williams