State Health Officials Move to Mitigation From Containment for COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase at record levels in South Carolina, public health officials announced the state will change its efforts from containment to community mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus.

South Carolinians are being called on to help by continuing to take actions we know work – wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing. The move from disease containment to a disease mitigation phase occurs when cases of disease are widespread and difficult to investigate one by one.

During the first two weeks of 2021 alone, 45,210 South Carolinians were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in South Carolina to 337,845, probable cases to 33,335, confirmed deaths to 5,420, and 514 probable deaths.