“This is one of the steps towards this becoming more of an endemic response to COVID-19,” said Traxler.
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While cases are still increasing, Dr. Traxler says they are increasing at a slower rate. However, there is one trend that does have her concerned.
People at the Richland County Health Center told us they have had trouble finding COVID tests at other locations. The 140,000 distributed across the state by DHEC is helping with the shortage.
“We are going to keep seeing an increase. 80 percent of us are going to be infected in a few weeks I think. It’s so infectious,” said Dr. Divya Ahuja, Prisma infectious disease specialist.
A state lawmaker is calling for in-home COVID-19 tests to be provided to every household in South Carolina.
Today, DHEC reported a spike in COVID cases after the long holiday. This comes as at home covid testing kits are becoming difficult to find at stores and longer wait times at testing sites.