Lexington 1 of 6 SC Counties Still Recommended to Mask Against COVID

Posted 9/16/22

With COVID-19 levels dropping across the state, Lexington County is now one of six counties recommended to mask against the virus.

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Lexington 1 of 6 SC Counties Still Recommended to Mask Against COVID

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With COVID-19 levels dropping across the state, Lexington County is now one of six counties recommended to mask against the virus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The county and five others have a high COVID Community Level this week. The tool provided by the CDC uses the latest local data to recommend best practices to combat the virus. A high level triggers a universal recommendation to mask in indoor public places.

The number of counties with a high level continues to drop. Last week, 15 counties graded as high. The week before, 25 counties in the state had a high level.

19 counties have a medium level this week, and 21 have a low level.

The case rate in Lexington County is down this week. There were 264.1 new cases per 100,000 people in the seven days leading up to Sept. 16, dropping from 331.5 the week before.

The county is up in one of the other two metrics used to calculate Community Levels and down in the other. In Lexington, there were 12.3 new COVID hospital admissions per 100,000 people (up from 12.1), and 3.7% of inpatient hospital beds were occupied by COVID patients (down from 3.9%).

Only one of Lexington’s neighbors (Richland) has a high level this week. Three (Newberry, Calhoun and Orangeburg) have a medium level and two (Saluda and Aiken) have a low level.

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