(Local Paper) Delta variant could quickly spread in SC because of large unvaccinated population

State health officials are concerned that the COVID-19 Delta variant will continue to spread quickly in South Carolina because of the large unvaccinated population.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting 10 identified cases of the Delta variant in the state, although more are likely present.

This variant is more transmissible than other strains of the virus and carries a greater chance of severe disease, DHEC said.

Dr. Jane Kelly, assistant state epidemiologist, said more than half of the new confirmed coronavirus cases in the nation have been the Delta variant.

“The best thing you can do to protect yourself from the Delta variant is to make sure you’re fully vaccinated,” Kelly said. “Encourage your friends and family to get the shot as well.”

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