COVID-19 numbers skyrocket

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

COLUMBIA — With COVID-19’s omicron variant hitting Pickens County hard, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has reported monumental case numbers over the past week.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county rose by 4,425 last week, when the county’s number of confirmed cases reached 30,566 as of Monday. That rise represents an increase of more than 1,800 percent over the number of cases confirmed in the county in a one-week period leading up to Christmas last month, when there were 232 cases reported in the seven

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