SC Health Alert: Significant Increase in Flu and Respiratory Illnesses


This holiday season, South Carolinians might notice an uptick in coughs overshadowing festive carols.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) reports a rapid spread of respiratory viruses, including the flu.

The latest data shows over 1,100 flu cases so far this season, a decrease from the 2,200 cases reported at the same time last year. However, local medical centers like Grand Strand Medical Center, McLeod Loris, and Seacoast are experiencing a surge in flu, COVID-19, and RSV cases.

Due to the high number of respiratory virus cases, McLeod, Loris, and Seacoast have implemented visitor restrictions, barring those under 12 from entering their facilities.

Conway Medical Center has recorded 313 flu cases this month alone, a significant increase from the 247 cases reported in the entire month of December last year.

For more detailed information on the flu situation in South Carolina, residents can refer to the state’s flu data here.