New Data Shows 33% of All Coronavirus Deaths in South Carolina Have Been Black People

A vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is pictured. File/Ted S. Warren/AP

In South Carolina, Black people have accounted for 33 percent of all COVID-19 related deaths in the state — the sixth-highest rate for Black people in the country — according to new data published by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

Meanwhile, the state’s Black population only accounts for 20 percent of vaccines administered in South Carolina. In other Southern states, larger percentages of vaccines have been administered to Black people — 24 percent in Alabama, 25 percent in Georgia, 29 percent in Louisiana and 34 percent in Mississippi.

A full breakdown of the data is available at

Statewide numbers

New cases reported: 184 confirmed, 192 probable.

Total cases in S.C.: 489,653 confirmed, 100,193 probable.

Percent positive: 3 percent.

New deaths reported: 1 confirmed, 1 probable.

Total deaths in S.C.: 8,511 confirmed, 1,158 probable.

Percent of ICU beds filled: 71.14 percent.

How S.C. ranks

South Carolina ranks 42nd in the nation regarding the number of vaccines administered per 100,000 people as of May 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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SOURCE: The Post and Courier, Lauren Sausser