‘Don’t take your foot off the accelerator pedal’ despite drop in new COVID-19 cases

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) – Despite a drop in new cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks, the state’s public health director is urging people to remain vigilant to prevent the spread of the disease.

Dr Brannon Traxler hosted the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s weekly COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s too early to assume we’ve definitely hit a milestone or gone completely over it,” Traxler said.

The comment came as she answered a question about the low number of new cases reported this week. The state listed fewer than 1,000 new cases on Tuesday and fewer than 900 on Wednesday. She said the last time the state saw a total of new cases below 1,000 was in July.

“We’ve seen this happen a number of times before during this pandemic and have seen cases and hospitalizations spike up afterwards,” Traxler said. “So we shouldn’t take the past few weeks as a sign that things are definitely going to keep improving from here on out.”

Traxler said progress was yet to be made in increasing immunization rates and urged people to continue wearing masks in public and indoors around people outside their homes.

“We are seeing improvements, so now is not the time to take your foot off the gas pedal so to speak,” she said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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