MUSC Health weekly COVID-19 report (February 7)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Feb. 7, 2022) – At MUSC Health, the safety of patients, families, care team members, students, faculty and staff remains the number one priority. The MUSC Public Affairs and Media Relations department will issue weekly COVID-19 updates on Mondays until further notice. 


Contact Tracing App

Researchers publish a roadmap for rolling out a COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app at a large public university in South Carolina.

‘We’re here 24/7’

Late nights are a given for team working to get COVID test results out ASAP during Omicron surge.


MUSC Health has vaccine appointments for all eligible individuals age 5 and up. Visit to make an appointment. The community is encouraged to monitor for COVID-19 vaccine availability criteria, updates and FAQs. 

For more information related to public, community vaccination sites operated by MUSC Health throughout the state, please visit Homebound individuals who need in-home COVID-19 vaccination services should contact DHEC’s COVID-19 vaccine information line by calling 1-866-365-8110. All calls must be routed through the DHEC COVID-19 vaccine information line to access this program.  

MUSC Health vaccination administration data is available upon request. 

For comprehensive information about hospital and mobile locations for COVID-19 testing, visit


Down 43%

As COVID cases drop more than 40% over past seven days in Charleston area, a scientist predicts what’s likely to happen in the coming months.

The MUSC COVID-19 Epidemiology Intelligence Project is a digital dashboard that provides leading indicators related to the COVID-19 epidemic to enable informed decisions. 


Previously reported data points, such as the total COVID-19 community screening tests completed by MUSC Health- Charleston and the number of positive cases determined via those tests, the number of  telehealth screenings, total number of specimens collected at various mobile sites, or vaccinated vs. unvaccinated inpatient information are available upon request. 

  • Total number of COVID patients (MUSC Health – Charleston): 153
    • MUSC Health monitors these number to determine that we have current and future capacity in terms of health care providers, supplies, ventilators and PPE. Reported numbers are consistent with the modeling and expectation that MUSC Health will have appropriate resources to manage these patients. 
    • Of the 153 COVID-related inpatients currently in the MUSC Health-Charleston location, 41 are in MUSC Health COVID-19 intensive care, with 23 of the 153 total inpatients currently receiving ventilator care for disease progression.
    • Of the 153 inpatients at the MUSC Health – Charleston location, 6 pediatric patients are in the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Two pediatric patients are in pediatric intensive care with neither of those patients receiving ventilator care for disease progression.
    • Unvaccinated vs. vaccinated adult inpatient status: Approximately 58% of current adult inpatients were unvaccinated upon admission.
    • MUSC Health – Charleston has reopened COVID-19 care units in the University Hospital system. Additional units may be activated as needed. 

For specific information about MUSC Health Florence or Marion Medical Centers, please contact Kim Geiger at

For information about MUSC Health Chester or Lancaster Medical Centers, please contact Ashley Shannon at

For information about MUSC Health Columbia Medical Centers Downtown or Northeast and MUSC Health Fairfield Emergency and Imaging, please contact Karlin Ferguson at

For information about MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center, please contact Karlin Ferguson at


About MUSC 

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is home to the oldest medical school in the South as well as the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center, with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. MUSC brought in more than $328 million in biomedical research funds in fiscal year 2021, continuing to lead the state in obtaining this funding. For information on academic programs, visit


As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safe patient care while training generations of compassionate, competent health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Care team members provide care for patients at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and 5 additional hospital locations in development, more than 300 telehealth sites and nearly 750 care locations situated in the Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate regions of South Carolina. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $4.4 billion. The close to 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, students, specialty providers, affiliates and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology solutions and patient care.