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The impulse to save our most cherished moments is a powerful force. When you ask people to choose three possessions to save from a burning house, one of the most common answers is a photo album.

Maybe that’s because photographs tell the stories of our lives – a timeline of memories filled with faces we love and places we have been. Photos speak directly to our emotions; they capture our attention and give us the power to show people who we are and what we do.

When composed professionally, they shine a light on our personalities, relationships, and families. After all, every human emotion has a place in photography.

Whether you need to steal someone’s attention with a stunning headshot or want to save your most loving family moments, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Greenville, SC I delight in the adventure of photography. I constantly immerse myself in whatever genre I’m shooting and seek new ways of bonding with my subjects to provide them with a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Unlike other photographers, I use my technical knowledge of photography, ability to connect with people, and artistic creativity to produce memorable photos for my clients. I believe that providing folks with a client-centric experience sets me apart from other photographers in Greenville.

Some professionals may be wonderful composers but cannot understand what their customers want. Others are great at connecting but don’t have the training or experience to make their work truly special.

When you choose Adam Chandler Photography, rest assured that you are hiring a photographer with creativity, imagination, and a keen eye for detail. You won’t ever have to worry about sacrificing one quality for another.

I have a wide range of professional experience in the world of photography. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of subjects, from local families to corporate business professionals in the Lowcountry. As a photographer in Greenville with more than a decade of experience, my top priority is not only to capture beautiful images but also to provide you with a relaxing, enjoyable photography session.

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Your family is probably the single most important part of your life. From children to grandparents, and even nieces and nephews, building a strong family bond secures your legacy for the future.

You will grow and change with your family throughout life and encounter many memorable milestones along the way.  One of the best ways to document these milestones and relive your memories is with a family photo session.

I love family photography and strive to pour my soul and creativity into each shoot. While each session is different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the unique personality, affection, and energy of each family so I can provide authentic, engaging pictures and a uniquely fun experience.

Whether you have a newborn baby that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Greenville is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches – Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places – Washington Square, Broad Street, Ravenel Bridge
  • Historical Sites – Greenville Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Greenville, the Holy City is a wonderful place in which to immerse yourself with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Greenville, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much is the opportunity to get creative. I gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for – be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a relaxed style of direction to get your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that are full of life and happiness.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

With each year that passes, we grow – both literally in size and also in mind. Having annual family photographs helps document the advancements and growth you have in life. Family photography in Greenville is a great way to remember the quirks or personality traits in your children, or to immortalize an important event like a high school graduation. Since we grow and change so fast, many families arrange for yearly family photo sessions to see their family’s growth year over year.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are achieved. From a child’s first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember such happy events than with photographs. Whether you are welcoming a new puppy into your life or just landed the job of your dreams, celebratory pictures of your family will give you heartwarming memories for the rest of your life.

Create Memories

The smiling, radiant face of your daughter after losing her first tooth. The loving glance between newlyweds. The happy father, beaming with pride after his son scored his first touchdown. As a professional photographer in Greenville, SC, drawing out these feelings and emotions and capturing them on film is one of my greatest joys. Not because the pictures are great, but because you, as my client, will have so many years of enjoyment looking back at them.

Portraits And Headshots In Greenville, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best – whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today’s world of digital dominance, having a professional headshot or portrait of your team is becoming a necessity. It’s no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many humans just aren’t very photogenic. I know that for some clients, it can be hard posing for a professional photo; knowing their headshot or portrait might make the rounds with future employers.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots. Unlike some amateur photographers, I know how to draw out your personality to capture you at your best. I know how to compose your portrait based on the industry you work in or the goal that you have with your photoshoot. Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I advise them every step of the way – from the clothes they should wear to the expression they should have.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

Portraits And Headshots In Greenville, SC
Show Your Personality

Show Your Personality

A great headshot can help give people an idea of your personality before you sit down to meet them. For instance, a serious glance at the camera might convey determination. A big smile may say “I’m approachable.” My goal is to match your expression with your personality with every headshot or portrait I take.

Show Your Professionalism

Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are much more likely to interview you or call your business if you look professional. You have taken the time to invest in your brand, and the important people you’re sharing your headshot with will appreciate your effort.

Stand Out on Social Media

Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you are looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn, a headshot lends an air of professionalism that you won’t get with a selfie.


Show Off Your Current Look

Show Off Your Current Look

Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up to date headshots, you’re showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

Show Your Personality

Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Greenville, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning the best pieces of camera equipment. While a great camera gives clients the clearest, highest quality photos available, it won’t help me connect with my subjects. I strive to give clients a fun, enjoyable photo session. I use my knowledge and experience to help set up the perfect shot. After connecting with my client, I draw out their personality to produce a stunning final product.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I am different from my peers in the best ways possible. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

Imagination

Imagination

I consider photography to be an artform – one that requires a creative mind and heaps of imagination. A great photographer needs to be able to take something ordinary and transform it into something beautiful. A back-alley puddle is about as mundane as it gets, but with the right technique and a little imagination, it can turn into something with much more substance.

Passion

Passion

This quality might seem like a no-brainer to most, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen photography that is missing something. More often than not, the photographer isn’t passionate about the subject or model that he or she is photographing.

Patience

Patience

Patience is an essential quality for all great photographers. Some days, picture lighting won’t cooperate. Other days, it’s hard to get that big happy smile from younger clients. That’s why patience and flexibility are so important. As a professional with years of experience, I understand that I must have the patience to deal with whatever comes my way and the flexibility to make the most out of any situation.


People Skills

People Skills

All photographers are created differently. Some photographers are more aloof and put in the bare minimum effort when it comes to speaking with clients. Others, like myself, relish the opportunity to talk with customers. That’s because interacting with subjects allows me the chance to see their vision and transform their idea into art. Talking with subjects lets me draw out their emotions and put younger subjects at ease. People skills are a must in this industry. Luckily for me, it’s one of my favorite parts of the job

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Greenville, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Every element of a photograph should be reviewed to ensure cohesiveness. You might think that a family photo session is cut and dry in terms of composition and detail, but all elements of a photograph must come together to convey the vision that my clients desire.
When you hire me as your photographer, I take all the following elements into consideration:

  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Emotion
  • Storytelling

If you have a goal you want to construe with your photographs, helping you achieve that goal is often found in the details.


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I am proud to say that I am very passionate about my work. However, I’m also passionate about giving my clients the most enjoyable, care-free photography experience possible. My passion drives me to work harder, push farther, and strive to be better every day that I wake up.

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about their vision. If you are in need of professional photography, let’s talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you’re looking for family photography in Greenville or want new headshots for your employees, I am here to help every step of the way.  

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‘60 Minutes’ came to SC to see how COVID has affected businesses in episode airing soon

Three Greenville business owners will appear on “60 Minutes” on Sunday to talk about America’s changing workforce.CBS correspondent Bill Whitaker spent several days in Greenville in November and interviewed prominent restaurateur Carl Sobocinski, contractor James Jordon and Kenzie Biggers, who owns a company that provides executive assistant services.Sobocinski said Greenville was chosen for the story because it is among ...

Three Greenville business owners will appear on “60 Minutes” on Sunday to talk about America’s changing workforce.

CBS correspondent Bill Whitaker spent several days in Greenville in November and interviewed prominent restaurateur Carl Sobocinski, contractor James Jordon and Kenzie Biggers, who owns a company that provides executive assistant services.

Sobocinski said Greenville was chosen for the story because it is among the top cities in the country that attracted residents fleeing larger cities during the pandemic.

Greenville is in the midst of a public relations campaign called “From here you can change the world,” tapping into an in-migration trend city leaders identified early in the pandemic.

The interviews were filmed at Sobocinski’s Lazy Goat restaurant overlooking the Reedy River in the heart of Greenville’s downtown. Sobocinski’s parent company, Table 301, owns several restaurants including the signature Soby’s, which opened 25 years ago as downtown’s revitalization began in earnest.

Sobocinski said he was asked about the hospitality industry’s difficulty in getting workers to come back after restaurants were closed during the pandemic. Table 301 restaurants were closed for two months.

“Most of our people came back,” he said, largely because, from the start, jobs at Soby’s were considered professional jobs, not something to do until the next gig came along. And, he said, he pays accordingly.

The 400-member workforce is smaller, and they have learned to do more with fewer people, Sobocinski said.

“People realized they can work for themselves,” he said. Some have gone to Uber or Shipd. They’re still in the service industry but setting their own hours now.

One Table 301 restaurant closed during the pandemic, Soby’s on the Side, but another, Camp, opened in a new development where the Greenville News once stood.

Biggers’ business is Worxbee., which provides executive assistants to business owners remotely. She said he started the business in 2015, long before COVID. When she started the business in Atlanta she had an office, but increasingly she saw a physical space was not necessary to have a good business culture.

People who work with her live all over the country and work with their clients remotely.

“W want to cultivate people being happy,” she said. She moved to Greenville in 2017, largely because of the support available for small business.

Jordon’s JCC has worked on construction projects around the Southeast including Shaw Air Force Base, Fort Jackson and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. He could not be reached for comment.

The “60 Minutes” episode called “The Big Quit” airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

This story was originally published January 7, 2022 1:11 PM.

DHEC asks SC residents waiting on COVID test results to call, email Care Line

This story is free to all as a public service of The Greenville News. You can support the Upstate reporters and photographers who provide this coverage and other outstanding local journalism by becoming a subscriber.For those with the luxury to plan and schedule appointments, COVID-19 testing lines in Upstate South Carolina have been quicker than some fast-food drive-thru lines in recent...

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For those with the luxury to plan and schedule appointments, COVID-19 testing lines in Upstate South Carolina have been quicker than some fast-food drive-thru lines in recent weeks. But for those who learn of potential exposure or develop symptoms and seek walk-up tests, waits of an hour or longer at a few locations have added frustration to concerns about the virus.

Dr. Linda Bell, the state's epidemiologist, said people who haven't gotten results within 72 hours should call 1-888-697-9004 or email ACC-Testing-CustomerService@dhec.sc.gov to escalate the request.

South Carolina, like other states, is in the midst of a surge of COVID-19 cases powered in part by the omicron variant, but Gov. Henry McMaster said Wednesday no closure of schools, shutdown of businesses, or mandates for facemasks or vaccines is necessary.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 6,992 confirmed and probable cases and 41 deaths on Wednesday, based on information the agency gathered on Monday. Among 15,587 COVID-19 test results, 32.7% were positive.

More than a million confirmed and probable cases have been reported in the state since the start of the pandemic.

Greenville residents in line at the COVID-19 testing site at McAlister Square on South Pleasantburg Drive — where those seeking tests could preregister online and show up but without appointments — waited for about 90 minutes to be tested Wednesday afternoon.

At Greenville Technical College's Brashier Campus in Simpsonville, another testing site that operates without appointments, the wait was an hour.

At the Civic Center in Anderson, meanwhile, also a site operating without appointments, a steady stream of testers was in and out in 10 minutes on Wednesday.

And lines at the CVS on West Georgia Road in Simpsonville, where local residents made appointments, had about five cars with manageable wait times of 15 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, according to Morgan Hayes, one of the people in line for a swab.

By Wednesday night, however, the soonest available appointment for a COVID-19 test at Greenville-area CVS locations was Monday.

The state's post-holiday surge and testing delays are largely being driven by the 20-39-year-old age group that is more socially active and less vaccinated, according to Dr. Linda Bell of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

DHEC is exploring “all potential options” to increase access to testing, officials said Wednesday.

Anna Wong said she waited two hours to get tested on Dec. 30 at McAlister Square. The tests for her and her two children took maybe two minutes to administer, she said, so she said the reason for the long wait wasn’t clear.

Her results came in Jan. 4, which was a surprise after her boyfriend, who tested the week before she did, had his results within 48 hours.

Tyler Jones made it nearly two years into the pandemic before testing for COVID-19, but he woke up Tuesday not feeling well, and his employer requested a test before he reports to work.

Pandemic in South Carolina:6,992 cases, 41 deaths, 37 children in hospital reported in South Carolina on Wednesday

“It took me forever to find somewhere to do it,” Jones said. “I called the doctor, and they said to check the DHEC website. All the pharmacies were all booked up.”

A worker at Greenville Tech’s Brashier Campus told The News that the wait for those seeking tests was expected to be 20 minutes, but Jones said he was in line for an hour before he was finally swabbed.

In the end, Jones said the experience wasn’t too bad, and he said he’d sit through it again if necessary.

The waits at certain testing sites — and the state's surge in COVID-19 cases — could continue as a surge among younger people is expected once schools have been fully back in session for a while after the holiday break, according to Bell, the state epidemiologist.

Just 8% of children ages 5-11 in South Carolina are fully vaccinated, according to DHEC.

About 41% of adults ages 20-39, the group that's factored in prominently to the surge so far this week, are fully vaccinated.

But McMaster — who's encouraged vaccination, social-distancing and masking while declining to implement mandates or stricter measures — said there is no need for strict measures or any state of emergency.

“We will not impose mandates for face masks, vaccines or anything else,” McMaster said. “The reasons are because it’s not necessary and because there’s a better way. We are now entering the third year of this virus, and it’s going to be changing, apparently, every year. But now we know how to deal with it. We know how to manage it. We have the tools to do that.”

– Tamia Boyd, Mike Ellis and Alexis Hamilton contributed to this report.

5 Awesome Spots To Go Sledding This Winter Near Greenville, SC

Can’t wait for some snow to go sledding near Greenville, SC? The Upstate doesn’t frequently see a ton of snow. When it does snow in the Upstate, it’s usually just a dusting that melts after a few hours and makes sledding and building that lifesize snowman difficult. Luckily, Western North Carolina and North Georgia do see a fair amount of snowfall and both are just a few hours’ drive away! You can head out for a day trip to play in the snow! Here are 5 spots not far from Greenville where you can enjoy some winter ...

Can’t wait for some snow to go sledding near Greenville, SC? The Upstate doesn’t frequently see a ton of snow. When it does snow in the Upstate, it’s usually just a dusting that melts after a few hours and makes sledding and building that lifesize snowman difficult. Luckily, Western North Carolina and North Georgia do see a fair amount of snowfall and both are just a few hours’ drive away! You can head out for a day trip to play in the snow! Here are 5 spots not far from Greenville where you can enjoy some winter fun, for free!

Looking for a bit more excitement? Head to the Kidding Around list of The Best Ski Slopes and Snow Tubing Near Greenville

Brevard, North Carolina

*Distance – Approximately 1 Hour from the UpstateThe Pisgah National Forest offers visitors plenty of space to play in the snow and pull sleds around. One reader suggested the area behind Calvary Baptist Church for the perfect sledding hill.

Rabun Gap, Georgia

*Distance – Approximately 2 Hours from the UpstateRabun Gap – Nacoochee School in Rabun, Georgia was recommended by a reader as a great place to go sledding! Check out what the ground looks like with the view on these traffic cameras in Rabun County.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School has the most amazing hil that is the BEST for free sledding”

Alexandra W. B.

The Parkway, North Carolina

*Distance – Varies 1-3+ Hours from the UpstateMoses H. Cone Memorial Park Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers a safe spot for sledding, but getting to this spot might be tricky depending on the road conditions. The Parkway often closes during inclement weather, making reaching certain spots along this highway difficult to access. This is both a curse and a blessing. The Blue Ridge Parkway being shut down offers families a unique opportunity to sled right on the road. For up-to-the-minute road closure information, head to the Road Closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway page. To take a peek at what Milepost 241 on the Parkway looks like, head to the Bluffs Restaurant Webcam.

For more safety tips and info about The Blue Ridge Parkway in winter, head to the Blue Ridge Parkway Facebook page.

Beech Mountain, North Carolina

*Distance – Approximately 2.5 Hours from the UpstateJust north of Banner Elk, The mountain top town of Beech Mountain is most famous for being the home of The Land of Oz. In addition to the Beech Mountain Ski Resort, the city offers a free sledding hill next to the Beech Mountain Visitors Center. The Sledding Hill is open seven days a week, weather permitting and requires the use of a plastic sled. If you don’t have one handy, you can purchase or rent one from several of the ski shops around the mountain.

There is so much to see and do in Beech Mountain, while this is close enough to be a day trip, you will want to stay and explore! Check out the live Beech Mountain webcam, and the Buckeye Lake webcam to see the local conditions before you head out.

Boone, North Carolina

*Distance – Approximately 2.5 Hours from the UpstateNear the eastern Tennesse border, Boone North Carolina sees its fair share of snow. Depending on the driving conditions, this is an easy day trip to make for a day playing in the snow. Alternatively, you could plan a last-minute weekend getaway and stay overnight to play in the snow even longer. Head to The town of Boone’s webcam so you can check up on the snow status in real-time!

Boone Jaycee Park & Strawberry Hill Overlook is a public park that offers sledding on Strawberry Hill. Be sure to stop for a bathroom break before you head to the park because the restrooms are closed during the winter months.

Blowing Rock, North Carolina has several parks that offer a great opportunity for snow play! Blowing Rock Memorial Park has surfaces for older kids to slide down, as well as plenty of open flat areas for snow-play and building snow-folks.

*Approximate drive times are calculated from the Greenville/Spartanburg Airport and can vary based on road conditions. Please check for road closures and hazards before heading to a location listed here during or immediately after inclement weather.

Where to Find Boys’ Dance Classes Near Greenville, SC

Have a boy who likes to dance? It can be hard to be the only boy in a dance class, and as a result, many boys don’t want to try a dance class. But Kidding Around’s Melanie Coblentz found a few studios in Spartanburg and Greenville that offer dance classes just for boys. Below you’ll find a list of places where boys will find dance classes just for them. Giving Your Son The Gift Of DanceJustin TimberlakeUsherMax & Val ChmerkovskiyTwitchIf you recognize any of the names on this list, it&rsq...

Have a boy who likes to dance? It can be hard to be the only boy in a dance class, and as a result, many boys don’t want to try a dance class. But Kidding Around’s Melanie Coblentz found a few studios in Spartanburg and Greenville that offer dance classes just for boys. Below you’ll find a list of places where boys will find dance classes just for them.

Giving Your Son The Gift Of Dance

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If you recognize any of the names on this list, it’s most likely for their dancing skills. Their impressive dancing skills.

As adults, we all wish to impress on the dance floor at weddings and other functions. Why not give your son the gift of dance at a young age? Whether they continue with dance lessons to a professional level, the things they learn can be applied elsewhere.

Boy-Exclusive Dance Classes

Most dance studios will accept boys into any class they offer, but having a class exclusively made up of boys allows some boys to learn better. My son has been in dance classes with several different studios for half of his life. We have found he receives more attention and instruction in the classes just for boys.

Dance offers so many benefits:

If dance is something that your son has a passion for, the opportunities are endless. Scholarships, grants, and other opportunities are almost thrown at male dancers because there are so few of them.

Studios in Spartanburg with Dance Classes Just for Boys

3D Centre of the Arts | 9133 Warren H Abernathy Highway, Spartanburg

My son is in his 3rd year at 3D Centre of the Arts, LLC! We love it!

Genevieve C

Backstage Dance Connection | 3236 Parris Bridge Road, Boiling Springs

Emmanuel Arts | 19 North Main Street, Inman

Studios in Greenville with Dance Classes Just for Boys

International Ballet Academy | 1018 South Batesville Road, Greer

Dance Without Limits | 115 Pelham Road – Suite 24, Greenville

Studios in the Upstate that Offer Gender Inclusive Classes

These studios offer classes where the boys are taught alongside the girls, but the boys still get equal attention in instruction.

Carolina Dance Collaborative | Classes at Upstate YMCA locations

International Dance Academy | 1225 Pendleton Street – Suite 8, Greenville

If a school you are interested in is not listed here, call and talk to them. If no one ever asks for boy-only classes, studios won’t offer them. It can’t hurt to ask!

Residents urged to stay home on New Year's Eve as SC faces 'flat-out alarming' COVID surge

This story is free to all as a public service of The Greenville News, Spartanburg Herald-Journal and Anderson Independent Mail. You can support the Upstate reporters and photographers who are providing this COVID-19 coverage and other outstanding local journalism by becoming a subscriber.A top state health official urged residents Thursday to avoid large New Year's Eve celebrations as South Carolina faces a "flat-out alarming" surge in COVID-19 cases."Please consider staying home for the N...

This story is free to all as a public service of The Greenville News, Spartanburg Herald-Journal and Anderson Independent Mail. You can support the Upstate reporters and photographers who are providing this COVID-19 coverage and other outstanding local journalism by becoming a subscriber.

A top state health official urged residents Thursday to avoid large New Year's Eve celebrations as South Carolina faces a "flat-out alarming" surge in COVID-19 cases.

"Please consider staying home for the New Year's Eve celebrations so COVID-19 can't impact you and the people that you love," said Dr. Brannon Traxler, public health director for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, during a media briefing.

She also renewed the call for residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. More than 40% of South Carolina residents are not yet fully vaccinated.

"We urge our residents not to waste time. Protect yourselves and your families against this deadly virus and the variants," Traxler said.

Her comments came after DHEC reported a total of 5,911 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases based on tests conducted Tuesday. According to DHEC, 20.5% percent of those COVID-19 tests came back positive.

On Friday, DHEC announced 8,882 new cases of COVID-19 (6,319 confirmed, 2,563 probable), 19 new deaths (14 confirmed, 5 probable) and a percent positive of 25.6%.

"Early data is showing that we will eclipse that mark in tomorrow's report. And we'll likely see the soaring numbers in the days and weeks following New Year's Eve and Day," Traxler said.

"This is no time to mince words," she said. "This is flat-out alarming for our state."

Greenville County, which is the state's most populated county, had the second-highest number of new cases, according to the test results DHEC released Friday. The county had 854 confirmed positive COVID-19 tests and 221 probable cases, for an overall total of 1,075.

DHEC reported 341 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Spartanburg, with 298 new cases in Anderson County and 202 in Pickens County.

Richland County had the highest statewide total with 1,375 total confirmed and probable cases.

"We do not want to start 2022, our third year of COVID-19, with record numbers of hospitalizations and deaths," Traxler said. "But we're unfortunately headed in that direction."

According to data released Wednesday night by DHEC, 833 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in South Carolina, a 38% increase from the previous week. DHEC also reported 161 new hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients, an increase of nearly 79% from the prior week.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care and those using ventilators to breathe also has increased in the past week.

South Carolina's latest surge in COVID-19 began earlier this month as the highly transmissible Omicron variant began to take hold throughout the U.S.

The Medical University of South Carolina reported Wednesday that Omicron now accounts for the majority of positive cases in its testing lab — 61% as of Christmas Eve.

"We know that the Omicron variant is spreading all throughout our state," Traxler said.

According to recent data, the Omicron variant accounts for more than 73% of new COVID-19 infections in the nation.

Most of the U.S. is showing high rates of transmission. Northern states such as New York, Illinois, Wisconsin as well as Florida, Georgia and Alabama are among areas hardest hit.

While there are indications that the Omicron variant is less likely than the Delta variant to cause severe illness, Traxler said the "jury is very much still out" as to whether that will be the case in South Carolina.

Traxler also said the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases could pose problems for the state's healthcare system.

"Certainly when we see large numbers of cases, even if a lot of them are mild or moderate, you still, based on sheer volume, are going to have a higher number of severe cases," she said. "And that can overwhelm hospitals."

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