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40% of SC residents are fully vaccinated from coronavirus

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — On a day when South Carolina reached the 2 million mark of people who have received at least one coronavirus vaccine dose, the state reached the 40% mark of residents who are fully vaccinated.

On Thursday, state health officials reported that 3,582,395 vaccination doses have been received in South Carolina. Of that, 2,000,459 South Carolina residents have received at least one dose (46.6%) and 1,716,413 are fully vaccinated (40%).

Nine of the 94 new confirmed coronavirus cases and three of the 70 probable cases reported Thursday in the state were from the Pee Dee.

Florence County reported three new confirmed cases and one probable case. Marion County also reported three new confirmed cases. Dillon County reported two cases. Marlboro County reported one confirmed case and one probable case. Darlington County reported one probable case.

The state reported four new confirmed deaths and two probable deaths. None was in the Pee Dee.

The state’s cumulative totals now are 492,620 confirmed cases, 102,741 probable cases, 8,617 confirmed deaths and 1,173 probable deaths.

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To date, 8,056,098 COVID-19 tests have been administered in South Carolina. State health officials reported that 5,056 people were tested Tuesday. The positivity rate was 2.7%.

Of the 11,292 inpatient hospital beds in South Carolina, 8,587 are occupied (79.59%). Of those, 136 are occupied by COVID-19 patients (1.51%).

DHEC has established a COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line — 1-866-365-8110 — to assist residents in scheduling their COVID vaccinations.

The new vaccine information line launched with 240 phone operators and is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. People who have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines or who need help finding vaccine providers and their contact information are asked to call the DHEC COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line.

DHEC also established a Care Line — 1-855-472-3432.

The Care Line maintains the same hours of operations at the vaccine information line, easily remembered as 7-7-7: available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

The Care Line assists people with general questions about COVID-19, testing, or who need to schedule an appointment at a DHEC health department for SC STRONG appointments, family planning, well-child checkups, WIC services, HIV/STD screening, and other health department services.


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