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Confirmed coronavirus cases continue to drop in Pee Dee

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — More than two new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in only one Pee Dee County on Tuesday.

That was Florence County, which had four of the region’s 11 confirmed cases and one of the region’s five probable case.

Darlington and Dillon counties reported only two confirmed cases. Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties each reported one confirmed case.

Darlington County reported three probable cases. Dillon County reported one.

Statewide, 116 new confirmed cases and 63 probable cases were reported, plus three confirmed deaths and one probable death.

No deaths were reported in the Pee Dee.

The state’s cumulative totals now are 491,760 confirmed cases, 101,502 probable cases, 8,575 confirmed deaths and 1,161 probable deaths.

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To date, 7,887,296 COVID-19 tests have been administered in South Carolina. State health officials reported that 6,265 people were tested Saturday. The positivity rate was 2.6%.

As of Saturday, 3,382,530 vaccination doses have been received in South Carolina. Of that, 1,922,081 South Carolina residents have received at least one dose (44.7%) and 1,584,083 are fully vaccinated (36.9%).

Of the 11,224 inpatient hospital beds in South Carolina, 8,158 are occupied (72.68%). Of those, 227 are occupied by COVID-19 patients (2.78%).

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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FLORENCE, S.C. – Two Florence One high schools will have at least one new assistant principal next year. The Florence One Schools Board of Trustees approved administratively recommended new hires during its June 17 board meeting. “We are happy to have all of these administrators coming on board,” said Florence 1 Schools Superintendent Richard O’Malley. “Administrators play a vital role in our school community and we look forward to the fresh ideas they will bring to their schools and the district.”

FLORENCE, S.C. – A former Florence County Sheriff's deputy will spend a year and a day in federal prison for his involvement in an illegal gambling ring in Florence and Williamsburg counties. Mark Edward Fuleihan, 49, of Florence, was sentenced by Chief Judge R. Bryan Harwell of the District of South Carolina Thursday morning following an earlier guilty plea for operating an illegal gambling business. Fuleihan will serve a three-year term of court-ordered supervision following his release from prison. 

FLORENCE, S.C. – The leadership of Florence One Schools will mostly remain the same. The school district's board of trustees voted unanimously last Thursday evening upon the motion of Chairman Porter Stewart to give Dr. Richard O'Malley an "extremely effective" evaluation for recently ended school year. Stewart's motion also included at one-time bonus of $15,000 and amends to O'Malley's contract to extend it until June 30, 2024 and beginning next month to have the district make O'Malley's retirement contribution to the state retirement program. 

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Five graveyards have been found on a property located north of Florence in Darlington County. Brian Gandy, director of the Darlington County Historical Commission, and Jim Frederick, a professor at Clemson University, announced Monday that they used historic records, old maps and aerial photographs and site exploration to relocate five graveyards at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center which is located adjacent to Dargans Pond near the Pee Dee River. 

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