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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Though the number of total COVID-19 deaths in South Carolina dropped slightly Friday, the number in the Pee Dee held steady and the number in Florence County grew.

In the state, 98 deaths (70 confirmed) were reported, down nine from the previous day.

In the Pee Dee, 11 deaths (eight confirmed) were reported, the same as the previous day.

In Florence County, seven deaths (six confirmed) were reported, up from four (three confirmed) the previous day.

One confirmed death and one probable death were reported Friday in Williamsburg County. One confirmed death was reported in Dillon County, and one probable death was reported in Darlington County.

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Statewide, 2,766 total cases were reported Friday (1,951 confirmed).

In the Pee Dee, 182 cases were reported (110 confirmed).

Florence County led the region with 75 total cases (53 confirmed). Dillon County was next (29 total cases, 20 confirmed), followed by Marlboro County (27/8), Marion County (18/15), Darlington County (18/5) and Williamsburg County (15/9).

The state’s cumulative totals now are 691,257 confirmed cases, 169,112 probable cases, 10,900 confirmed deaths and 1,670 probable deaths.

The state reported that 31,152 tests were conducted Monday with 9.1% positivity. To date, 10,941,573 COVID-19 tests have been administered in South Carolina.

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


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FLORENCE, S.C. – Beginning Friday, Florence One Schools students will not be required to wear masks. Florence One Schools Board Chairman Porter Stewart confirmed at Thursday evening's board of trustees meeting that the 60-day mask mandate implemented by the board in August will expire and that control over masks will return to the administration. Superintendent Rich O'Malley said at the meeting that the administration's policy would be to follow the recommendations of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to strongly recommend but not mandate masks in the district's schools. 

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