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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's total COVID-19 case load Wednesday continued to hang at about 500 cases but the positivity rate from testing shot up to close to 8%, according to figures released by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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South Carolina, for the reporting period that ended Monday, reported 324 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 178 probable cases, six confirmed deaths and three probable deaths.

The Pee Dee for the period reported a dozen cases with Florence accounting for half of them with six cases. All other Pee Dee counties -- Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg -- reported one case each.

For the reporting period the state tallied 6,250 test with a positivity rating of 7.9%.

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