Courtesy MUSC

The federal government warned states in the Southeast on Thursday that additional shipments of vaccines may be delayed as a result of severe weather.

Two major shipping hubs for vaccines in this region, the Memphis FedEx and Louisville UPS facilities, could see delays impacting the ability to send doses to other southeastern states, according to a press release from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

As a result, DHEC issued warnings that some providers may to need to reschedule vaccine appointments. The state will still receive its regular weekly allotment, but the shipment could arrive a few days later than anticipated.

The state has currently distributed about 80% of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines received and 30% of Moderna vaccines, which were originally being administered only in long-term care facilities.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday that 10.3% of new tests came back positive — 1,428 new cases out of 20,613 individual tests.

An additional 84 confirmed deaths were also announced, bringing the statewide death toll to 7,010.

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