What you need to know today: With only 34% of South Carolina’s population currently vaccinated, the House plans to discuss implementing a vaccine lottery as seen in other states next week. If passed, this program would offer $1 million in prizes as an incentive for residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Source: AP News

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 211 total cases of the coronavirus on Thursday (122 confirmed, 89 probable), with four confirmed deaths.

With 4,383 tests reported Thursday, 3.6% were positive.

Source: DHEC

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 492,005 (+122)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 43,833 (+11)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,893 (+0)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 18,221(+3)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,580 (+4)

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