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What you need to know this week: South Carolina announced new COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming school year, based on guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control. Schools are being encouraged to fully open to in-person classes “to the greatest extent possible,” masks should be worn by not fully vaccinated and other social-distanced and medical protocols are suggested by state health officials for the coming year. Source: DHEC

After Gov. Henry McMaster joined other national Republican leaders in criticizing President Joe Biden’s efforts to encourage vaccination by going door to door, McMaster was singled out by White House press secretary Jen Psaki for his handling of the pandemic.

“That the failure to provide accurate public health information including the efficacy of vaccines, and the accessibility of them to people across the country including South Carolina is literally killing people,” Psaki said. “So, maybe they should consider that.” Source: WYFF-TV

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 599 total cases of the coronavirus between Friday, July 2 and Friday, July 9. Six new deaths were reported this week. The percent positive, as of July 9, was 4.7%.

Percentage of S.C. residents with at least 1 vaccine.: 49%
Percentage of S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 43%

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