What you need to know: South Carolina governor Henry McMaster and his wife first lady Peggy McMaster both received their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine Monday morning. McMaster made the announcement via Twitter. He specified that a CVS pharmacy in Columbia, S.C., administered the first of two doses to the couple.
Gov. McMaster tested positive for coronavirus in December 2020 just a few days after attending a White House event.
Throughout the state, nearly 40% of residents have received one vaccine dose and 26.7% have completed vaccination. To achieve herd immunity, the state needs to have 70%-80% of individuals fully vaccinated, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said in a press release. Once the state gets to this point, DHEC says certain health practices, like social distancing and wearing masks, can be relaxed.
Latest COVID-19 data
South Carolina health officials reported 518 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Monday, with 13 confirmed deaths.
With 15,887 tests reported Monday, 4.4% were positive.
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 476,123 (+518)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 42,075 (+32)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 16,950 (+22)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 17,137 (+10)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,235 (+13)