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South Carolina health officials hope a $47 million allotment from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will help the state vaccinate more residents in rural and minority communities. According to the Associated Press, “75% of the total funding has to go toward programs and initiatives aimed at getting more vaccines into racial and ethnic minority communities.”

The “award,” which is part of a $3 billion nationwide funding effort by the federal government, was announced on Tuesday. One example of a use for the funds would be training people to go door-to-door to help people schedule their vaccine appointments, the AP reports.

On Wednesday, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 324 new cases of COVID-19 and six new confirmed deaths. Of the 6,250 tests, 7.9% came back positive.

As of Wednesday, 2,169,505 doses have been received by South Carolina residents, and 20% of the state is now fully vaccinated.