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What you need to know today: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in collaboration with South Carolina ETV (SCETV) will host a live town hall on Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m. The purpose of the televised event, called A Shot of Hop: COVID-19 Vaccine Community Town Hall, is to allow residents to directly ask vaccine-related questions to public health officials.

“We recognize that South Carolinians have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. We also know that there is a lot of misinformation and mistrust when it comes to vaccines in general,” DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer said in a press release, “These conversations give our community leaders and residents the chance to have an open discussion about their concerns, have their questions answered by public health experts, and gain the tools they need to help educate and inform others about the importance of getting vaccinated.”

If you would like to submit a question, you can send an email to vaccinetownhall@scdhec.gov.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 336 total cases of the coronavirus on Monday (229 confirmed, 107 probable), with confirmed deaths.

With 8,790 tests reported Monday, 3.5% were positive.

Source: Department of Health and Environmental Control, Institute for Health Metrics

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 489,047 (+229)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 43,525 (+18)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,712 (+8)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 18,023 (+18)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,500 (+1)