Photo by Mat Napo on Unsplash

What to know today: Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is down in South Carolina, and state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell urged vaccine skeptics to reconsider their position in a Wednesday column. Bell touched on the small incidence of breakthrough cases, saying that just 155 of the 1.7 million S.C. residents (0.00013%) who have received at least one vaccine dose later became infected.

“Simply put, the positive effects of the vaccines far outweigh the small risk of getting COVID-19 once you’ve been vaccinated,” she wrote. Source: The Sumter Item 

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 397 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, with 11 confirmed deaths.

With 10,038 tests reported Wednesday, 5.5% were positive.

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

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 483,975 (+397)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 42,938 (+18)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,441 (+10)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 17,694 (+4)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,396 (+11)