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What you need to know today: Vaccination rates in Southern states lags behind the rest of the country with Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi have the lowest rates. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, South Carolina ranks 40th on the list, with just 35.16% of state residents being fully vaccinated. Vermont has the highest rate with 59.46% of the population vaccinated.

These numbers, updated Thursday, June 10, were reported after the S.C. House decided to leave a vaccine lottery option out of the state budget for this fiscal year. Source: The New York Times, Becker’s Hospital Review

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 189 total cases of the coronavirus on Thursday (119 confirmed, 70 probable), with zero confirmed deaths.

With 5,507 tests reported Thursday, 3.0% were positive.

Source: DHEC

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 492,633 (+119)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 43,891 (+5)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,936 (+5)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 18,263 (+5)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,602 (+0)