Note: Starting Saturday, S.C. DHEC is no longer reporting COVID-19 updates over the weekend.
What you need to know today: The home stretch of delivering coronavirus shots has become a marathon, with health officials showing up at stores, parks and factories to entice people who might not go to vaccination sites.
Vaccination rates have continued to fall below officials’ hopes, turning the last leg of the vaccination campaign into a slog and threatening President Joe Biden’s goal of getting shots to at least 70% of adults by July 4. Source: The Washington Post
Latest COVID-19 data
South Carolina health officials reported 214 total cases of the coronavirus on Friday (156 confirmed, 58 probable), with 16 confirmed deaths.
With 9,903 tests reported Friday, 2.1% were positive.
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 492,737 (+156)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 43,894 (+3)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,938 (+2)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 18,272 (+9)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,616 (+16)