S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster insisted Thursday South Carolina’s seniors should be ahead of teachers in getting a COVID-19 vaccine, but senators could move to overrule him.
Meanwhile, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 2,745 new cases of the coronavirus and 54 confirmed deaths Friday. With 64,042 tests reported, 11.2% were positive.
Luxor Scientific in Greenville reported approximately 26,834 negative and positive test results to DHEC on Feb. 2, covering Dec. 22-Jan. 16. They are reflected in today’s cumulative numbers and are assigned to the day each result was reported by the lab to the health care provider, according to DHEC.
Whether it’s possible for legislators to overrule McMaster depends partly on how quickly the law could pass. A final vote in the state Senate is expected for Feb. 9 and would send the bill to the House, where its fate is uncertain.
McMaster said he could veto it if it does reach his desk, though its sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, said that wouldn’t be wise.