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After the statewide death toll surpassed 5,000 yesterday, an additional 15 deaths were reported on Monday. Out of 10,481 test results reported on Monday, 3,492 were positive.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine continues to be distributed throughout the state with 43,227 doses already administered from the 129,675 original doses received. The distribution rate of vaccines is about 33%, still significantly above the national average of 19%. This week, South Carolina began receiving a second round of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with 16,575 additional doses reported by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

In the Charleston tri-county area, the relative rate of cases lags other areas of the state. Charleston County’s 22,543 cases comes out to 5,479.5 per 100,000 people. For comparison, in the state’s highest-population county, Greenville, 39,457 positive cases mean 7,536.55 cases per 100,000 people.

Testing is still taking place in many accessible areas throughout the Lowcountry and the rest of the state.

The Charleston International Airport will host free testing this week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the new parking garage. Find other testing areas by visiting scdhec.gov/findatest.