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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 655 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, the state’s lowest case count since Nov. 9 when it recorded 586 cases. There were 50 deaths related to the virus Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed statewide deaths to 7,248 since the onset of the pandemic.

Out of 9,746 tests reported today statewide, 9.1% were positive. A total of 5,574,327 tests have been administered since the start of the pandemic.

While cases are down, South Carolina is still trying to find solutions to get more vaccines into people’s arms, especially in rural areas. To help with vaccine distribution, Charleston County announced a partnership with Fetter Health Care Network. A vaccine clinic was held for Phase1A individuals at the St. Paul’s Hollywood Library Tuesday, and another will take place at the Colleton County Recreation Center in Walterboro on Thursday, Feb. 18.

As of Wednesday, South Carolina has administered 70.8% of the 970,750 doses it has received.