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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that South Carolina’s average of 63.8 new cases per 100,000 tests over the last seven days is the highest of any state in the nation. Texas reported the second highest with 60.7, followed by Arkansas with 54.3.

Source: CDC

Monday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 1,510 cases out of 31,266 new tests — a percent positive of 7.0%

Though percent positive rates in S.C. appear lower than in the past few weeks, this change is a result of a new of method of calculation implemented by DHEC, bringing S.C. in line with other states using similar calculations.

Starting Monday, individuals aged 65 and up are eligible to receive their vaccinations. State health officials encourage people get vaccinated when possible and continue to practice recommended health guidelines such as wearing masks and social distancing — even after getting vaccinated.

To make a vaccine appointment, you can visit scdhec.gov/vaccineappointments. Fetter Health Care Network will also be hosting vaccine clinics in Berkley County this week on Tues. Feb. 9 and Wed. Feb. 10.