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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced another 2,139 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, marking the sixth-straight day of cases exceeding 2,000. DHEC also reported 26 new deaths due to COVID-19.

Out of 10,411 tests counted statewide, 20.5% were positive.

At a Wednesday press conference, Gov. Henry McMaster provided updates on the state’s response to COVID-19, reiterating that most South Carolinians would not be vaccinated for months. DHEC chief epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell stressed the importance of wearing masks and continuing to practice social distancing and other prevention measures.

“As the governor has commented on, it’s going to be quite some time before we will realize the promise of having significant coverage for the majority of our population in S.C. that would allow us to stop the prevention measures we are recommending,” she said.

MUSC announced it would conduct free COVID-19 testing at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Friday, as cases continue to rise across South Carolina. Fetter Health Care will also offer rapid tests via its mobile units on Dec. 10, 17, 22 and 29.