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S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control won’t report COVID-19 cases until Wednesday, but hospitals are already reporting a post-Christmas surge in the Pee Dee and testing sites in the Lowcountry have experienced long lines. Other experts in South Carolina are warning that New Year’s Eve celebrations could cause a further spike. More: WCSC, WPDE

In other headlines:

Series of small earthquakes reported Monday in Columbia area. A series of mild earthquakes rumbled across central South Carolina on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, rattling windowpanes and disrupting wildlife but causing no apparent injuries or major damage. So, of course, there is also a story about what would happen in the state if we saw a repeat of the 1886 earthquake (spoiler alert: billions in damage, utilities down for months). More: AP News, WPDE, The State

Charleston Co. mechanic gives away 12 cars for Christmas. Mechanic Eliot Middleton has worked to fix and giveaway 12 vehicles to those in need in the lead-up to Christmas. More: WCSC

How rising seas could threaten S.C.’s oyster industry. Restaurant owners and oyster harvesters are watching as sea levels rise along the South Carolina coast. More: Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Tepid winter weather makes record books in Charleston. Temperatures hit a record high in downtown Charleston over the holiday weekend — beating out the previous record heat in 1982. More: The Post and Courier

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