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Here’s what to know in South Carolina on April 8

We are tracking the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccines in South Carolina. Check back for updates.

Cases exceed 468,000

At least 468,939 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in South Carolina and 8,118 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.

SC’s Ministry of Health and Environmental Control reported 324 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, up from 358 reported the day before.

Six coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Wednesday.

At least 533 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 on Wednesday, including 138 in intensive care units.

As of Wednesday, 7.9% of COVID-19 tests were positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 5% or less means there is a low level of community spread.

More than 2.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in South Carolina, and more than 819,000 people in the state have “completed the vaccination” on Monday, when the latest data was released.

Opening of a walk-in vaccination site in Bluffton

Bluffton’s Buckwalter Recreation Center is now a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site, Island Packet reported.

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare uses the facilities at 905 Buckwalter Parkway and will offer walk-in availability from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Those who prefer to make an appointment for the vaccination can still do so online by clicking here.

Chester County to Host Three Mass Vaccination Events

Residents of Chester County will soon be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine at one of three mass vaccination sites, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

The University of South Carolina Health (MUSC) will host two drive-through events and one walk-in event this week. The first drive-up event will take place at a local church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

An appointment is required.

To learn more about other vaccination events, read the full story here.

The Midlands School District plexiglass shields ditches

Students in Lexington School District 1 will no longer have to look at their teacher and classmates through plexiglass dividers, The State reported.

Superintendent Greg Little said the district will remove virus barriers starting April 19. The clear shields were designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Due to the current low number of positive cases in our district, we believe there are benefits to removing plexiglass,” Little said in an email to parents this week.

Other safety precautions will remain in place, including wearing a mask and social distancing.

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