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Colombia — A new federal community vaccine center capable of administering 7,000 COVID-19 vaccines per week will be operational at Columbia Place Mall by April 14.

The White House announced plans for a new center on April 5th. According to a news release, federal teams have been deployed to work with state and local jurisdictions.

The federal government will provide limited direct vaccine allocation to the site through FEMA during the pilot period. The center complies with South Carolina vaccine eligibility requirements.

Gracia Szczech, Administrator of FEMA Region IV, said: “Opening a regional vaccination center at Columbia Place Mall will help make that happen.”

The goal of the Joint Federal Pilot Center is to continue to increase vaccination rates while ensuring that communities at high risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection are not left behind. New sites were also announced in Pueblo, Colorado and St. Paul, Minnesota.

The SC Health and Environment Administration has identified Richland County as in high demand for vaccines. According to the White House, the county has a population of over 408,000 and a vaccination rate of about 30 percent.

State-wide figures

New case reported: 641 is confirmed and 345 is possible.

Total number of SC cases: 467,750 have been identified and 88,719 are possible.

Positive percentage: 4.4 percent.

New reported deaths: 7 is confirmed and 1 is possible.

Total Deaths in South Carolina: 8,111 have been confirmed and there is a possibility of 1,092.

Percentage of filled ICU beds: 69.3 percent.

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How are the SCs for vaccines given per 100,000 people ranked?

44 days as of April 4 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..

The most hit area

Greenville County (104), Charleston County (56), and Richland County (51) had the highest total number of newly identified cases.

How about the three counties?

There were 56 new cases in Charleston County on April 5, 24 in Berkeley and 20 in Dochester.

Dead (number)

Of the newly confirmed deaths reported, six were patients aged 65 years and older, and one was a patient aged 35 to 64 years.

Hospitalization

Of the 486 COVID-19 patients admitted on April 5, 117 were in the ICU and 52 were on ventilator.

What do experts say?

Healthcare professionals in South Carolina have agreed that residents will need to be vaccinated as soon as reservations are available to overcome COVID-19.

DHEC lists vaccine providers on the following website: scdhec.gov/vaxlocator..Move to cvas.dhec.sc.gov To find DHEC clinics throughout the state.

Taking a test is still essential to wearing a mask, keeping a social distance, and slowing the spread of the virus in the community. The test location is at: scdhec.gov/FindATest..

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