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University Health holds COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Aiken; more vaccines coming to SC in March

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Hundreds of patients of University Health Care System were able to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose in Aiken on Tuesday.

The vaccination clinic was held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Millbrook Baptist Church in a partnership between University Health Care and Rural Health Services. The clinic kept residents going in and out, with little time wasted.

Scott Ansede, COO for University Health Care Physicians, said the Augusta hospital held the event in Aiken since it serves many patients who live in South Carolina.

"They are part of our community and our service area," Ansede said. "It was important to us to make sure we get vaccinations to as many people as we can that we serve."

Between 750-800 people received the vaccine, according to Ansede. He said the hospital's next clinic will be held in Aiken on Thursday, March 4, and will be a full-day clinic . The March clinic will be able to vaccinate between 1,500 and 2,000 people.

Ansede also said there are plans to hold some future clinics in North Augusta.

On Tuesday afternoon, the White House COVID-19 response team announced that weekly vaccine supplies to each state will increase to 14.5 million doses starting next week. This is an increase from the current 13.5 million doses per week.

South Carolina health authorities confirmed 17 COVID-19 cases and one coronavirus-related death in Aiken County on Tuesday.

The death occurred on Feb. 2 and the person was elderly. There was also a probable coronavirus-related death in Aiken County on Feb. 9, and the victim was elderly.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed a total of 718 cases and 21 coronavirus-related deaths across South Carolina on Tuesday.

The data reported Tuesday is for the date of Feb. 21.

As of Feb. 23, South Carolina has received 1,084,550 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine and has administered 792,695. There are currently 493,859 vaccine appointments scheduled throughout the state.

A total of 18,482 COVID-19 vaccines, which includes first and second doses, have been administered in Aiken County.

Tuesday's report brings the total confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Aiken County to 11,940, with 166 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths.

Aiken County also has reported a total of 3,510 probable COVID-19 cases and 35 probable coronavirus-related deaths.

In neighboring Barnwell and Edgefield counties, five and four virus cases were confirmed, respectively, on Tuesday. There was also a confirmed coronavirus-related death of an elderly resident in Edgefield County on Jan. 27.

According to DHEC's acute hospital bed occupancy report, Aiken County hospitals are at 83.2% occupancy. There are 132 beds occupied, while there are 23 beds open. Across the entire state, there are 977 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.

The total number of individual test results reported to DHEC statewide Tuesday was 15,095, and the percent positive was 6.6%.

The total number of cases statewide is now 437,806, with 69,106 probable cases, 7,436 confirmed deaths and 921 probable deaths.

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