County records 15 new COVID deaths

Hospitals overloaded, ICU beds full as local vax rate among worst in SC

COLUMBIA — Pickens County last week had one of its worst weeks on record since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reporting the virus-related deaths of 16 local residents over a seven-day stretch as local hospitals exceed capacity and vaccinations continue to lag behind most of the state.

According to DHEC, there were 15 confirmed deaths and one probable death in the one-week period from last Tuesday to Monday, when the latest numbers

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