Tuesday headlines: Lowcountry test sites see long lines after the holidays

HC’s Department of Health and Environmental Monitoring will not report COVID-19 cases until Wednesday, but hospitals are already reporting a post-Christmas increase in Pee Dee and testing sites in the Lowcountry have experienced long lines waiting. Other South Carolina experts warn the New Year celebrations could cause another spike. More: WCSC, WPDE

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A series of small earthquakes were reported in the Columbia area on Monday. A series of mild earthquakes rocked central South Carolina on Monday, according to the US Geological Survey, causing windows to shake and disrupting wildlife, but causing no apparent injuries or major damage. So, of course, there’s 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

The Charleston Co. mechanic is donating 12 cars for Christmas. Mechanic Eliot Middleton worked to repair and distribute 12 vehicles to those in need before Christmas. More: WCSC

How Rising Seas Could Threaten SC’s Oyster Industry Restaurant owners and oyster fishermen observe rising sea levels along the South Carolina coast. More: Spartanburg Herald-Journal

The warm winter weather sets Charleston records. Temperatures hit an all-time high in downtown Charleston over the holiday weekend – breaking the previous heat record in 1982. More: The Post and Courier

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