Prior to December, South Carolina had never reported more than 2,343 cases in a single day.
The rare Saturday morning, holiday weekend news conference came just days after Republican Gov. Henry McMaster and some state legislators began expressing displeasure about the slow trickle of information about the vaccine rollout in SC.
The seven-day incidence is 443.3 and the five-day moving average is 3,568.
776 coronavirus patients are in hospital, while 70 people are in ICUs.
A total of 513 new deaths have also been reported on Tuesday to bring the total COVID-19 related deaths to 30 524.
There are now 3,000 staff of the health service now out of work that either are positive or are close contacts of Covid-19 patients.
The county's 14 day incidence rate has risen slightly, to 832.3 per 100,000 people.
The government placed the entire country back on a full Level-5, or the highest level response to COVID-19, after easing restrictions for the Christmas and New Year holidays given the fact that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country had bounced back sharply following the easing.
"On behalf of Ireland's nurses and midwives, the INMO is asking that the public stay home and strictly follow public health advice".
Ireland positivity rate over the past 14-days
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has urged people to limit their interactions.
Up to 11 thousand people aged over 80 - are set to receive the jab there this week - with a batch of 50 thousand doses allocated to the region.
Elsewhere, 137 new cases have been reported in Louth with the remainder spread across all other counties.
Probable deaths are ones where the death certificate lists COVID-19 as the cause of or a contributing factor to death, but the person was not tested for the virus.
In its daily statement issued on Monday, January 4 NPHET reported that incidence rose 494.7 per 100,000 population due to 419 cases in the past 14 days.
Officials on Wednesday said just over 1,000 healthcare workers had contracted COVID-19 in the Western Cape.
The HSE is introducing curtailments in non-essential services in adult hospitals in an attempt to deal with the rising number of COVID cases.
"In the event of an emergency, attend an Emergency Department as usual and if you have any concerns regarding your health, COVID or non COVID-related, always contact your GP in the first instance", he said.
Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, said; "The vaccination programme has commenced for the first priority groups".
Buhari condemns killing of 70 people in Niger Republic
The attack came less than a week after three French soldiers died in similar circumstances near Mali's border with Burkina Faso . The attack is believed to be in retaliation to the earlier killing of two fighters by villagers, said the interior minister.