Lauren Hurlock

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental  Control announced 1,081 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a new one-day record. There were also 18 deaths since yesterday. Of the positive tests, 153 were in Charleston County.

Of tests conducted (321,689), about 16.1 percent were positive, two percentage points higher than Thursday.

Triple digit increase of coronavirus cases among people under 30. SCDHEC is warning that more people under the age of 30 are testing positive, with 4,160 of South Carolina’s 22,608 cases – 18.4 percent – occurring in those aged 21 to 30. Teens account for seven percent of confirmed cases. They say there has been a 413.9 percent increase in reported cases in people aged 21 to 30  and an astounding 966.1 percent increase among 11- to 20-year olds.

As of 3:41 p.m. June 19, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Positive tests in S.C.: 22,608 (+1,081 new positive cases since June 18)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 1,554
Negative tests in S.C.: 299,081
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 639 (+18 since June 18)

For more, visit our Daily Updates page and DHEC’s data and projections page.

What we’re reading:

– The Atlantic – Black Joy—Not Corporate Acknowledgment—Is the Heart of Juneteenth

– Rolling Stone – Cynics Are Wrong: Protests Can Change the World

– The New Yorker – What the Supreme Court’s Surprise Decision on DACA Means for Hundreds of Thousands of Dreamers

– The Atlantic – Apply Broken-Windows Theory to the Police

– Buzzfeed – Top Democrats Are Refusing To “Defund The Police.” Activists Fear The Police Killings Won’t Stop.

The rest from the City Paper:

Charleston creatives debut ‘Red, White and Black’ designs to benefit Black Lives Matter
Why our business resigned from the Charleston visitors bureau
Columbia filmmaker begins work on ‘Saltwata Vibes,’ doc about contemporary Gullah culture
Four-fifths of 2020 lawmakers haven’t voted on SC’s Heritage Act
Fighting for the future of Fresh Future Farm

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