COVID-19 update: The state reported 1,532 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with 13 new deaths as the state approaches 60,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Percent-positive rates remain high, at 21.2 percent on Monday, and hospital bed occupancy sits at more than 71 percent.

Charleston County currently has the second-highest rate of COVID-19 in the state.

As of 4:15 p.m. July 13, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Positive tests in S.C.: 58,003 (+1,532 new positive cases since July 8)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 7,832 (+279)
Negative tests in S.C.: 478,645
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 961 (+13)

What we’re reading:

A new lawsuit that includes Jennifer Pinckney, the widow of the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney, alleges that South Carolina’s Heritage Act is unconstitutional. Source: ABC News 4

Charleston-area police are investigating a string of shootings across Charleston over the weekend that left multiple people dead. Source: Live 5 News

$875,000: The amount spent by anonymous groups in an unsuccessful attempt to unseat Myrtle Beach state Sen. Luke Rankin. Source: P&C

Recode: “The PPP worked how it was supposed to. That’s the problem.”

NYT: “California Imposing Sweeping Rollback of Reopening Plans Amid Case Surges”

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