[image-2] COVID-19 update: South Carolina saw 2,205 new cases of COVID-19 today, the second-highest day on record, along with another 23 deaths. Charleston County now has 8,247 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and 65 deaths.

The percent of positive COVID-19 tests inched up to 21.5 percent. Charleston County’s rate of infection also increased to 2,004.59 infections per 100,000 people. It is the second-highest rate in the state.
[image-1] As of 2:25 p.m. July 14, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Positive tests in S.C.: 60,220 (+2,205 new positive cases since July 13)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 8,247 (+415)
Negative tests in S.C.: 486,697
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 984 (+23)

Top Stories:
Day at the Fare: Earth Fare will reopen in West Ashley and Summerville on Aug. 5. Both stores are hiring. Investors announced in spring the stores would reopen, after Earth Fare filed for bankruptcy in February and closed its stores nationwide. Source: Post & Courier

Back to School: Lexington and Richland County schools are prepared to open in August, possibly modifying classes due to the pandemic. Social distancing will be enforced, classes will be cleaned frequently and bus routes will be altered to put fewer students on a bus at a time. Specifics will be adjusted as the pandemic continues. Source: The State

What We’re Reading:
NPR: “Federal Government Executes 1st Prisoner In 17 Years After Overnight Court Rulings”

Associated Press: “Global vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more”

Politico: “Vaccine-makers’ ‘no profit’ pledge stirs doubts in Congress”

More from the City Paper:
Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails reopens with new executive chef and general manager
Blake Shelton brings cinematic drive-in concert to The Bend on July 25
Two-thirds of SC educators in survey report pre-existing conditions as schools prep to reopen
Charleston Beer Fest gathers virtually ahead of rescheduled September festival
Charleston Farmers Market opens as “essentials-only” on Wednesday near the Joe

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