COVID-19 update: DHEC announced 1,265 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 deaths connected to the virus today. South Carolina has a total of 97,554 cases and 1,883 people have died since the start of the pandemic. As of yesterday, a total of 824,500 tests have been conducted in the state.

The percent of positive COVID-19 tests was 18.3 percent.

Charleston County Council to ask voters if they would support raised property taxes for affordable housing. Charleston Council Council is reportedly preparing to ask voters if they would support raising the county's tax rate to fund creating more affordable housing. It would equate to $8 annually per $100,000 of home value in more taxes. A poll says that a majority of voters would be in favor. Source: P&C

What we're reading:
New York Times: Coming Next: The Greater Recession
The Atlantic: How the Pandemic Defeated America
– The Verge: The U.S. Declared War on TikTok Because It Can't Handle The Truth
Washington Post: A Pregnant Woman with COVID-19 Was Dying. With One Decision, Her Doctors Saved Three Lives.
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As carriage tour activists and operators float reforms, city could consider changes soon
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Epic Center will transform West Ashley
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