Sam Spence

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 909 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 deaths connected to the virus on Tuesday.

The percent positive rate was 17.4 percent.

As of 2:08 p.m. Aug. 25, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 112,088 (+909 new cases since Monday)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 13,344 (+30)
Negative tests in S.C.: 817,813
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,408 (+21)
Top Stories:
Construction crews are expected to begin removing the base of the Calhoun monument in Marion Square Tuesday. The statue of Calhoun was removed from the top of the monument June 24 after a unanimous vote from city council to pull the statue down. The Calhoun statue memorialized an ardent supporter of slavery as an institution who referring to it as a “positive good.” Source: Count on News 2

What we’re reading:
The Daily Beast: “‘He’s Pulling Through’: Kenosha Burns After Jacob Blake Shooting”

NY Times: “Politicizing Medical Science Will Cost American Lives”

Associated Press: “Belarusian authorities crank up pressure on opposition”

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Gibbes Museum’s Society 1858’s art auction starts this week, submissions for annual prize open soon
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