Courtesy Unsplash user Florencia Potter; You can now set up your beach chairs on Sullivan's Island after months of COVID-19 related restrictions

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 601 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths connected to the virus on Wednesday.

With 3,063 tests reported Wednesday the percent positive rate was 19.6 percent. Yesterday, the percent positive was 22.4 percent.

As of 2:10 p.m. Sept. 2, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 118,699 (+601 new cases since Tuesday)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 13,997 (+318)
Negative tests in S.C.: 862,908
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,652 (+26)

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September is comin’ in hot with heat indices over 110 degrees today.

Sullivan’s Island loosens beach restrictions ahead of Labor Day weekend. On Sept. 1, council members voted unanimously to allow chairs, umbrellas and coolers back on the beach. Source: P&C. The vote coincides with yesterday’s Mount Pleasant town council ruling, which voted down an extension of the local mask ordinance.

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