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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 584 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, with seven additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,424 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 9.1%.

As of 5:01 p.m. Oct. 12, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  152,242 (+584)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,955 (+29)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,420,893
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,355 (+7)

Top Stories:

An Environmental Protection Agency grant has awarded a $260,000 grant to South Carolina health regulators to study air toxins in the neck area of North Charleston. Among the airborne toxins under study is  ethylene oxide, classified as a carcinogen by federal agency. Source: P&C, EPA

Charleston County School District Board of Trustees members voted to initially approve a proposed pay raise after the November election at their committee meeting Monday afternoon. The raise would bump board members to $800 per month, slightly more than the $25 per meeting they’re currently paid. Chairs Kate Darby and Eric Mack, as well as members Cindy Bohn Coats and Kevin Hollinshead voted in favor. Members Chris Fraser and Todd Garrett voted against. Chris Collins abstained. It could be approved Monday night at a special board meeting. Source: ABC News 4, CCSD YouTube

P&C headline: “Lawsuit dismissed against Bakari Sellers for tweet about controversial incident in DC”

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From the City Paper:

Viola Davis narrates Jaime Harrison’s latest TV ad

U.N. program run by ex-SC Gov. David Beasley, wins Nobel Prize

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