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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,777 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, with 28 additional confirmed deaths.

With 14,392 tests reported Friday, 12.3% were positive.

As of 2:46 p.m. Nov. 27, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 199,538 (+1,777)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 19,803 (+709)
Negative tests in S.C.: 2,440,321 (+12,615)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 4,043 (+28)

Top Stories:
Record holiday spending is project this year thanks to the pandemic forcing people to cancel vacations, trips and outings, leading to more discretionary spending for the holiday season. The projections are a welcome change for small business owners depending on holiday sales to make up for the losses due to the pandemic. Source: P+C

Six disability advocacy groups have penned a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster, urging him to enact policies to “safeguard the health and safety of residents within institutional settings.” The letter outlines steps that need to be taken to combat the novel coronavirus in long-term care facilities, including expanding home and community-based services. Source: The Greenwood Index-Journal

What we’re reading:

The New York Times: U.S. closes warehouses where migrants were kept in ‘cages’

The Washington Post: Democrats worry over Biden’s willingness to fight

The Wall Street Journal: TikTok stars were key in strategy to fight U.S. ban

The Post and Courier: Thanks, Congress, for irreparable COVID-19 damage

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