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What you need to know: Gov. Henry McMaster spoke Wednesday in support of parent-activists who are calling for school mask mandates to be lifted.

“It’s time to wrap it up or I will do it for them,” he tweeted. McMaster called the mandates “ridiculous,” though some schools, like Charleston Southern University, credit mask requirements for keeping COVID numbers low.

Director of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Dr. Edward Simmer said the agency continues to recommend the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing and wearing masks. Source: Live 5 News

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 430 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, with 20 confirmed deaths.

With 11,641 tests reported Thursday, 5.0% were positive.

Source: Department of Health and Environmental Control, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 480,804 (+430)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 42,615 (+23)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,259 (+18)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 17,498 (+21)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,357 (+20)