What you need to know this week: Charleston City Council voted against a measure that would mandate all people in the city of Charleston to wear face coverings in indoor facilities, including schools, during a council meeting Aug. 17 on Daniel Island.

“We’re dealing with not only a rapidly evolving medical and scientific challenge, we are also dealing with a rapidly changing and evolving legal framework in this state over this issue,” Councilman Ross Appel said during the meeting. Last week, he said the legal fight may be worth having.

The initial mask mandate failed with only Councilmen Dudley Gregorie and Keith Waring voting in favor of it. After a proposed amendment from Appel, the measure failed by a slimmer margin of 8-5.

Charleston City Council met Aug. 17 on Daniel Island | YouTube Screenshot

Meanwhile, Clemson City Council is weighing a mask mandate of their own, following a lawsuit against Columbia by Attorney General Alan Wilson claiming their mask mandate violates state law.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 24,982 total cases of COVID-19, with 18,954 confirmed, between Aug. 14 and Aug. 20. A total of 179 new deaths, with 152 confirmed, were reported this week. The rate of positive reported tests, as of Aug. 20, was 14.5%.

Percentage of S.C. residents with at least 1 vaccine: 54.7%
Percentage of S.C. residents who have completed vaccination: 46.2%