Testing continues across South Carolina | Courtesy MUSC

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On Monday, state health officials confirmed another 1,002 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, along with six more deaths. Charleston County saw another 209 cases today.

Overall, the percent positive rate of those tested was 12.4 percent, slightly down from weekend figures.

DHEC says it is once again ramping up testing efforts statewide, hoping to boost the number of people tested each month by 50 percent to 165,000 people per month by the end of the year. Just over 347,000 tests have been conducted so far this year, according to DHEC.

As of 4:21 p.m. June 22, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control: Positive tests in S.C.: 25,666 (+1,002 new positive cases since June 21)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 2,044 (+209)
Negative tests in S.C.: 211,784
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 659 (+6)

[image-2] For more, visit our Daily Updates page and DHEC’s data and projections page.

Top stories:

Testing: A Columbia protest organizer is urging participants to stay away from crowds and get a coronavirus test. Source: The State

In session: State Superintendent Molly Spearman said today that if COVID-19 cases don’t die down by the start of the fall semester, in-person classes likely won’t restart. Source: The State

Float on: Carnival won’t be back in Charleston (or anywhere else) until fall. Source: P&C

What we’re reading:

NYT column: “Gen Z Will Not Save Us”

The Atlantic: “Are Universities Going the Way of CDs and Cable TV?

Vox: “America now finally meets the bare minimum for coronavirus testing”

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Crab Claw pays tribute to an outrageous dad on “Father’s Day”

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