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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,348 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, with 17 additional confirmed deaths.

With 9,198 tests reported Thursday, 14.7% were positive.

As of 3:48 p.m. Nov. 13, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Confirmed cases in S.C.:  181,243 (+1,348)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 18,342
Negative tests in S.C.: 2,080,222
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,835 (+17)

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Abortion ban likely back on the table with expanded GOP Statehouse. Republicans gained three seats in the S.C. Senate, boosting their majority to 30 our of the 46 seats. All three candidates who unseated Democrats in last week’s election campaigned on promises to oppose abortion. Source: P+C

West Ashley teacher tests positive for coronavirus, school switches to virtual learning. Orange Grove Elementary Charter School students are moving back to at-home learning after a positive COVID-19 case was reported in a teacher who instructs two classes at the school. Students in those classes will have to quarantine. Source: Count On News 2

What we’re reading

The New York Times: 2020 shows that the Electoral College is stupid

The Post and Courier: S.C. Democrats set Joe Biden on his path to the White House

The Orangeburg Times and Democrat: Biden’s appointees may include locals

The Greenwood Index-Journal: Just do it; wear the mask

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