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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,612 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, with 35 additional confirmed deaths.

With 7,480 tests reported Wednesday, 21.6% were positive.

As of 1:02 p.m. Dec. 2, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 206,653 (+1,612)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 18,944 (+73)
Negative tests in S.C.: 2,439,341
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 4,126 (+35)

Top Stories:
A new COVID-19 infusion therapy drug called Bamlanivimab is now available in South Carolina hospitals. The drug, which is built on antibodies recovered from COVID-19 patients, was given emergency use authorization and is currently only available to those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are at risk of developing a severe case, due to the limited amount of doses available to the public. An MUSC spokesperson told The Post and Courier trthat it will receive 28 doses Wednesday, and Trident reportedly has 150. Source: P&C

Gov. Henry McMaster nominated Robert Woods to be the new director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Wednesday. Woods was part of the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 29 years and has served as interim director since Feb. 1. Woods’ nomination must be approved by the S.C. Senate. Source: ABC Columbia

What we’re reading:

The State: ‘Merrit Jones of West Columbia makes Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2021’
Associated Press: ‘UN: Food has run out for nearly 100,000 refugees in Ethiopia’
Wall Street Journal: ‘A New Setback for Big Cities as Return to the Office Fades’

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