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[image-1]COVID-19 updates: Another 561 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina were recorded today along with 10 new deaths. Charleston County now has 1,264 cases and 17 confirmed deaths.

As of 4:16 p.m. June 17, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Positive tests in S.C.: 20,551 (+561)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 1,264
Negative tests in S.C.: 275,135
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 617 (+10)

For more, visit our Daily Updates page and DHEC’s data and projections page.
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A sad day in Charleston: Five years ago today, nine black parishioners were killed at Emanuel AME Church by racist white supremist Dylann Roof. A new website shares more information about the victims along with social justice initiatives and ways to support the mission to end racism and hate.

On the eve of the massacre’s anniversary, U.S. Reps. Jim Clyburn and Joe Cunningham called on the U.S. Senate to close the “Charleston Loophole,” a gun purchasing law that allowed Roof to buy a firearm without passing a background check in 2015.

WHAT WE’RE READING:

ABC News 4: “Charleston plans to remove John C. Calhoun statue over legacy of slavery, white supremacy.”

P&C: “Clyburn to host ‘Emanuel’ documentary discussion for Charleston shooting’s 5th anniversary”

The Atlantic: “The pandemic shows us the genius of grocery stores.”

The Wall Street Journal: “As U.S. Nursing-Home Deaths Reach 50,000, States Ease Lockdowns.”

The rest from the City Paper:

After video showing police firing at crowd in Eastside, advocates call for accountability
Our View: Five years after Emanuel, get to work on five things
Padma Lakshmi explores Gullah Geechee cuisine in her new show Taste the Nation, debuting this week
Charleston library launches #ThisIsForCynthia campaign to honor former librarian five years after Emanuel