[image-1] COVID-19 updates: Coming off record-busting weekend numbers, the state tallied 582 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with two additional deaths to report. Of the positive tests, 76 were in Charleston County, as was one of the deaths.

The percent positive of tests reported statewide yesterday was 9.2 percent, a significant drop from previous days when it hovered above 13 percent.

As of 4:23 p.m. June 15, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Positive tests in S.C.: 19,378 (+582 new positive cases since June 14)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 1,165
Negative tests in S.C.: 236,179
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 602 (+2 since June 14)

For more, visit our Daily Updates page and DHEC’s data and projections page.

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A few things you might have missed:

Vacancy: A hotel proposed to be built at the foot of the Ashley River Bridges downtown was denied last week. Source: P&C

This is RB’s: Hanna Raskin has an interview with Ronnie Boals, who ran RB’s on Shem Creek for 40 years before selling in May. Source: P&C

What else we’re reading:

SCOTUS Blog: The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that firing employees because because they are gay or transgender violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Vox:  Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, are grappling with calls to “defund the police”

Jacobin: Smartphones Have Transformed the Fight Against Police Violence

From the City Paper:
Local 616 owner Dwayne Mitchell releases two songs produced during coronavirus closure
Experimental duo Retired Astronauts are out of this world on debut album
Redux Contemporary Art Center reopens with new exhibition
CofC MFA program launches Dorothea Benton Frank writing series and fellowship