[image-2] COVID-19 updates: The state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced another 934 cases of COVID-19 and 19 deaths in South Carolina.

While the number of new cases is comparatively low to recent days, the percent of positive tests in one day continued rising to 20.7 percent.
[image-1] As of 2:14 p.m. July 7, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Positive tests in S.C.: 47,214 (+934 new positive cases since July 6)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 6,072 (+94)
Negative tests in S.C.: 426,691
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 838 (+19)

Top Stories:
Lowcountry law enforcement agencies have received over 2,700 pieces of military equipment from the Department of Defense through the 1033 program. One advocate said, “The signal that it is showing to communities that are over-policed, which is black communities in particular, is that we are at war with you.” Source: Live 5 News

What We’re Reading:
Associated Press:
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New York Times: “Nurses Who Battled Virus in New York Confront Friends Back Home Who Say It’s a Hoax”

Chicago Tribune: “Of the COVID-19 pregnancy cases reported in Illinois, Black and Latina women make up over 70%”

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