COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,068 cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 12 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,560 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 16.5 percent.

As of 6:10 p.m. Sept. 3, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 119,822 (+1,068 new cases since Wednesday)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 14,073 (+72)
Negative tests in S.C.: 862,908
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,667 (+12)

Top Stories

State election officials update sample ballots that initially left off Biden-Harris ticket. State Democratic Party officials said the move could have been part of political appointees’ efforts to “confuse” voters ahead of the general election. Source: P&C

USC already has over 1,000 cases of COVID-19, the New York Times reports. The school reported a 28 percent positive rate from Aug. 28 to 31. USC has 35,000 students.

Mount Pleasant Mayor tweets a pledge to reinstate mask ordinance. Following Mount Pleasant Town Council’s vote to not extend its face mask ordinance, Mayor Will Haynie tweeted this: “This morning, in reaction to town council not re-approving a mask ordinance, I have already heard concerns from: both Mt P hospitals; a local global health consultant & research fellow at Oxford; local physicians and nurses; citizens at large. We will get this fixed.” Source: ABC 4

What we’re reading

The New York Times: Its Leader Under Fire, a Southern Food Group Vows to Examine Racism

CNBC: DraftKings rallies 8 percent as Michael Jordan joins betting company as board advisor

Eater: Riverside’s Newly Legal Home Restaurants Look to Revolutionize California’s Food Scene

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