South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

COVID-19 update: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 967 new cases of COVID-19 and 52 deaths connected to the virus on Friday.

The percent-positive rate fell to 13 percent.

As of 2:09 p.m. Aug. 21, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 109,135 (+967 new cases since Thursday)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 13,081 (+40)
Negative tests in S.C.: 815,899
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,339 (+52)
Black people most vulnerable to COVID-19, but hesitate to get medical help. The coronavirus has killed black Americans at a disproportionate rate, but many hesitate to get medical attention due to distrust and a troubled history with the medical profession, according to an MUSC official. The distrust complicates doctors' efforts to develop a vaccine that will be effective for black communities. Source: P&C

Twin tropical cyclones aimed to hit the Gulf next week. For the first time on record, two tropical cyclones are poised to make landfall in the U.S. early next week — possibly on the same day. So far, neither storm poses a risk to Charleston. Source: NBC

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– The Atlantic: The 22-Year-Old Blogger Behind Protests in Belarus
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