COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 953 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, with 15 additional confirmed deaths.

With 7,198 tests on Friday, 13.2% came back positive.

As of 4:38 p.m. Nov. 6, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  173,186 (+953)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 17,712 (+57)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,830,229
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,748 (+15)

Top Stories:

Be positive you’re negative. DHEC is urging South Carolinians in the community to get tested regularly and “be positive you’re negative.” They stress the importance of getting tested before the holiday season. Testing options have expanded to include shallow nasal testing, oral swab, and spit test at different locations. Source: DHEC

Control of U.S. Senate hinges on Georgia. Democrat Raphael Warnock’s race against Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is headed to a runoff slated for Jan. 5. And, the contest between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue could be as well. Source: The Wall Street Journal

Charleston’s campaign signs to be removed. The city of Charleston has said there were never any campaign signs allowed outside private property in the first place, and signs placed in public spaces throughout the city may result in fines. Source: Live 5 News

What we’re reading:

– The State: Freedom comes with an expensive price tag

– The Washington Post: This election was a reflection of who we are as a country

– The New York Times: Is America becoming a failed state?

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Les Damges D-Escoffier hosts hospitality yard sale

– Lowcountry food traditions enliven the holiday season