COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 197 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with 21 additional confirmed deaths.

With 1,252 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 15.7 percent.

As of 2:53 p.m. Sept. 30, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  143,623 (+197)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,602 (+9)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,268,864
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,186 (+21)

Top Stories: 

The Trump White House has blocked an order from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that would have kept cruises ships docked into February. Source: NYT

The pandemic is prompting Boeing to move all 787 Dreamliner production to South Carolina. The move is part of the company’s attempt to deal with a slowdown in demand for the 787; Boeing has already cut 19,000 jobs and there could be more. According to the Wall Street Journal, states like South Carolina are more attractive for conglomerates like Boeing due to “less-clogged infrastructure and cheaper, nonunionized labor.” Source: WSJ

Last night’s presidential debate was a hot button issue for most national news outlets Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott received media attention after he said Trump “misspoke” during the debate when he refused to denounce extremist groups stirring racial violence. Source: Charleston City Paper, CNBC

What we’re reading:
Vox: “The false hope of reopening is killing small businesses”

The New York Times: “Henrik Lundqvist’s future unknown after Rangers buy out his contract”

FiveThirtyEight: “Will Such A Cacophonous Debate Change Any Minds?”

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