COVID-19 updates: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 424 new cases of COVID-19 and 42 deaths connected to the virus on  Thursday.

With 5,234 tests reported Thursday, the percent positive rate was 8.1 percent.

A reminder from DHEC, “When the percent positive is low, it may indicate that more widespread testing is being performed and the percent positive may more accurately reflect how much disease is present in the community.”

As of 2 p.m. Aug. 27, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 113,107 (+424 new cases since Wednesday)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 13,399 (+22)
Negative tests in S.C.: 828,044
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,494 (+42)

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What we’re reading

The New Yorker: “Linking Allies to Action in the Heart of the Black-Bookstore Boom”

Wall Street Journal: “With Second Stimulus Checks on Hold, Americans Spend Less at the Grocery Store”

Vox: “Nobody saw summer 2020 coming. So how come it felt like the movies did?”

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