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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 542 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, with 10 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,635 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 8.8 percent.

As of 5 p.m. Sept. 28, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  142,449 (+542 new cases since Sunday)
Percent Positive: 8.8% (down from 13.8%)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15.591 (+49)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,164,034
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,154 (+10)

Top stories:

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham will debate Republican challenger Nancy Mace tonight. The live-televised event will be moderated by journalists from S.C. ETV and The Post and Courier. The event will also stream live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Source: ETV

S.C. officials advising you to sign ballots anyway. If you’ve already requested one, you’ll get your absentee ballot soon. A recent court order nixed the required witness signature (after it was reinstated) but state elections officials are saying to sign them just in case things change again. Source: CP

City Paper: SC residents paid $10K in 2017 income taxes on average while Trump paid $750

What we’re reading:

AV Club: Mariah Carey is “on a quest” to find the long-lost “grunge” album she recorded in 1995

The Ringer: CNN commentator and former S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers is on Larry Wilmore’s podcast this week.

Vox: What Trump’s taxes tell us about his foreign entanglements

NBC News: Police seized 10 firearms from former Trump campaign manager, committed him for mental health care after apparent suicide attempt