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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 918 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 13 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,945 tests on Thursday, 13.2 percent came back positive.

As of 1:32 p.m. Oct. 29, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  166,344 (+918)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 16741 (+65)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,716,704
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,645 (+13)

Top Stories:

DHEC stopped providing municipalities with coronavirus data on a ZIP code level. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has temporarily stopped providing coronavirus data on a ZIP-code level, something municipalities use to inform their efforts to contain the pandemic. DHEC said it needed legal protections to make sure patients couldn’t be identified. Source: P&C

Hurricane Zeta sets records. Hurricane Zeta has tied the record for the most named storms in a season at 28; set a record for being the 11th storm to make landfall on the continental United States, besting the previous record of nine; among others. The hurricane season lasts until November 30, so unfortunately, there is plenty of time for more record breaking storms. Source: P&C

What we’re reading:

The Atlantic: Don’t Sweat the Polls

Vox: Is this the end of American optimism?

The New Yorker: How America Escapes Its Conspiracy-Theory Crisis

The Atlantic: The Science of Changing a Loved One’s Vote

The latest from the City Paper:

CofC removes slaveholders’ names from honors, donor fund as trustees consider formal policy

Knaack: Criminal justice is on the ballot in Charleston County

Safe Sounds adds Futurebirds and Ben Bridwell to November lineup

Reported anti-LGBTQ incident shows need for SC hate crime law, Charleston advocates say