Photo by Pope Moysuh on Unsplash USPS delays are hurting small businesses around the country

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 740 cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 27 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,294 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 11.8 percent.

As of 5:45 p.m. Sept. 17, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  132,565, (+740 new cases since Wednesday)
Percent Positive: 11.8% (down from 13.5%)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,106 (+97)
Negative tests in S.C.: 998,762
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,992 (+27)

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