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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 951 cases of coronavirus on Friday, with 53 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,389 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 14.9 percent.

As of 3:25 p.m. Sept. 11, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 126,792 (+951 new cases since Thursday)
Percent Positive: 14.9% (up from 6%)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 14,464 (+107)
Negative tests in S.C.: 938,142
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,877 (+54)

SCDHEC recommends some to get tested once a month. New guidance from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control suggests that people who are in the community, not able to social distance, or wear a mask get tested at least once a month.

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SCDHEC’s public health director to resign, second top official to depart agency since pandemic began. South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today that Public Health Director Dr. Joan Duwe would be leaving the agency. The governor of Ohio announced yesterday that Duwe would be taking over their health department, but six hours later she removed her name from contention. Dr. Brannon Traxler will be taking over the position effective immediately. Source: Press Release / AP

City of Charleston officials think a time capsule is underneath the John C. Calhoun statue pedestal. City of Charleston leaders believe there is a time capsule hidden in the pedestal of the John C. Calhoun monument according to historical documents. Source: P&C

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