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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 256 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, with 12 additional confirmed deaths.

With 1,670 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 15.3 percent.

As of 3:22 p.m. Oct. 2, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  149,185 (+256)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,932
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,307,230
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,211 (+12)

Top stories

State finished updating COVID-19 reporting database. South Carolina DHEC announced that 1,479 positive results were not reported due to an internal database update. They have updated their COVID-19 cases per day chart, but have not provided a list of what numbers came in when.

Biden tests negative for coronavirus. Former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has tested negative for coronavirus. There were concerns about his status since he came into contact with President Donald Trump at the debate. Source: CNN

Charleston’s city planner departing for Boulder, Colorado. Charleston’s planning director, Jacob Lindsey, is leaving his post after receiving an ‘offer he couldn’t refuse’ in Boulder, Colorado. He has been the city planner since 2015. Source: P&C

What we’re reading

The Atlantic: Just How Safe is Biden?

– Buzzfeed: I Am the Politics Editor and I Have Absolutely No Idea What Happens Next

– The Verge: Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis shows the limits of relying on testing alone

New Yorker: What Will Cold-and-Flu Season Mean for the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The latest from the City Paper

Pink Cactus raising money for Pure Fluff owner’s breast cancer treatment through October

The Office’s Brian Baumgartner hosts Charleston Sports Pub trivia Wednesday

Marjory Wentworth resigns as SC poet laureate

Melfi’s reopens Monday, exploring adding upstairs space

‘Borat 2’ features segments filmed in Upstate SC