COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 629 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, with 14 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,149 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 10.2%.

As of 2:54 p.m. Oct. 13, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  152,963 (+629)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,990 (+35)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,435,429
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,371 (+14)

Top Stories:
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham pulled ahead of challenger Jamie Harrison by 6 points in a new poll from Morning Consult, while an internal poll reported this afternoon from the Lindsey Must Go super PAC reported a tied race. Last week, the Cook Political Report ranked the race as a “toss up.”

What we’re reading:
New York Times: “Megan Thee Stallion: Why I Speak Up for Black Women”
Politico: “Supreme Court rejects challenge to Planned Parenthood funding”
FiveThirtyEight: “You Can’t Learn Much From One COVID-19 Patient — Even When That Patient Is President Trump”

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