COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,326 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, with 18 additional confirmed deaths.

With 9,770 tests reported Monday, 13.6% were positive.

As of 3:05 p.m. Nov. 10, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Confirmed cases in S.C.:  177,515 (+1,326)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 17,361 (+50)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,945,455
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,795 (+18)

Top Stories:
The S.C. Dept. of Education is supporting calls for more students to return to the classroom during the pandemic. Claiming that only 4.4% of COVID-19 cases since September are from schools statewide, Dept. of Education spokesperson Ryan Brown said schools have done a “tremendous job.”

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard on Monday said that the state’s decision is concerning. “I ask that your office intervene and request that each school superintendent show with a medical and scientific conclusion that it is safe to take this type of action before placing more of our students and their parents, teachers and staff in harm’s way,” he wrote in a letter to state superintendent Molly Spearman. Source: Live 5 News

What we’re reading:
Associated Press: “High court seems likely to leave to health care law in place”
ProPublica: “The Myth of the Latino Vote and What Newsrooms Must Learn From 2020”
Politico: “Official who once called Obama a ‘terrorist leader’ takes over Pentagon policy”

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