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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 784 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, with 18 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,398 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 12.3%.

As of 4:57 p.m. Oct. 23, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  161,232 (+784)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 16,912 (+49)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,676,902
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,545 (+18)

Top Stories:
$108 million: The total amount of money raised through Oct. 14 by Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Jaime Harrison, the most ever raised by a Senate candidate in any state. Source: Federal Election Commission

The South Carolina American Civil Liberties Union and S.C. for Criminal Justice Reform are calling for changes to be made to a report detailing the Charleston Police Department’s response to riots and protests on May 30 and May 31 earlier this year. Source: Live 5 News

P&C headline: Suspended Colleton County sheriff pleads guilty to 3 charges, gets probation

What we’re reading:
The New York Times: The pandemic’s has led to nearly 300,000 deaths in the United States since its arrival, federal researchers said Thursday. Roughly 100,000 fatalities may not be directly caused by COVID-19, but would not have occurred if not for the virus.

The Washington Post: “Barrett moves one step closer to a seat on the Supreme Court as Republicans on Senate panel advance her nomination”

The Wall Street Journal: “Donald Trump, Joe Biden clash over COVID-19, ethics in calmer presidential debate”

More from the City Paper:
– New documentary charts US political rifts ahead of midterms
New CARES Act grants open to SC small and minority biz, nonprofits