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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 545 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, with four additional confirmed deaths.

With 4,947 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 11%.

As of 4:22 p.m. Oct. 5, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  147,116 (+545)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,741 (+21)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,302,321
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,258 (+4)

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Lines are reportedly long across the state as voters hoping to cast their ballots in-person absentee on the first day of official voting queued for hours from Columbia to York to Greenville. Source: Greenville News, The State

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted that he spoke with President Donald Trump on Monday, who remained hospitalized for COVID-19 at Walter Reed Medical Center. Trump is reportedly slated to leave later today. Source: Twitter

As the president reportedly prepares to leave the hospital, his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, tested positive for the virus on Monday. Source: NYT

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