COVID-19 updates: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 505 new cases of COVID-19 and 42 deaths connected to the virus on Wednesday.

Percent positive rate has once again climbed back above 20 percent, but testing numbers are dropping. With 2,470 tests reported Wednesday, the percent positive rate was 20.4 percent. That’s down from 8,075 tests reported Aug. 1, with a 18.5 percent positive rate.

As of 1:31 p.m. Aug. 26, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Confirmed cases in S.C.: 112,643 (+505 new cases since Tuesday)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 13,377 (+33)
Negative tests in S.C.: 820,967
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,451 (+42)

Top Stories:

Gov. Henry McMaster still hasn’t applied for a federal benefits package that would provide South Carolina residents with $300 per week in additional aid through the federal government’s enhanced employment benefit system.

McMaster said he supported the package earlier this month but is “working with legislative leaders to determine what, if any, financial liability South Carolina taxpayers would possibly incur and whether the state has sufficient funds to pay for the match before applying to participate,” a spokesperson said. Source: The State

A College of Charleston sorority is on probation after violating the school’s COVID-19 policies. The incident report referenced photos and videos of 10 students gathering around campus without face masks. Source: P&C

What we’re reading:

Live 5 News: ‘He was a phenomenal kid:’ Mother of Dorchester County high school student who died suddenly talks about tragedy

Politico: “‘Lindsey Graham questions why Jacob Blake didn’t ‘yield’ to officers”

The Washington Post: “Two dead and one wounded in Kenosha shootings during Jacob Blake protests”

Associated Press: “How will office life be different in a pandemic?”

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