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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 766 cases of coronavirus on Friday, with 36 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,324 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 12.1 percent.

As of 3 p.m. Sept. 18, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  133,310 (+766 new cases since Thursday)
Percent Positive: 12.1% (up from 11.8%)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,142 (+36)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,021,977
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,010 (+36)

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