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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 556 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with 27 additional confirmed deaths.

With 4,309 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 12.9%.

As of 2:05 p.m. Oct. 7, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  148,334 (+556)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,786 (+26)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,397,966
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,300 (+27)

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Charleston City Council’s Public Safety Committee will receive the “after action report” from the May 30 protests Thursday, with information following up the daytime downtown protests and the destructive incidents on King Street that followed that night. The Public Safety Committee will hold its virtual meeting Thursday at 2 p.m., with a live stream available on YouTube. Source: P&C

The first day of absentee voting in South Carolina for the 2020 general election resulted in over 23,000 votes, the Associated Press reported Charleston County alone saw 2,500 over the first two days of in-person absentee voting. Source: Associated Press, Charleston City Paper 

After initially objecting, Vice President Mike Pence agreed to the use of clear plastic barriers during Wednesday’s 90-minute VP debate with Democratic nominee Kamala Harris, which takes place in Salt Lake City at 9 p.m. Source: Politico

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