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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 987 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, with 13 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,074 tests reported Wednesday, 16.2% were positive.

As of 11:10 a.m. Nov. 11, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:

Confirmed cases in S.C.:  178,524 (+987)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 17,428 (+62)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,960,895
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,809 (+13)

Top Stories:
The federal government has approved South Carolina’s interim vaccination distribution plan, DHEC told WMBF on Tuesday. The news comes a day after Pfizer announced that its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective. The three-phase plan would focus initial distribution on a target population of at-risk individuals. Source: WIS News 10

The Lowcountry Food Bank is partnering with area residents to provide relief for veterans in the community. From Nov. 11-13, Dean and Laurie Hubbs will match up to $12,000 of donations made to LCFB with the goal of raising $24,000 this Veteran’s Day. Donations can be made via the Lowcountry Food Bank’s website. Source: Live 5 News

What we’re reading:
Associated Press: “Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, poised to break stereotypes”
The New York Times: “Key Justices Signal Support for Affordable Care Act”
Vox: “Why the Biden administration should establish a Department of Climate”

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