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COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 686 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with 11 additional confirmed deaths.

With 5,787 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 11.9%.

As of 1:17 p.m. Oct. 21, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  159,433 (+686)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 16,358 (+49)
Negative tests in S.C.: 1,565,411
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 3,487 (+11)

Top Stories:
Roper St. Francis Healthcare has named Dr. Jeffrey DiLisi the new president and CEO of the not-for-profit health care system. DiLisi takes over for interim CEO Jim Berg and will officially start his tenure on Dec. 7. DiLisi joins Roper after serving as the senior vice president and chief medical officer of a not-for-profit teaching hospital in Virginia. Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal.


Charleston City Council voted to increase fees for short term rentals Tuesday night. Limited home rentals will increase from $50 to $100, extended home rentals will increase from $100 to $200 and commercial guest homes will increase from $150 to $300. Source: ABC News 4

What we’re reading:
CofC Today: CofC is removing the interim tag from four currently serving interim deans, including frequent City Paper contributor Gibbs Knotts, who will be dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for at least the next two years.
The Guardian: “USA Today supports Joe Biden in first ever presidential endorsement”
Vox: “What Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation will mean for environmental law and Joe Biden’s climate plan”
New York Times: “Will Florida, the Recount State, Be Ready For the Election?”

More from the City Paper:
– New documentary charts US political rifts ahead of midterms
New CARES Act grants open to SC small and minority biz, nonprofits