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South Carolina has the fourth highest rate of COVID-19 with 88 cases per 100,000 people, according to Sept. 13 data from The New York Times. At one point last week, the state ranked highest in the country, but rates in Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia are higher now, according to media reports.

Over the last two weeks, the virus has shown few signs of abating as hospitals are filled with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients, schools struggle to stay open and hospitalizations are increasing for children. On Sept. 8, new data from MUSC showed the rate of breakthrough infections from COVID-19 in the area appeared to be rising slowly. But only two cases among MUSC employees and students led to hospitalization. More: Charleston City Paper, The State, The Post and Courier, SC Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal 

In other headlines:

Plutonium pit conflicts foreshadow larger battles in committees. An exchange between three congressmen provided a distilled look at the ongoing plutonium pit production debate. More: The Post and Courier 

CCPL, Lowcountry Food Bank hosting Kids Cafe Snack Program. The Charleston County Public Library and Lowcountry Food Bank will partner to present the Kids Café Snack Program beginning Monday. More: WCBD TV

Charleston port new $1B shipping terminal lingers as labor dispute drags on. About 41,725 containers will move through the Leatherman Terminal by its first anniversary — nearly 360,000 fewer than it was built for — if it continues at its current pace. More: The Post and Courier 

Charleston’s North Bridge project sees progress with road study, public engagement. A new pedestrian bridge aimed at getting walkers and bikers safely across the Ashley River is making progress. More: The Post and Courier 

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