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South Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers continue to climb as the state set another daily case record over the holiday weekend for the sixth time in less than three weeks.

According to The State newspaper, “The state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported more than 20,000 new cases on Sunday, beating the record previously set on Friday. With the 68,597 cases added over the past four days pushed the weekly total to more than 113,300 cases, which also shattered the previous weekly record.”

Meanwhile, new quarantine guidelines from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control allow unvaccinated S.C. teachers who were exposed to COVID-19 to not quarantine as long as they do not show symptoms and their school is in a critical staffing shortage. More: The State, Charleston City Paper, The Washington Post, The New York Times

In other headlines:

Charleston leads state in guns discovered at airport checkpoints. Airport screening agents across the U.S. found firearms in carry-on bags at record rates last year. In South Carolina, Charleston International led the state with 30 of the 72 weapons discovered. More: The Post and Courier 

McMaster to give State of the State address today. Gov. Henry McMaster is expected in his State of the State address Wednesday to say South Carolina needs to be bold and seize opportunities created by billions of additional budget dollars to continue to be a great state for businesses. More: Associated Press, The State 

Berkeley County Schools to allot $1.5M in federal funds for substitute teacher pay. The Berkeley County School Board voted unanimously to allot $1.5 million in federal funds to increase the pay for substitute teachers in the district. More: WCSC TV

Planned power line for Charleston sea islands hits snag. Santee Cooper is suing Charleston County’s zoning board after a ruling that could disrupt plans for a major Johns Island power line project. More: The Post and Courier 

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