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South Carolina has seen a meteoric rise in COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days, with average daily infections up 759% as the omicron variant continues to lead a record-breaking surge across the United States.

Meanwhile, South Carolina health officials reported 8,149 total cases of COVID-19 Jan. 11, with 6,497 confirmed. A total of 10 new deaths, all confirmed, were also reported. With 23,998 tests reported Tuesday, 34.9% were confirmed positive. Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 14.2%. Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 65%. More: Charleston City Paper, The Post and Courier, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times

In other headlines:

S.C. General Assembly back in session with money to spend. South Carolina lawmakers opened their 2022 session on Tuesday with the familiar problem of the COVID-19 pandemic and a more unfamiliar problem of bank accounts bursting with money. More: Associated Press, WCSC TV 

North Charleston activists seek independent body to eye police racial policies. Four activist groups are urging North Charleston to create an independent body to oversee efforts to reduce racial disparities in its police department. More: Associated Press

Charleston racial conciliation commission passes 2nd reading, final vote delayed. Charleston City Council on Tuesday night voted 8-4 to advance a measure to create a standing Human Affairs and Racial Conciliation Commission after hearing hours of comments from residents and among council members. More: Charleston City Paper, WCBD TV, WCSC TV, The Post and Courier 

Charleston City Council approves creation of King Street BID. Charleston City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of approving a plan that will see King Street businesses partner with government entities to improve conditions on one of Charleston’s most popular streets. More: WCBD TV

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