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State health officials on Tuesday reported 1,071 total new cases of COVID-19 for the week ending April 9, with 711 confirmed and five total new deaths, three of which were confirmed. As of April 9, 108 COVID-19-positive individuals are hospitalized, and 10 COVID-19-positive individuals are ventilated.

Meanwhile, the highly transmissible and dominant BA.2 variant of COVID-19, also known as “stealth omicron,” is responsible for more than 85% of newly reported cases, up from 7% at the end of February, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More: Charleston City Paper, WCSC TV, The Post and Courier, The Washington Post, The New York Times

In other headlines: 

Arrington’s fundraising haul dwarfed by Mace’s war chest of campaign funds. Republican Katie Arrington dropped $500,000 of her own money into her South Carolina congressional campaign as she seeks to unseat U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, but her efforts are a fraction of Mace’s means. More: The State 

Top ten worst weed contender invading S.C., Georgia. Cogongrass, classified as one of the 10 worst seeds in the world according to forestry experts, is taking root in the Southeast. More: WCSC TV

Charleston County deputies seize 57 dogs from nonprofit shelter after owner was hospitalized. Deputies from Charleston County Sheriff’s Office found dozens of dogs being kept outside and inside a residence, which housed a dog rescue nonprofit. More: The Post and Courier, WCSC TV

Charleston police looking to hire dozens of officers to fill vacancies. Vacancies in the Charleston Police Department have gotten worse, but police say they’re focusing on quality over quantity when it comes to filling the gaps. More: WCSC TV

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