COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 701 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, with 22 additional confirmed deaths.
With 4,465 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 15.7 percent.
As of 3:00 p.m. Sept. 15, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 130,917 (+701 new cases since Monday)
Percent Positive: 15.7% (up from 9.8%)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 14,976 (+11)
Negative tests in S.C.: 986,055
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,943 (+22)
Top Stories: The late actor Chadwick Boseman was buried near his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina, on Sept. 3, according to documents obtained by Associated Press. The actor, famous for portraying Black icons Jackie Robinson, James Brown and King T’Challa in Black Panther, died Aug. 28 from complications caused by colon cancer. He was 43 years old.
Soon after his death, a petition to replace Anderson’s confederate soldier monument with a statue of Boseman was formed. The petition has gained steady momentum over the last two weeks, and is currently close to 90,000 signatures. Source: AP
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