Before You Go: DHEC launches major testing initiative in Columbia; USPS delays are hurting small businesses


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USPS delays are hurting small businesses around the country

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 740 cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 27 additional confirmed deaths.

With 6,294 tests collected, the percent-positive rate was 11.8 percent.

As of 5:45 p.m. Sept. 17, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:
Confirmed cases in S.C.:  132,565, (+740 new cases since Wednesday)
Percent Positive: 11.8% (down from 13.5%)
Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 15,106 (+97)
Negative tests in S.C.: 998,762
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 2,992 (+27)

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Charleston Rifle Club, a 165-year-old organization, admits its first Black member. Source: P&C

S.C. has paid more than $4 billion in unemployment claims since pandemic began. Source: Live 5

U.S. Surgeon General, Gov. Henry McMaster, DHEC, City of Columbia, and UofSC partner to launch expansive, multi-day COVID-19 testing initiative in Columbia, S.C. Beginning this Saturday, free testing for COVID-19 will be available at Founders Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Columbia, S.C. The testing will be offered through a self-administered nasal swab, which is simple and pain-free. Source: DHEC

What we’re reading

The New Yorker: “Zoom Fatigue and the New Ways to Party”

Vox: “USPS delays are affecting the businesses that need it most”

Sports Illustrated: “After the Worst Night of His Season, Dominic Smith Used His Voice”

New York Times: “Moderna Shares the Blueprint for Its Coronavirus Vaccine Trial”

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