DHEC Director Rick Toomey announces resignation

DHEC Director Rick Toomey announced during a Wednesday afternoon press conference that he was resigning and his last day will be June 10.

  SC road tests resume, being done in DMV parking lots

Lowcountry high schools announce in-person graduation plans

North Carolina sees its highest number of coronavirus hospitalizations as state nears 800 deaths

  Hospitality businesses face struggles trying to get employees back to work

  Isle of Palms, North Charleston cancel Fourth of July fireworks displays

  253 new cases of COVID-19, and 6 additional deaths in South Carolina

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  Local hospitals receive $84M federal funding so far

  No reopening day set for SC AME churches; health disparities among African Americans a factor

  More than $50M needed for summer academic camps; sport team competitions may be prohibited

Additional COVID-19 mobile testing sites announced

  Isle of Palms may cancel 4th of July fireworks

  Folly Beach businesses see boom on Memorial Day

  90 new cases of COVID-19, and 5 additional deaths in South Carolina

Health officials have announced 90 new cases of COVID-19 and 5 more deaths in South Carolina.

  Charleston Airport not expected to rebound to pre-pandemic traveler numbers until 2022

The Charleston International Airport is set to see its fewest fliers over a Memorial Day weekend in recent years and may not see a full rebound until 2022.

COVID-19 meant less driving in SC and less gas tax collected

When the COVID-19 shutdown started in March, traffic in South Carolina dropped 25% compared to March 2019, the state Department of Transportation said.

Upstate 19-year-old creates business to help with shortage caused by COVID-19

A 19-year-old in Gaffney saw a shortage caused by COVID-19. Hart Bridges then decided to start his own mask business called Rosleck Safety to help.

  209 new cases of COVID-19, and ten additional deaths in South Carolina

Memorial Day Band Concert canceled, observance to take place

Riverbanks Zoo reopens with new reservation requirement

NASCAR all alone on motorsports biggest day of racing

How Midlands buffet-style restaurants are surviving during the pandemic

  209 new cases of COVID-19, and ten additional deaths in South Carolina

Lawsuit: NC laws expose many voters to virus risks

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of elderly or disabled residents whose medical conditions make them more vulnerable to coronavirus.

SC likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

South Carolina’s decision to allow absentee voting by mail for anyone in next month’s primaries because of the coronavirus could mean a long night waiting for results.

S.C. Aquarium reopens and requires online ticket purchases to limit capacity and reduce contact

If you are planning a trip to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, you must buy your tickets online.

Half of SC’s hospitality jobs gone; jobless rate hits record

South Carolina’s unemployment rate soared to a level never seen in more than 40 years of reporting as the coronavirus wiped out nearly half the state’s restaurant tourism and other hospitality jobs.

245 new cases of COVID-19, and 3 additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 9,368, and those who have died to 419, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

15-30% more people test positive for antibodies than COVID-19

This data could give us a sense of how many people have contracted COVID-19 and not just the number of people who tested positive, since many people were not able to get tested and others never developed symptoms.

SCDOT Releases initial COVID-19 impact projections

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has released its initial projections of the financial impact of COVID-19.

  Man laid off during COVID-19 pandemic loses home in fire

An Orangeburg man who was laid off from his job during the COVID-19 pandemic lost his home in a fire four days later. James and Debbie Green say they lost everything they owned in the May 5 blaze.

British Airways suspends flights at Charleston airport for season

Charleston International Airport officials have confirmed British Airways suspended direct service from Charleston to London.

  Weight loss experts say now’s the time to get back on track

If you become accustomed to a less active working from home routine, the idea of getting back on track with exercise and eating right might seem like a daunting task.

  Patriots Point museum to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend

One of the Tri-County area’s largest attractions is reopening Friday after several weeks of being shut down.

  Restaurants see impacts from food delivery services during pandemic

Some services can charge restaurant 30% of each order as commission.

How the COVID-19 is magnifying South Carolina’s ‘digital divide’

With many South Carolinians relying on the internet for work, schooling, and even getting medical help, some said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown South Carolina needs to bridge the digital divide.

  199 new cases of COVID-19, and 9 additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 9,379, and those who have died to 416, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Charleston campaign lures visitors back to the Holy City after closures

Officials with Explore Charleston report the area’s hospitality and tourism industry has potentially lost more than a billion dollars because of closures related to the coronavirus. Now, the region’s marketing organization is targeting travelers from nearby states.

  Some close contact businesses hold off on reopening

Some close contact businesses are looking to stick with socially distant operations while statewide restrictions lessen.

  Several law enforcement agencies set to be on Folly Beach for Memorial Day weekend

Every Folly Beach police officer is scheduled to work Memorial Day weekend as the city prepares for an influx of beachgoers, and now some other agencies are stepping in to help.

  515K South Carolinians have filed for unemployment in the past 9 weeks, state says

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce confirmed Thursday the number of South Carolinians to file initial unemployment claims has topped the half-million mark.

Apply now for up to $1,500 toward rent payment through SC Housing

SC Housing has set aside $5 million to help South Carolinians facing financial hardships amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  Gov. McMaster lifts restrictions on S.C. attractions starting Friday

McMaster also announced that youth and adult sports leagues will be allowed to begin practicing on May 30, with competitive play resuming on June 15.

  Mount Pleasant opens gyms for swimming and volleyball

Only swimming and volleyball are up and running inside the Park West and Town Hall facilities and even those two sports have significant limitations.

  Civil rights group urges state’s prison system to release some inmates due to COVID-19 cases

The American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina is fighting for the release of state prisoners who have a higher risk for complications and death related to COVID-19.

  Fact or Fiction: Are you safe from COVID-19 outside?

As beaches and restaurants reopen in the Lowcountry you may be wondering if it’s safer to be outside in order to avoid coronavirus.

  125 new cases of COVID-19, and 8 additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 9,175, and those who have died to 407, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Williamsburg Co. nursing home reports 79 staff and resident COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths

Data released by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control shows the only nursing home in Kingstree with nearly eight dozen confirmed cases among staff and residents over the past 30 days.

  Trident Technical College plans to hold some in-person classes this summer

The plan is to have these courses start on June 15, though the date could change based on availability of personal protective equipment and other necessarily changes.

CARTA and TriCounty Link return to full operations on May 26

Officials have announced that the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority and TriCounty Link will return to full operations on Tuesday, May 26 with limited exceptions.

Beaufort Elementary School employee tests positive for COVID-19; building cleared

District officials said a Beaufort Elementary School staff member who has been working in the building tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday morning.

  North Charleston city pools open with limits on number of swimmers

Community pools in the City of North Charleston are opening this week with restrictions on the number of swimmers allowed at one time.

  Williamsburg Co. COVID-19 testing clinic adjusts hours because of weather

Weather concerns prompted an adjustment of hours for Wednesday’s COVID-19 testing clinic in Williamsburg County.

  “Keep It Moving” order becomes recommendation on Sullivan’s Island

On Tuesday, Sullivan's Island town council voted to change their emergency ordinance related to beach activity. People will not be able to bring beach chairs, coolers, or shade devices.

  Antibody tests could hold key to determine how many have been exposed to COVID-19

Antibody testing is becoming more widely available and it could hold the key to determining how many people have been exposed to the coronavirus. The testing is also an effective marketing tool for a local nonprofit.

  137 new cases of COVID-19, and 8 additional deaths in South Carolina

As of Tuesday, there have been a total of 135,063 coronavirus tests with 126,007 testing negative and 9,056 testing positive.

  More than a dozen Charleston restaurants have expanded their patios

It’s been one week since the City of Charleston gave the OK for restaurants to use sidewalks and extended parking lots to expand their outdoor seating for dining.

  McMaster has no plans to close SC beaches following large turn out this past weekend

Gov. Henry McMaster said he has no plans to close any South Carolina beaches after pictures and videos throughout the state showed crowded beaches this past weekend.

  You Paid for it: $65M CARES Act funding to SC DSS for kids and families

South Carolina’s Department of Social Services received nearly $65 million from the CARES Act to help children and families during the COVID crisis.

  Gov. McMaster urges caution as COVID-19 restrictions are eased

Gov. Henry McMaster is warning South Carolinians who are ready to get out of the house not to let their guard down against COVID-19.

Lowcountry Chick-Fil-A location honors its 2020 graduates

Chick-Fil-A of Moncks Corner is paying tribute to their graduating team members with a special display in their drive thru this week.

  Technology the ‘new norm’ for expecting mothers during pandemic

Delivering a baby during a pandemic can be worrisome, but hospitals are trying to keep things as normal as possible.

  South Carolina salons busy, cautious on first day back open

Owners at Lava Salon said they are glad to open their doors but have put several protocols in place to protect staff and guests.

  126 new cases of COVID-19, and 6 additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 8,942, and those who have died to 391, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Charleston County sheriff: No inmates, staff with COVID-19 at jail

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said currently there are no inmates or staff with COVID-19 at the county jail.

For first time in 2 years, Dorchester Paws empties shelter

A weekend adoption event helped find homes for every dog being housed in the Dorchester Paws shelter.

More than 60 ‘Rule to Vacate’ filings recorded in Charleston Co. since Friday

Charleston County records show at least five dozen court filings considered the first step in the eviction process have been made since Friday.

Here’s where to find free COVID-19 mobile screening clinics across the Tri-County

Mobile clinics are making it more convenient for people across the Tri-County area to be tested to COVID-19.

  UofSC cancels fall break, makes changes to Fall 2020 semester

University of South Carolina officials announced plans for an accelerated fall semester, according to a letter posted to the university website.

  Hair stylists prepare to welcome customers back

Hair salons are one of the many close contact businesses reopening Monday for the first time since the governor shut them down on March 31.

  Salons, gyms and other close-contact S.C. businesses can reopen Monday

As of Monday morning, “close-contact” businesses in South Carolina are allowed to reopen to customers with restrictions in place.

  Gyms prepare to reopen with new precautions, safety restrictions

The gym plans to close down throughout the day to deep clean with a sanitizing fog machine.

  163 new cases of COVID-19, and 5 additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 8,816 and those who have died to 385, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Anglican church in West Ashley resumes in-person service with new safety protocols

Some churches in the Lowcountry are beginning to hold in person services during the coronavirus pandemic while others have decided to wait.

Harris Teeter announces free COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites

Harris Teeter announced it will partner with Kroger Health and The Little Clinic to offer free COVID-19 tests for qualifying individuals in the Carolinas.

Riders come to Grand Strand despite Bike Week postponement

Horry County Council voted in favor of pushing back the spring bike rally from this week until later in July due to coronavirus concerns and restrictions on large gatherings.

Judge promises quick decision on witness absentee signature

A federal judge said she will do her best to decide quickly if a requirement that absentee ballots in South Carolina have the signature of a witness is constitutional with people trying to stay isolated because of the coronavirus.

Darius Rucker spreads message of hope, encouragement amid virus outbreak

Country star Darius Rucker is offering words of hope and encouragement to fellow South Carolinians amid the coronavirus pandemic.

How parents of children with cancer are navigating COVID-19

Children generally have more mild symptoms of COVID-19 than adults, according to the CDC.

New uptown Charlotte restaurant to utilize thermal camera to check customer’s temperature

Restaurant owners continue to say your safety is their top priority as they get ready for the chance to re-open in North Carolina. When that happens, there’s one restaurant that’s doing something many of us have never seen before to protect you.

  Isle of Palms sees heavy traffic after beach reopens

City leaders for the Isle of Palms say Saturday’s large crowds and traffic backups caught them off guard.