1,723 new cases of COVID-19, and 22 additional deaths in South Carolina

State health officials have reported 1,723 new cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional deaths in South Carolina. Charleston County had the most new cases reported on Thursday with 325.

N.C. sees 1,000+ hospitalized for COVID-19 for first time, 2,000+ more cases

‘Schools should remain virtual’: S.C. for Ed disagrees with pediatric group’s push to reopen schools

S.C. unemployment claim totals surpass 650K mark

SC senators, officials discuss reopening schools safely

Program can bring financial relief to those waiting for coronavirus test results

Servicemembers honor World War II veteran during ceremony for inspiring troops during pandemic

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  1,537 new cases of COVID-19, and 38 additional deaths in South Carolina

Organizers ‘moving forward’ with planning for SC State Fair

Bank of America closes several locations in the Lowcountry due to COVID-19

Federal agencies, hazmat crews respond to Florida church selling COVID-19 ‘miracle solution’

Multiple Lowcountry counties need ‘stay at home’ orders, Harvard researchers say

S.C hospital group reports increase in younger patients hospitalized with COVID-19

Tidelands Health physician weighs in on COVID-19 treatment process

With South Carolina registering hundreds of new positive COVID-19 cases daily, some might be curious about the treatment process for the virus.

  Fifth South Carolina inmate dies of coronavirus contracted in prison

The South Carolina Department of Corrections said an inmate from MacDougall Correctional Institution died from complications of COVID-19 Tuesday.

  American Academy of Pediatrics encourages schools to reopen

Although distance learning played a crucial part in education during the first few months of the pandemic, pediatric care specialists say current evidence points to the benefits of in-person learning.

SC Department of Corrections starting targeted testing at ‘hotspot’ facilities to slow spread of COVID-19

South Carolinians with loved ones behind bars said the rising number of COVID-19 cases in prisons concerns them.

  City of Charleston facing $40 million budget shortfall due to pandemic

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

  The Citadel to resume classes early as coronavirus safety measure

  Lowcountry EMS workers taking precautions as they care for patients

Uninsured SC residents can apply for free COVID-19 testing

Taiwan donates 92,000 surgical masks to South Carolina to support frontline medical personnel

  7-percent of MUSC’s COVID-19 inpatients are children

Seven of the 101 COVID-19 inpatients at the Medical University of South Carolina are children, according to the hospital. The breakdown of ages is not available, but they are all under the age of 18.

  How Lowcountry cities, organizations use COVID-19 data to help those in need

The City of Charleston recently released a website called City Health Dashboard, which tracks all types of health-related data for cities around the United States from diabetes to breast cancer and now, COVID-19.

What COVID-19 safety precautions are you taking? SCDHEC wants to know

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control wants to know how you’re staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SC high school football coaches come up with recommendations regarding 2020 season

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, the South Carolina Football Coaches Association offered a few recommendations regarding the upcoming high school football season.

  Parent Survival Guide: Braving the pool and the beach during the pandemic

As we try to enjoy all that summer brings, for many that means taking a dip in the community pool or making a splash at area beaches.

  Mount Pleasant Recreation Department opens registration for fall sports

Mount Pleasant officials say they are opening registration for several recreational sports leagues amid coronavirus worries.

S.C. has 10th fewest coronavirus restrictions, study finds

A new study shows that South Carolina ranks among states with the fewest restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic when compared to all U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

SC company rolling out face shields to schools across the country

In an effort to give schools one more option to reopen safely, a Columbia based manufacturing company is rolling out face shields for children.

  Charleston Airport sees highest traveler numbers since pandemic began

More than 33,000 travelers went through the Charleston International Airport last week, marking a new high since the pandemic began.

  Face masks mandatory in all Goose Creek businesses after mayor signs proclamation

Habib signed the emergency proclamation at 5 p.m. Monday at City Hall. The proclamation calls COVID-19 a growing threat, and requires all customers in Goose Creek retail and commercial outlets to wear a mask.

  You Paid For It: New healthcare company for Charleston County inmates

The Charleston County jail is working with a new health care company to treat sick inmates.

  1,505 new cases of COVID-19, and 6 additional deaths in South Carolina

State health officials have reported 1,505 new cases of COVID-19 and 6 additional deaths in South Carolina.Charleston County had the most reported cases on Monday with 326.

James Island passes ordinance requiring face masks at businesses, organizations

James Island Town Council has passed an ordinance requiring people to wear face masks at businesses and organizations.

  Safety precautions to consider when staying at a hotel as occupancy rates grow

The Charleston Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau says occupancy rates in the area are currently around 50 percent. This time last year it was at 75 percent or more.

AME Church to host free COVID-19 testing across S.C. this week

The African Methodist Episcopal Church will host a series of free COVID-19 testing sites in South Carolina, including Hemingway, Walterboro and Charleston.

  COVID-19 tests get $20 price hike

With demand rising, Lowcountry urgent care facilities are having to raise prices to accommodate high volume.

Blood donors to receive free COVID-19 antibody test and car services at Crews Chevrolet

Donors will get a free covid-19 antibody test and select car services at no cost.

Rare case of brain-destroying amoeba confirmed in Florida

Only four people of the 145 known infected individuals in the U.S. have survived, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

1,463 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths reported in SC

Sunday’s new cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state to 44,717 and the number of probable cases to 130.

Charleston Co. Library employee tests positive for Covid-19

The Library was notified by an employee of the St. Paul’s/Hollywood Library on Saturday for the positive case.

James Island Council to discuss mask ordinance on Monday

James Island Town Council will meet on Monday to discuss a proposed amendment to an emergency ordinance regarding face coverings.

  New daily record: S.C. confirms more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Saturday’s new cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state to 43,260 and the number of probable cases to 126.

  Couple married almost 60 years dies 30 hours apart from COVID-19

A special photo of a Topeka, Kansas, couple in the hospital, both fighting COVID-19, is bittersweet.

  ’Charleston on the Water’ concert planned for Fourth of July celebration amid other cancellations

Most towns and cities in the Lowcountry have cancelled their fourth of July events and fireworks shows because of the coronavirus pandemic, but two men are putting on their own celebration right in the middle of the Charleston Harbor Saturday.

  Lowcountry sees rise in positive COVID-19 tests in young adults

Doctors say they’re seeing an substantial increase in coronavirus cases in young adults across the Lowcountry.

  Carnival at Northwoods Mall implementing safety protocols while operating during pandemic

Dreamland Amusements has set up a carnival in the parking lot of the Northwoods Mall in North Charleston. The company says they have implemented about 10 different kinds of protocols.

  1,558 new cases of COVID-19, and 10 additional deaths in South Carolina

On Friday afternoon, officials with the Department of Health and Environmental control reported that 20.7% of 7,514 people tested for the coronavirus on Thursday tested positive.

  Daycares adapting to pandemic with SC DSS funding

About forty percent of child care centers in South Carolina are still closed during this pandemic. One director said it would be much worse without grant money through the Department of Social Services helping keep their doors open.

Firefighters urge fireworks safety this Fourth of July

The North Charleston Fire Department is reminding the community of safety tips and laws regarding fireworks this Independence Day.

  Freeze on business license penalties proving costly to the city

For Charleston businesses who haven't renewed their 2020 licenses, the fees for those late renewals have now been extended until 2021.

‘Put the damn mask on’: Strong message from SC hospital chief medical officer

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems Chief Medical Officer has a clear message to the community.

LIST: Here’s where face masks are and are not required in public places

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina continues to increase, communities across the state are meeting to discuss possible ordinances requiring people to wear face masks in public places.

  MUSC developing tests predicting severity of patients’ reaction to COVID-19

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina are developing a test that could predict how severe a patient’s reaction will be to COVID-19.

Married 71 years, Ohio couple die from COVID-19 one day apart

Glenn and Gertrude Richardson’s 72nd anniversary would have been Friday.

Federal authorities seize more than $80,000 tied to COVID-19 unemployment scheme in N.C.

Federal authorities have seized more than $80,000 tied to a coronavirus unemployment scheme in North Carolina.

21 Savage launches free online financial program for youth

21 Savage says he wants to empower youth to manage their money.

Texas woman spits on counter after being told to wear a mask

A woman in Fort Worth, Texas became verbally abusive and spit on the counter of a 7-Eleven after being told she needed to wear a face mask in order to make a purchase.

  Contact tracers not calling all patients diagnosed with coronavirus

Though the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control states it contacts all people who test positive for COVID-19, Live 5 News has learned that some people are not receiving a phone call.

  COVID-19 patients using ventilators increase as cases surge in SC

As coronavirus cases in South Carolina continue to surge, we are also seeing increases in the number of COVID-10 patients relying on ventilators. The good news is that hospitals in the state are nowhere close to running out of ventilators.

  Folly Beach leaders pass new 9 p.m. noise ordinance

Folly Beach officials have passed an ordinance on Thursday that requires businesses to end all music by 9 p.m. which includes live entertainment.

McMaster orders DHEC to postpone release of guidelines for nursing home visitations

Gov. Henry McMaster has directed the Department of Health and Environmental Control to postpone the release of guidelines for allowing limited visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

  1,629 new cases of COVID-19, and 19 additional deaths in South Carolina

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 39,587, and those who have died to 777, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  MUSC Burn Center bracing for July 4th injuries

MUSC’s Burn Center Director is bracing for a bad holiday weekend in terms of burn injuries. In fact, he’s worried it could be the worst they’ve ever seen.

  Lowcountry beach towns staying open for holiday weekend, taking COVID-19 precautions

Despite previous closures due to COVID-19, cities and towns along the coastline are planning to stay open during the current spike in cases across the Charleston area.

North Charleston requiring face coverings in public places

Mayor Keith Summey has signed an emergency proclamation requiring face coverings in public places in North Charleston beginning Friday, July 3, 2020 at noon.

  City of Columbia giving out free masks until July 10

Citizens will be able to receive up to two free masks per person or five masks per family.

  Charleston mayor: ‘Wear a mask. It’s just that simple’

Mayor John Tecklenburg urged residents to wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he said the number of confirmed cases is going in the wrong direction.

Williamsburg Civil, Magistrate and Family Courts close due to deputies’ positive COVID-19 tests

Williamsburg County will be suspending their civil courts because several deputies have been hospitalized for coronavirus.

Latest S.C. unemployment numbers show total of 635K+ new claims since March

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says the number of people who have filed their first claim for unemployment benefits continues to grow months after the coronavirus pandemic began having a major impact on jobs in the state.

  Attorney argues mask ordinances may be illegal

More cities and counties are enacting ordinances to require masks. While many people are applauding the decision, others are saying it goes against their Constitutional rights.

Man celebrates 107th birthday social distancing style

So much love and joy for a man who has just about seen it all.

  Spike of COVID-19 virus detected in Mt. Pleasant Waterworks sewage

The water utility company said the spike was detected from results of a wastewater sampling and monitoring study being conducted by DHEC and the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

  McMaster says if COVID-19 cases continue spike crowd restrictions may continue into the Fall

Gov. Henry McMaster and state health officials will be holding a press conference Wednesday afternoon on the state’s response to COVID-19. It’s expected to start at 4:30 p.m.

  Lowcountry hospitals respond to surge in COVID-19 patients needing medical care

Amid a record-breaking surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in South Carolina, healthcare officials are urging people to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday safely and continue taking precautions, like wearing masks.

  1,497 new cases of COVID-19, and 24 additional death in South Carolina

State health officials have reported 1,497 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 additional deaths in South Carolina.

Dorchester Co. passes ordinance requiring face masks in retail, food service establishments

The ordinance states that all customers are required to wear face coverings while inside the enclosed area of any retail or food service establishment, and when entering any building open to the public.

  College of Charleston finalized COVID-19 fall changes, housing reductions

Leaders at the College of Charleston are announcing many changes to student and academic life this fall to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including reducing housing capacity by more than a third.

‘I am exempt’ face mask cards are fake, feds warn

A face mask exempt card that supposedly allows someone who doesn’t want to follow ordinances that require face masks are not authorized by the U.S. Department of Justice.