Coronavirus

  Fact or Fiction: Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 may provide protection from getting infected

The CDC also says there's a chance a positive result means you have antibodies from an infection in the same family of coronaviruses like the common cold, not necessarily COVID-19.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

Study hints, can’t prove, survivor plasma fights COVID-19

  SC announces 1,015 new COVID-19 cases, 16 more deaths Friday

S.C. reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time this week

Twin beams of light won’t shine during 9/11 tribute in NYC due to coronavirus

  Disability employee complains about hazard pay during COVID-19 pandemic

  Rural families without internet face tough choice on school

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  Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least Sept.

N.C. reports 1,300+ new COVID-19 cases as public schools prepare to reopen

  Hospital staff hosts wedding ceremony for COVID-19 patient

  CCSD: Virtual Academy registration deadline fast approaching

  Trump and Biden trade barbs over coronavirus response, masks

  In pandemic, single-use plastics, PPE cause concerns about environment

  A look inside: St. George Middle School prepares for new school year

The start of a new school year is just around the corner and some students are getting ready to head back to class.

  Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate

Joe Biden is calling for a nationwide protective mask mandate over the next three months.

Summerville Town Council extends face mask covering requirement

Summerville Town Council voted Thursday night to extend the town’s emergency ordinance requiring the public to wear face coverings inside businesses where face-to-face interaction occurs and where social distancing is not possible.

NCAA cancels fall championships as major football marches on

The NCAA will not conduct fall championship events — a move that does not affect major college football — because not enough schools are competing in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

  Hundreds of evictions filed in the Tri-County since moratorium lifted

  EXCLUSIVE: SC woman’s death certificate lists COVID-19, but family says she never had it

US seizes digital currency accounts used by militant groups

  S.C. reports 907 new cases of COVID-19, 35 additional deaths

  S.C. sets new low in initial unemployment claims since pandemic began

  Beach parking rules to change on the Isle of Palms

Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta mask mandate

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday said he’s dropping a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta in a dispute over the city’s requirement to wear masks in public and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SoCon postpones fall conference competition

The Citadel will be allowed to play non conference games in the fall

  SC announces 907 new COVID-19 cases, 35 more deaths Thursday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 103,051 and confirmed deaths to 2,089.

  Chicken wings test positive for coronavirus in China

Health officials tested people who came in contact with the product, and all results were negative. Officials did not say the brand of the chicken product.

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

A modest Trump administration overture on Wednesday generated nothing but stepped-up carping and accusations of bad faith.

  Family kicked off Southwest Airlines flight after boy with autism wouldn’t wear mask

All passengers over the age of 2 must wear a mask. There are no exceptions.

Halloween candy arriving earlier in some stores due to pandemic

Halloween-specific candies and packaging are already available in some grocery stores in the U.S.

AMC to offer 15-cent tickets on first day of reopening

AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie.

  Isle of Palms Mayor looks to ease parking restrictions

Leaders on the Isle of Palms say they might be easing up their parking restrictions following Thursday’s Emergency Council meeting.

N.C. ‘reporting error’ fuels 200,000 COVID testing overcount

DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen says the error doesn’t affect data on key metrics such as the number of confirmed cases and deaths.

  S.C. Aquarium confirms nearly 2 dozen layoffs

Financial losses blamed on the coronavirus pandemic forced South Carolina Aquarium leaders to lay off 23 employees.

  Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

The move came one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not be participating this fall.

  Charleston Co. parents may not learn if their child can return until within a week of school’s start

Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait is set to answer questions from parents and students about next year during a live YouTube event Wednesday.

  State epidemiologist on newest COVID-19 numbers: ‘Wearing face masks works’

South Carolina’s state epidemiologist says new data released Wednesday indicates mask ordinaces across the state are helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

The White House’s top negotiator is trying to revive stalled talks over coronavirus aid.

  Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19

These drugs are believed to last for a month or more and could give quick, temporary immunity to people at high risk of infection, such as health workers and housemates of someone with COVID-19.

  Gov. McMaster announces plans for delivery of PPE equipment for schools

Gov. Henry McMaster says he is allocating $10 million from the state’s reserve account to help pay for personal protective equipment to be distributed to schools throughout the state.

  Palmetto Project helping people navigate unemployment insurance process

A statewide nonprofit in South Carolina is helping people file for unemployment insurance.

  Charleston County Library, officials look to close rural ‘digital deserts’

In a time when home internet has nearly become a priority for schools and businesses, some still struggle to have basic access.

  ‘Wearing face masks works’ DHEC says as it announces 712 new COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths in SC

Since face requirements have gone into effect in some areas, those places have seen an overall decrease of 15.1% of total cases, DHEC said.

9-year-old Tri-State girl expected to die from unknown condition

The girl tested positive for coronavirus in May.

US budget deficit climbs to record $2.81 trillion

The Treasury Department says the U.S. budget deficit climbed to $2.81 trillion in the first 10 months of the budget year.

  Ballot drop boxes are next legal fight in voting

Millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail this fall as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

No patrons at the Masters this year, Augusta National Golf Club says

Even as sporting events around the country continue to start back up, putting the health and safety of Masters patrons at risk was too big a hill to climb, according to Ridley.

Big South Conference Delays Fall Seasons; Targets Spring

CSU football still allowed to play up to 4 non-conference games in the fall

Free COVID-19 testing announced at several ‘pop-up’ sites around the Lowcountry

In helping continue the deceleration of coronavirus cases around South Carolina, free pop-up testing sites have been scheduled this week, the Department of Health and Environmental Control said.

  CCSD hosting virtual conversation about upcoming school year

The Charleston County School District says they will be holding a live video chat Wednesday afternoon on their Youtube Channel for families to ask the Superintendent questions about the upcoming school year.

  New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

Health authorities in New Zealand were scrambling Wednesday to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation’s largest city went back into lockdown.

  World’s last Blockbuster store offers Airbnb experience

During a time when many businesses are struggling to stay afloat, the last remaining Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon, is defying the odds.

  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

The vaccine is still in clinical trials and has not been approved by the FDA but is already being manufactured, so if it is approved, it can be rolled out quickly.

  Teenage Chili’s hostess reportedly attacked by large group of women after trying to enforce COVID-19 guidelines

A 17-year-old hostess at the Chili’s on Constitution Avenue was reportedly attacked by a group of more than 11 women after she told them they could not all sit together, per the restaurant’s COVID-19 social distancing policies.

SC Department of Corrections announces another COVID-19 Inmate death

SCDC says this is the department’s 12th inmate death associated with the virus.

  SC tops 2,000 total deaths as COVID-19 cases increase

DHEC announced 928 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 45 additional confirmed deaths Tuesday.

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

The move comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.

  Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil.

S.C. reports 928 new cases of COVID-19, 45 additional deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 928 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 45 deaths, pushing the number of the number of deaths in South Carolina due to COVID-19 past 2,000.

  Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials could backfire.

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.

Duke scientists rate which masks work and which don’t

In the study, scientists were looking for the masks that best contain the droplets that are created when people speak.

  Eastside’s neighborhood association launching internet cafe to expand internet access in community

The president of the Eastside Community Development Corporation Latonya Gamble says it's a necessity and they're in need of donations to serve more people.

Questions to ask your child’s school before going back to in-person class

Here are some questions you can ask your child’s school or daycare before sending them back to the classroom.

  How to protect kids from digital eye strain during pandemic

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices.

  Georgetown won’t issue special event permits through end of year

The city of Georgetown says it has canceled all special events for the remainder of 2020.

  What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Anxious parents around the country are looking to schools that have already opened for signs of how it might go.

Charleston area’s COVID-19 cases ‘headed in right direction,’ MUSC says

The Medical University of South Carolina pinpointed the peak of COVID-19 cases in the Charleston area to July 5, according to new data released from its COVID-19 Epidemiology Project.

  Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.

  90% increase in COVID-19 cases seen in US children over last month, report says

Severe symptoms still appear rare among those kids infected, making up less than 2% of hospitalizations. However, at least 90 children have died from the disease.

  Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

With more than 60 million beneficiaries, Social Security is funded by a 12.4% payroll tax evenly divided between employees and employers. Deferral could mean that up to $100 billion in payments would be delayed.

  Charleston Co. schools move forward with limited in-person start to school year

The school district says they are hopeful that about 25% of students in school buildings if certain conditions are met.

  States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Governors and state labor department officials around the country are scrambling to figure out if it is feasible to implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance for millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy

  As SC sees drop in COVID-19 cases, percent positive also down Monday

DHEC announced 718 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with 17 more deaths.

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world reach 20 million

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.

  In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, Democratic leaders are holding firm. They are using their leverage to force President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans.

Georgetown County Fire/EMS reinstates public programming

Public safety and education programs that have been on hiatus since March have started back up in a limited capacity according to Georgetown County.

College of Charleston suspends fall sports competition

The College of Charleston has announced the suspension of fall sports competition Monday.

S.C. reports 718 new cases of COVID-19, 17 additional deaths

Monday’s update on COVID-19 from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state past the 100,000 mark.

  Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for coronavirus

Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine.

SC governor asks health agency to track COVID-19 cases in schools

McMaster wants DHEC to report those numbers to the public daily.