Coronavirus

  In a test of faith, Christians mark Good Friday in isolation

Christians are commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion without the solemn church services or emotional processions of past years, marking Good Friday in a world locked down by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Veterans group collecting protective equipment for medical professionals

Stimulus payments from IRS start next week

  Man accused of pointing gun at a waving Easter Bunny while drunk and possibly infected with coronavirus

  Man honors veteran who died from COVID-19 with taps

8 new COVID-19 cases confirmed at Roper St. Francis Health

  US flu activity slides, death toll holds steady at 24K

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  Mother, son die of coronavirus one week apart

  As virus kills, NYC shortens deadline for claiming dead

  81-year-old patient at Trident Medical Center beats COVID-19

At least 74 people have died from coronavirus in North Carolina as total cases top 3,900

  Nurses weigh their principles vs safety in virus fight

  FedEx driver sanitizes package for girl with autoimmune disorder during coronavirus outbreak

  Oil producers OK 10% production cut to shore up prices

The agreement between OPEC and partner countries aims to cut 10 million barrels per day until July, then 8 million barrels per day through the end of the year, and 6 million a day for 16 months beginning in 2021.

Powerful Panthers video offers message of hope: ‘We’ll come back stronger'

An emotion-evoking video tweeted by the Carolina Panthers and narrated by Julius Peppers is hitting home for Carolina residents.

Lives Lost: At 97, World War II vet takes a final road

In his final months, Bill Chambers couldn't walk, but he found peace in motion.

  Father says Boris Johnson likely out of action for a while

Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19 two weeks ago.

  FDA warns Alex Jones about misbranded coronavirus cures

  Lowcountry Strong: Sewing headbands, spreading ‘sunshine’ to help healthcare workers

  Grandma who texted wrong teen for Thanksgiving loses husband to coronavirus

  Asian shares steady after Wall St caps best week since 1974

  Oklahoma man celebrates 100th birthday with parade

  Nurse isolates herself from family by living in RV donated through ‘RVs 4 MDs’ Facebook group

  South Carolina health officials announce 241 new cases of COVID-19, and 4 additional deaths

Health officials have announced 241 new cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina and 4 more virus-related deaths.

  U.S. states share, get creative in hunt for medical supplies

With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid to get respirators, gloves and other supplies to doctors, nurses and other front-line workers.

  16.8M Americans out of work; Easter celebrations move online

Governments warned that the hard-won gains against the scourge must not be jeopardized by relaxing social distancing over the holiday weekend.

  SC education group asks for temporary pay raise freeze

One South Carolina education group is asking lawmakers to temporarily hold off on teachers’ annual raises until they can meet to pass a budget.

Summerville town council votes to extend state of emergency

The vote temporarily suspends normal operating procedures of town council and authorizes the town administrator and mayor to develop and enact a plan to ensure the continuity in the delivery of government services during the coronavirus disease 2019 emergency.

Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires

To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters must work in close quarters for weeks at a time.

  5-year-old Alaska girl is serious about keeping people safe

Nova Knight is 5, and very serious about keeping others safe during the coronavirus outbreak. She recorded her own video to prove it.

Charleston Co. detention deputy and three more inmates test positive for COVID-19

A Charleston County detention deputy along with three more inmates at the Al Cannon Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19.

  IMF head sees worst economic downturn since Great Depression

The IMF will release an updated world economic forecast on Tuesday that will show just how quickly the coronavirus outbreak has turned what had been expected to be a solid year of growth into a deep downturn.

Africa must not be ‘neglected’ in virus fight, officials say

African officials are objecting to the global jostling to obtain medical equipment to combat the coronavirus.

  No social distancing in space: New crew greeted with hugs

Three astronauts flew to the International Space Station on Thursday, departing the virus-plagued planet with little fanfare and no family members at the launch site to bid them farewell.

Charleston mayor says citizens should continue to ‘stay home, stay smart’

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg held a press conference on Thursday afternoon telling citizens to continue to buckle down as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

  Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

Isolated people are rushing to care for animals, easing a burden on shelters and providing homes — even if just temporarily — for homeless dogs, cats and other pets.

  First responders hold parades for healthcare workers

Community members in the Lowcountry gathered Thursday morning to give thanks to the frontline healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

UK prime minister out of intensive care as condition improves

In a statement, a spokesman at 10, Downing Street said Johnson “has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery.”

Gray InvestigateTV COVID-19 Tracker surpasses 1 million views

Gray Television's county-by-county COVID-19 tracker has surpassed 1 million views, keeping local communities informed about emerging hotspots across the U.S.

  Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries ‘stunt’

Senators torpedoed quick passage of a new coronavirus aid package Thursday, with Democrats rejecting a Trump administration request for $250 billion to boost a small business payroll fund and Republicans refusing Democrats’ demand for another $250 billion for hospitals and states.

  School board members concerned about getting signatures for re-election during pandemic

Two Charleston County School board members, who are planning on running for re-election this year, are concerned about getting the required signatures to be on the ballot, a process that starts this month.

  Shrimpers want season opening delayed: ‘Everybody’s pretty much scared to go in the boats’

Commercial shrimpers in McClellanville want next week’s scheduled opening of shrimping season delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Live 5 Scambusters: New task force takes aim at Coronavirus scams and fraud

Scam artists have been preying on fears of the coronavirus and fraud as been rampant during this pandemic but a new task force has been started to battle the unseen enemy.

  Wall Street caps best week since 1974 on latest Fed stunner

The central bank announced programs to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to households, local governments and small and large businesses as the country tips into what economists say may be the worst recession in decades.

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

Coronavirus has already spread widely in Australia, which is coming out of its summer.

  US economy unlikely to recover as rapidly as it collapsed

The 2020 presidential and Senate elections likely will take place as the world's largest economy is still attempting to climb back from the deadly outbreak.

  Higher education institutions issuing refunds to help relieve COVID-19 financial burden

Colleges and Universities in South Carolina are expecting to lose millions of dollars because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Sailor from USS Roosevelt with coronavirus found unconscious, admitted to ICU

The sailor was found unconscious on March 30 and admitted to the ICU at the U.S. Navy hospital on Guam, according to a Thursday statement from the Navy.

  Start of Passover celebrated remotely, as families connect online

Being together while stuck apart, digital dinners with family and friends have helped bridge the physical gap caused by COVID-19.

Roper St. Francis Health confirm 10 new COVID-19 cases

Roper St. Francis Health officials say 10 new patients have tested positive to the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 141 for the hospital system.

  VIDEO: Julia Louis-Dreyfus PSA makes you want to be socially distant

In a tongue-in-cheek public service announcement for the State of California, Julia Louis-Dreyfus calls on her Golden State neighbors to stay at home to help curb the pandemic.

  Georgia bar removes dollar bills stapled on walls to help pay employees during coronavirus outbreak

A Georgia bar owner struggling to pay her employees spent more than three days removing stapled dollar bills from walls in order to pay workers hurting from the coronavirus outbreak.

  States struggle with coronavirus supply shortages

Nearly a month after President Donald Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency, states are still sounding the alarm on supply shortages.

  Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since coronavirus

The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948.

  Texas library employees use 3D printers to make protective gear for health care workers

Texas library workers are using 3D printers to help make protection gear for health care professionals fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

  Girl who inspired Charlotte’s Web marijuana oil dies

A girl with a rare form of epilepsy whose recovery inspired the name of a medical marijuana oil that drew families of children with similar health problems to Colorado for treatment has died after being hospitalized and treated as a likely coronavirus patient.

  Point of order: Congress weighs how to govern from afar amid coronavirus fight

The virus' continuing spread is raising doubts among lawmakers and aides that the House will reconvene in Washington as scheduled after April 20.

  City of Charleston offering free virtual recreation classes

The City of Charleston is promoting and marketing local organizations by offering free, virtual at-home recreation classes.

  Lowcountry Strong: Nonprofit serving more people during COVID-19

The executive director of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, Ericka Plater, said they have cut back on nonessential programs so staff can focus on the most needed items which are food and financial services.

Trump quietly shuts down asylum at US borders amid coronavirus fight

The government has temporarily swept aside decades-old national and international laws, saying holding people in custody is considered too dangerous.

  After mother’s death of coronavirus, two Colo. sisters forced to watch funeral over FaceTime

Families across the world are grieving for loved ones who died from coronavirus, but as the pandemic continues, they can't say goodbye in the traditional way.

  Mich. woman with coronavirus asked Amazon’s Alexa for help with pain 40 times in days before her death

The nursing home says its staff followed clinical practice guidelines in managing the 66-year-old's pain. She was one of 31 residents and five staff members who had tested positive for the virus.

  83 residents at Calif. nursing home hit by coronavirus evacuated after staff fails to show for work

After staff at the 90-bed facility didn’t show up for work two days in a row, the patients had to be moved to other healthcare locations in the county.

  Sheriff’s office: Two officers at Berkeley Co. detention center test positive for COVID-19

Officials with the sheriff’s office say two officers at the Berkeley County detention center have tested positive for COVID-19.

Waffle House sells out of waffle mix in 4 hours

Waffle House just found out its signature product is as popular online as in its restaurants.

HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

The Department of Health and Human Services told the Associated Press Wednesday that the federal stockpile was in the process of deploying all remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory. A small percentage will be kept in reserve to support federal response efforts, the department said

  Lowcountry Strong: Man posts messages outside hospital for brother battling cancer

The coronavirus has restricted visitors to hospitals across the Lowcountry, but one man is determined to encourage his brother who’s battling cancer.

  Charleston city councilman pushes for plan to help small businesses

As businesses across the state wait for federal aid and apply for loans, one Charleston city council member says help may not come fast enough.

  Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

Even as coronavirus deaths continue to mount across Europe, New York and other hot spots, the U.S. and other governments are slowly beginning to envision an exit strategy.

  South Carolina health officials announce 139 more cases of COVID-19, and 12 additional deaths

The latest figures brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 2,552, and those who have died to 63, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return

In fashioning the recommendations, the Trump administration appeared to be trying to balance political and public health concerns.

  New CDC guidance for essential workers during coronavirus

The guidance is focused on when those workers can return to work after having been exposed to the new coronavirus.

  Berkeley County students can access free internet from school bus ‘hot spots’

Berkeley County School District leaders are working with Google to give students better access to reliable internet, especially for families in St. Stephen where wifi connections aren’t available.

Coronavirus claims couple just 4 days apart

As the pandemic consumed the world, Joan and Ed Porco fell victim to it. Ed, who was 89, and Joan, who was 90, died four days apart on Long Island.

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

Some small business owners say they can't find a place to get a loan through the federal coronavirus relief package meant to help pay employees, rent and other expenses.

Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients

Some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients.

MUSC reports more than 300 positive COVID-19 cases

The Medical University of South Carolina reported 26 additional cases of COVID-19 cases bringing the total to 321 cases.

  Engineers turn breast pumps into ventilators

The engineering group is consulting with pulmonologists to make sure they’re on the right track.

Charleston Co. inmates who shared sleeping quarters with COVID-19 inmate test positive for virus

Two Charleston County inmates who shared sleeping quarters with another inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus.

  Over half of SC’s child care facilities have chosen to close amid COVID-19 outbreak

South Carolina child care centers do not have to close during the COVID crisis, but can if they choose to.

  Goose Creek charter school welcomes new students to enroll during coronavirus pandemic

Any student can attend, they don't have to live in Berkeley County.