Coronavirus

  State leaders facing 2nd wave as US virus cases hit 9 million

Days before the presidential election, new confirmed virus cases continue to spiral, passing the 9 million mark Friday.

  Family, friends mourn passing of Lowcountry soul food restaurateur Alice Warren

N.C. reports 2,800+ new COVID-19 cases for second-straight day

  2nd study testing a COVID-19 antibody drug has a setback

South Carolina receives $1.14 million to prevent spread of COVID-19 in healthcare facilities

S.C. reports 680 new cases of COVID-19, 7 additional deaths

  Empty Parisian sidewalks as France enters day 1 of lockdown

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Rep. Joe Cunningham and Rep. Tom Reed to host virtual COVID-19 town hall

  MUSC continuing COVID-19 vaccine trial and study

  Charleston County Schools launches learning pods, looking to expand

  S.C. reports 918 new cases of COVID-19, 13 additional deaths

Pope ends public audiences, eyes Christmas as virus surges

  How to make Halloween as safe as possible for you and trick-or-treaters

Charleston asks residents to practice safe Halloween as COVID-19 risk remains

City of Charleston leaders are reminding the public to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if they celebrate Halloween.

  ‘Difficult winter’: Europe divided on lockdowns; cases soar

Germany’s disease control agency said local health authorities reported 16,774 new positive tests for COVID-19 in the past day, pushing the country’s total since the start of the outbreak close to the half million-mark.

S.C. reports slight increase in first-time unemployment claims over previous week

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says 3,837 people filed their first unemployment claims last week, an increase of more than 200 from the previous week.

  Charleston wants to use $900k from CARES Act to acquire property for affordable housing

While this money was allocated to provide coronavirus relief, the city wants to use around $900,000 for acquiring property for transitional or rental affordable housing.

  Some S.C. lawmakers calling for emergency session to address pandemic as cases rise

  S.C. reports 636 new cases of COVID-19, 32 additional deaths

Kroger pharmacies to offer $25 rapid COVID-19 antibody tests

Chesterfield deputy saves unconscious infant diagnosed with COVID-19

  Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

Ceremony to be held Friday at SC State House to honor lives lost to COVID-19

  CVS expands COVID-19 testing services

The pharmacy chain wants to add rapid-result testing at nearly 1,000 locations by the end of the year.

City of Charleston receiving $1.1M in federal COVID-related funds

The Department of HUD has provided another special award to the City of Charleston in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  What goes into making a vaccine?

Right now, there's no FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19, but researchers are racing to create one.

  Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

The average number of new cases per day in the U.S. has soared more than 40% over the past two weeks, from around 49,000 to about 70,000.

  Fact or Fiction: COVID-19 vaccine- speedy but safe?

The CDC says multiple COVID-19 vaccines are under development. As of this month, four large-scale clinical trials are under way.

Store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear masks

The alleged attack late Sunday by 21-year-old Jessica Hill and 18-year-old Jayla Hill left the 32-year-old victim hospitalized in critical condition.

  ‘We’re working on it:’ Pope’s COVID advisers and the mask

At age 83 and with part of his lung removed after an illness in his youth, Pope Francis would be at high risk for complications if he were to become infected with COVID-19.

  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston’s fundraising shortages blamed on pandemic

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston provides free housing and meals for families who have children receiving care at local hospitals.

Governor bans indoor dining in Chicago amid virus surge

Surging COVID-19 cases in Chicago prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday to ban indoor dining and bar services and limit the number of people gathering in one place.

S.C. reports 755 new cases of COVID-19, 19 additional deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 755 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 19 additional deaths.

  Medicare finalizing coverage policy for coronavirus vaccine

The administration official said Medicare’s announcement will try to resolve several legal technicalities that could conceivably get in the way of delivering free vaccines to millions of seniors, a high-risk group for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

  Still hampered by virus, US casinos want aid in recovering

The U.S. casino industry is seeking tax and regulatory relief from the government as it tries to recover from the coronavirus outbreak, which cost states more than $2 billion in lost tax revenue while casinos were shut down for four months this year.

  New protests loom as Europeans tire of virus restrictions

All of Europe is grappling with how to halt a fall resurgence of the virus before its hospitals become overwhelmed again.

  Study: Heart scans uncover COVID-19 damage in some patients

Researchers have found that ultrasounds give a better indication of which COVID-19 patients have a higher risk of dying.

  Masks could save more than 100K lives in US through February, study suggests

A new study estimates that if most Americans wore masks in public, more than 100,000 lives could be saved from COVID-19 between now and the end of February.

  South Carolina High School League debate winter sports seasons

The Executive Committee of the South Carolina High School League say they are planning on discussing Winter sports season proposals.

  Husband in world’s longest-lived couple dies at 110 after pandemic brings depression

The couple had received the Guinness record for the world’s longest-lived marriage on August 25, with a combined age of 214 years and 358 days.

Federal government sending more than 1.5 million COVID-19 tests to South Carolina

HHS officials said the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests can diagnose coronavirus infection in as little as fifteen minutes.

  Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared

Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in cases engulfing the country.

  S.C. reports 755 new cases of COVID-19, and 20 additional deaths

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 163,946, probable cases to 7,555, confirmed deaths to 3,587, and 236 probable deaths.

  French doctor warns his country has ‘lost control’ of virus

Europe’s confirmed death toll has surpassed 250,000 according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, which puts the global toll at more than 1.1 million.

  CDC highlights safety tips for in-person voting amid pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding Americans to be cautious while voting.

  Trident Medical Center looks to hire 60 nurses amid nationwide shortage

Chief nursing officer Mary Kaye Halterman said Trident is trying to get ahead of projected worsening of a national nursing shortage over the next decade.

S.C. reports 1,281 new cases of COVID-19, 7 confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 1,281 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday.

  New US virus cases top 83,700 for 2nd day in row

Close to 8.6 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and about 225,000 have died.

S.C. reports 628 new cases of COVID-19, 14 confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 628 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday.

N.C. deputy dies day after after testing positive for COVID-19

Deputy Danny H. Rouse, with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, felt ill at work on October 19 and was admitted to the hospital the following day where she tested positive for coronavirus.

  US sets coronavirus infection record; deaths near 224,000

The U.S. coronavirus caseload has reached record heights with more than 83,000 infections reported in a single day.

  Fauci suggests nationwide mask requirement as virus numbers climb

The country’s most famous expert on COVID is a fan of masks, but Dr. Anthony Fauci hasn’t supported mandating them at the federal level. In light a of a new model that shows a winter surge of infection is already upon us, he told CNN’s Erin Burnett maybe it is time to require them.

  Some Lowcountry hospitals near acute bed capacity, worry another COVID surge happening

Officials with Tidelands Health in Georgetown County say they believe parts of the state are entering another surge in COVID-19 cases.

  10 Colleton Co. students in quarantine after 2 teachers test positive for COVID-19

Two teachers at Cottageville Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19, and now 10 students as well as one staff member are in quarantine.

  S.C. reports 784 new cases of COVID-19, 18 confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 784 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday.

  Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to Idaho reel under the surge.

  Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 41 million people and killed more than 1.1 million, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.

Plexiglass Partitions delivered to Colleton County schools

The Colleton County School District says 6,000 plexiglass desk partitions were delivered to schools in the county.

  Charleston Co. Elections hopes changes will help Election Day lines

“Monumental” is the word Charleston County Elections Executive Director Joe Debney used to describe this year’s election.

  State health officials warn of increasing overdoses caused by pandemic

Health experts warned the coronavirus pandemic has led to more overdose incidents and deaths in South Carolina in 2020, and they are pushing people to dispose of their unused medications this weekend.

  FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat COVID-19. Remdesivir is an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing hospitalization.

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus.

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

In an earnings report released Thursday, Southwest cited findings by medical and aviation organizations as a reason for resuming normal sales.

UofSC to schedule ‘wellness holidays’ instead of Spring Break

University of South Carolina officials said Thursday the school will not schedule spring break in its spring academic calendar.

Clemson University instruction going online-only after Thanksgiving holiday, officials say

Clemson University announced on Thursday a major change about its student instruction during the pandemic: After the Thanksgiving holiday, all student learning will go online.

  S.C. reports 921 new cases of COVID-19, 40 confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 921 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday.

Georgetown votes unanimously to extend city mask ordinance

Georgetown City Council voted Thursday afternoon to extend its ongoing face covering ordinance for another 60 days.

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

From Italy to the United Kingdom, nations are trying to get a handle on a surging pandemic.

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

Some of those suffering from that symptom say they can feel its effects even months after their original diagnosis.

  S.C. reports lowest total of new weekly unemployment claims since pandemic began

South Carolina employment officials say the number of initial unemployment claims filed last week dropped to the lowest number since mid-March.

  Middle schooler threatened with arrest for missing less than 2 hours of virtual class

The school principal says the incident is the result of new California guidelines which require districts to keep a closer eye on student attendance.

  25 COVID-19 cases reported at Coastal Center; four dorms quarantined

A Dorchester County facility that has more than 140 residents and employs nearly 350 people is once again in the midst of an active COVID-19 outbreak.

  McMaster stops in Charleston, encourages small businesses to apply for grant program

Governor Henry McMaster stopped in the Lowcountry on Wednesday morning to encourage small business owners and nonprofit owners to apply for a new grant program.

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

It wasn’t clear whether the volunteer received the vaccine or a placebo shot.

  Hundreds of elder care facilities not allowing visitors

Across South Carolina, there are hundreds of nursing homes and Community Residential Care Facilities that are not allowing visitations, but that number is fluctuating weekly.

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

The CDC advises anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for two weeks.

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff.

  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

Multiple vaccine candidates are in final-stage studies in tens of thousands of adults, and scientists are hopeful that the next few months will bring evidence that at least some of them are safe and effective enough for widespread use.

S.C. reports 686 new cases of COVID-19, 11 additional deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 686 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

These items, all under $15, can help make distance learning more appealing to even the youngest learners.

2 charged with felony theft of PPE from law enforcement training center

The U.S. Attorney General District of South Carolina Office says they have arrested two men for stealing personal protective equipment from a federal law enforcement training center.