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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.

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

City of Orangeburg issues curfew to combat spread of COVID-19

Teen girl, who was doctor-ordered to self-quarantine, purposely coughs on S.C. police officers

S.C.’s response rate for 2020 census among worst in country

  Charleston VA using 3D printer to make face shields for 75-percent cheaper than supplier

29-year-old shares story of coronavirus recovery after spending 4 days in the ICU

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South Carolina’s response rate for 2020 census among worst in the country

Data: Beaufort, Mt. Pleasant zip codes rank highest in estimated Lowcountry COVID-19 cases

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide in Hartsville, officials say

State lawmakers return for one-day session at State House

  Passover begins Wednesday with changes to Jewish tradition

  Senator: MUSC would have faced $100 million shortfall by June if layoffs didn’t happen

  McMaster’s ‘Home or Work’ order goes into effect

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, South Carolina residents will be bound by a “Home or Work” order issued by Gov. Henry McMaster.

SC Lowe’s employee tests positive for COVID-19

A Lowe’s employee in York, South Carolina has tested positive for COVID-19, Lowe’s confirmed Tuesday.

  S.C. self-employed workers wait for word on unemployment benefits

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says it has paid out approximately $10 million in unemployment benefits between March 29 through Thursday.

  Statewide burn ban set as precaution in pandemic

The South Carolina Forestry Commission says a burning ban for all counties is now in effect.

  S.C. couple ties the knot with family and friends watching live on Facebook

LIST: Non-essential S.C. business closures as ordered by Gov. McMaster

New S.C. COVID-19 zip code estimates suggest up to 15K cases possible statewide

U.S. Army places temporary hold on new basic training recruits

S.C. reports 183 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

  North Charleston man with COVID-19 recovering in hospital after days in ICU

Executive order forcing more non-essential businesses to close takes effect at 5 p.m.

Gov. Henry McMaster's executive order requiring the shutdown of more businesses labeled "non-essential" will take effect at the close of business Monday.

  Conway woman says goodbye to father over the phone before his passing from COVID-19 complications

Nancy Hopkins said goodbye to her father Robert McCord on April 1 after he battled the novel coronavirus for weeks.

  Tidelands Health expands PPE guidance ahead of ‘a surge of patients’ due to COVID-19

Administrators with Tidelands Health announced new guidance for the use of personal protective equipment by employees ahead of a “surge of patients” due to the spread of COVID-19.

Carolina Panthers buy land for new practice facility in SC

Property records show the Carolina Panthers have spent more than $16 million to buy the land for its new practice facility in South Carolina.

Meal prep suspended at Upstate school after employee tests positive for COVID-19, officials say

Greenville County Schools officials say they have suspended meal preparation at one site, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Beaufort City Council to consider shelter-in-place during emergency meeting

Beaufort City Council will hold a Special Emergency Council Meeting on Monday to discuss coronavirus concerns.

South Carolina to get new, lower budget prediction

The board that predicts how much money South Carolina will take in from taxes and fees to help set the budget is meeting Thursday.

One person injured in shooting in Lake City

One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting Saturday night in Lake City, according to authorities.

Kershaw Health nurses call for stricter COVID-19 protocols

Concerned nurses at Kershaw Health are asking for stricter regulations at the hospital in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

Some Democrats say SC Legislature meeting is unsafe

South Carolina lawmakers are coming back to the Statehouse for a day next week, but not everyone is happy the Republican dominated House and Senate will be in session as the coronavirus spreads.

SC state police receive accreditation and high honor

South Carolina’s state police agency has again been accredited by a major law enforcement organization.

‘It gives the kids hope:’ Conway area neighborhood celebrates social distancing parade

Sometimes it’s the things that make life difficult that bring communities back together.

1 charged after Hilton Head bicyclist killed

Troopers say the driver was charged with running a stop sign and driving without a license.

  DHEC reports 217 new coronavirus cases in South Carolina, six additional deaths

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 1,917, and those who have died to 40.

Walmart, Target to limit number of people in stores as retailers encourage social distancing

Walmart and Target, two of the nation’s largest retailers, announced Thursday that they will begin implementing new guidelines as it tries to keep both customers and its employees safe in the coronavirus outbreak.

Aiken Department of Public Safety investigating fatal shooting

Aiken Department of Public Safety is investigating a shooting that left one man dead.

  16 S.C. Dept. of Corrections employees test positive for COVID-19

A total of 16 staff members of the South Carolina Department of Corrections have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Two dead in Horry County single-vehicle collision

Two people are dead after a single-vehicle collision in Horry County Saturday morning.

DHEC reports negative COVID-19 testing results

As of April 3, the combined number of negative tests from both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs is 16,397.

Four arrested on weapons, drug charges in Orangeburg Co. following a shooting

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four people following a shooting on Thursday.

  Short-term rentals suspended for people from COVID-19 hot spots; non-essential list expanded

Gov. Henry McMaster says his Team South Carolina will provide an update on the state’s efforts to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

  South Carolina inmates making masks for health care workers

Inmates at two South Carolina correctional institutions are making more than 1,000 masks a day to give to health care workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Organizations continue work to curb domestic violence and abuse during pandemic

As Lowcountry communities enforce “stay at home” ordinances, organizations want to protect people who may have increased risks at home.

  COVID-19 in S.C.: By the numbers

Statistics released over the course of the week by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control shows a wide range of age groups are being affected by COVID-19.

  Governor orders S.C. health department to disclose COVID-19 counts by zip code

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he has ordered the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to disclose up-to-date numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip code.

  SC Restaurant and Lodging Association begins relief fund for hospitality workers

The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association along with the Scofflaw Brewing Company has launched a relief fund to help those who work in the hospitality industry who have been affected by COVID-19.

McMaster thanks State House leaders for calling one-day session

The South Carolina House and Senate plan to return for one day next week.

Baby born in S.C. during coronavirus outbreak gets parking garage welcome from friends

When Bryson Frye was born, he entered the world to an audience of one, but he still got a long-distance welcome party, thanks to family friends who went to great heights!

Health leaders warn smoking, vaping could put you at serious risk with COVID-19

New data out this week from the Centers for Disease and Prevention shows that over 70% of ICU admissions and over 75% of non-ICU hospitalizations for COVID-19 were of people who reported one or more underlying health conditions or had other risk factors like smoking or pregnancy.

Chief justice warns S.C. residents to not ‘take advantage’ of moratorium on evictions

While evictions are on hold, rent and mortgage payments are still due.

Publix to provide customers with contactless pay options

Publix is now implementing contactless pay options in all of its stores.

  Amazon worker in W. Columbia diagnosed with COVID-19

While the company alerted employees of the confirmed case of the coronavirus, some reached out to WIS concerned about the center not closing.

  State representatives call for Gov. McMaster to issue ‘stay-at-home’ order

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on the governor to take the next step.

  Eleven hikers back in Charleston after congressman gets them chartered flight out of Peru

Eleven hikers are now back home in Charleston after being stuck in Peru for weeks after the country’s borders closed with only a 24-hour notice.

  10 S.C. Dept. of Corrections employees test positive for COVID-19

A total of 10 staff members of the South Carolina Department of Corrections have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

  COVID-19 impacts SC aerospace, Boeing to implement voluntary layoff plan in pandemic

Boeing notified its employees that it will offer a voluntary layoff plan to its employees as the aerospace industry begins adjusting to its “new reality.”

S.C. unemployment claims double over previous week

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says the number of initial unemployment claims doubled in the week ending March 28 over the previous week.

  S.C. nonprofit helping people register for benefits by phone

With many people newly unemployed or experiencing economic struggles because of COVID-19, a statewide nonprofit is making it easier for people to find the resources they need.

Carolina Country Music Fest moved to September due to COVID-19

The Carolina Country Music Festival has been postponed due to the threat of the novel coronavirus.

S.C. seamstresses sew gowns for nurses and doctors to help fill shortage

Some seamstresses in the Midlands are coming together to make sure healthcare workers have the materials they need to stay safe. They’re spending hours each day cutting and sewing gowns for nurses and doctors.

  South Carolina creating COVID-19 database for first responders

The South Carolina Department of Health is creating a database that will give first responders more information about the places and people they’re responding to during the coronavirus pandemic.

CofC to give refunds to students for fees related to housing, meal plan

Refunds will look different for each student depending on their financial arrangement with the college

Order closing ‘non-essential’ S.C. businesses takes effect at 5 p.m.

Gov. Henry McMaster announced an order Tuesday to force the closure of non-essential businesses in South Carolina, his latest in a stair-step escalation of measures aimed at quelling the new coronavirus outbreak.

Billions of dollars at stake for S.C. in 2020 census

More than 200 South Carolina municipalities are predicted to lose funding based on population decreases, according to the state's Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office.

Home interest rates drop to to historic lows in pandemic

If you are thinking about buying a house, believe it or not, now may be a great time to do it.

  Gov. McMaster orders closure of all non-essential businesses in South Carolina

Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the closure of all non-essential business in South Carolina. McMaster said the executive order will go into place on April 1.

McMaster announces closure of non-essential businesses in S.C. due to COVID-19

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Tuesday to close all non-essential businesses across the state to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

  Health officials report 158 new cases of COVID-19 in SC; 4 more deaths reported

Health officials announced on Tuesday afternoon that there are 158 new cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, in addition to four more deaths related to the virus.

S.C. elementary school principal creates daily Facebook videos to stay connected with students

Wateree Elementary School Principal, Dr. Charles King, is using Facebook videos to teach kids basic life lessons.

Live 5 News hosts online town hall on COVID-19

The Live 5 News team is hosting a Facebook Live town hall on the novel coronavirus Tuesday night.

Fort Jackson confirms 25 positive cases of COVID-19; changes services to retirees

Fort Jackson has confirmed 25 positive cases of the coronavirus on post.

  S.C. National Guard activated to deliver medical supplies

The South Carolina National Guard has focused on delivering medical supplies to hospitals across the state since being activated by Gov. Henry McMaster.

  DHEC releases updated list of COVID-19 cases by zip code

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has released new information on COVID-19 cases by zip code.

KCSO: Missing 50-year-old woman found safe

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a 50-year-old woman who they say has been missing since March 29.

  S.C. reporting total of 16 deaths, 774 cases of COVID-19

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control officials announced Sunday a 16th person has died in the state from the novel coronavirus.

Three dead in shooting in Horry County

Three people are dead after a shooting in Horry County that happened Sunday.

Apart, but together in prayer: One church’s approach to social distancing

As religious institutions turn to new technologies to stay connected and worship as the coronavirus spreads, communities like Beauford Baptist Church were left behind.

DHEC announces additional COVID-19 related death in SC, bringing total to 16

The patient was an elderly individual from Horry County who had underlying health conditions, according to DHEC.