DHEC says fully vaccinated South Carolinians can stop using masks in most instances

South Carolinians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face masks indoors or outdoors, with a few exceptions.

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Richland Two students still required to wear masks despite Governor’s order

Richland One face-covering policy will remain in place

Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon sent a message to students and staff.

Lexington One students required to wear face masks on buses and campus

Superintendent Dr. Greg Little released a statement to parents and guardians.

  Gov. McMaster allows parents to opt children out of face mask requirements at school

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order late Tuesday to allow parents to decide whether their children will wear face masks in the classroom.

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According to the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, there are 81,684 open positions in the state of South Carolina, with 120,783 unemployed workers as of March.

  SC reports 192 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths Tuesday

  SC reports 277 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths Monday

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  SC reports 425 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths Saturday

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Pfizer has begun applying to the FDA for full approval of its COVID-19 vaccine.

  McMaster’s end to pandemic aid met with criticism while staffing challenges remain

On Thursday, Governor Henry McMaster announced six federal programs (worth an estimated $585.3 Million over ten weeks) would be ending on June 30.

  SC reports 451 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Friday

Everyone over the age of 16 in South Carolinians is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

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  Upstate twin sisters deliver babies just minutes apart

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This will go into effect on June 30.

  After LR5 lifts mask mandate, attorney says district must still follow state guidelines

The attorney needs to “discuss the matter further” with board members at a meeting May 10.

  SC reports 373 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths Thursday

All of DHEC's key indicators for COVID-19 are currently trending down.

  DHEC leadership not concerned about state vaccine supply with new federal allocation rules

The Biden Administration announced on Tuesday that if states do not request their entire allocation based on population, the unused doses will go to states with higher demand.

  DHEC, teachers against LR5 making masks optional in schools

LR5 reassured parents they still have safety precautions in place.

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  SC reports 397 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths Wednesday

All of DHEC's key indicators for COVID-19 are currently trending down.

  LR5 votes to lift face mask mandate, LexOne upholds requirement

Several billboards have drawn attention to the topic.

  S.C. reps express ‘great concern’ over mask requirement in schools

The letter begins “We write to you with great concern over students in South Carolina schools being forced to wear masks.”

  SC reports 294 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths Tuesday

Everyone over the age of 16 in South Carolinians is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

  Some looking to move to SC out of fear of forced vaccinations

In December, Schneider moved her whole family out of the state she lived in for about 38 years in hopes of having more freedom down south.

  SC reports 398 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths Monday

Everyone over the age of 16 in South Carolinians is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Keeping kids safe until they can be vaccinated

As COVID restrictions begin to ease across the country, many are getting back to a more normal way of life. But when will it be safe to take the kids to normal activities again?

  SC reports 456 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths Sunday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 16,471 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 3.8%.

  SC reports 660 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths Saturday

Today’s report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 482,310 and confirmed deaths to 8,367.

  Remaining local mask mandates may be in final days

Mask mandates can be confusing at this point.

  Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic coming to Columbia church

LexMed will administer the Pfizer vaccine at the clinic.

  SC reports 570 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths Friday

Everyone over the age of 16 in South Carolinians is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

  Prisma Health moves COVID-19 vaccination site from Gamecock Park to Colonial Life Arena

The move is designed to help accommodate the summer temperatures.

  The COMET offering free COVID-19 vaccinations

The vaccines will be available beginning May 3.

  SC health, school leaders: ‘Stay the course’ despite governor’s calls to lift mask orders

Gov. Henry McMaster called on local cities and municipalities with mask ordinances to lift them.

  S.C. deputy awarded with Medal of Valor for saving life of infant struggling with COVID-19

The infant was able to go home to Chesterfield County and recover thanks to the deputy’s life-saving measures.

  SC reports 430 new COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths Thursday

Everyone over the age of 16 in South Carolinians is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

McMaster on mask requirement in schools: ‘It’s a height of ridiculosity’

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is weighing in on whether school districts should continue to require students to wear masks in the classroom.

  SC reports 403 new COVID-19 cases, 28 deaths Wednesday

Three of the deaths dated all the way back to August, October and November of 2020, DHEC reported.

  Kershaw County School District modifies outdoor face mask policy

School officials say the modifications are effective immediately.

  Another billboard demanding schools make masks optional goes up in Chapin

Some parents hope the superintendent of LR5 sees it and changes the mandatory mask policy.

  SC reports 307 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Tuesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 9,163 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.6%.

Charleston County demonstrators protest mandatory school mask rule

A group of parents and community members demanded an end of a mandatory mask rule in schools.

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The CDC reported that as of April 9th about 8% of Americans have missed their second dose of the vaccine.

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She tested positive for COVID-19 on April 11 and died less than two weeks later, officials said.

  SC reports 362 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths Monday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 13,206 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 3.7%.

Columbia Place Mall vaccination site surpasses 4,000 shots

The temporary mass vaccination clinic opened April 13 and currently offers the Pfizer vaccine.

  SC reports 424 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths Sunday

Today’s report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 479,207 and confirmed deaths to 8,304.

  SC reports 511 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths Saturday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 30,596 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 5.3%.

DHEC says vaccine providers can now administer J&J vaccine

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday night that state providers can now administer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after the CDC and FDA lifted a pause on the use of the vaccine.

  Lexington Facebook group puts up billboard demanding face masks be optional

The billboard was paid for by a Facebook group called “Lexington mask by choice, not by force.”

  SC reports 607 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Friday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 18,516 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.6%.

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Oregon health authorities say federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

  SC reports 408 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths Thursday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 10,992 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.7%.

  Health officials anticipate drop in vaccine enthusiasm

Mass vaccination sites in South Carolina, like the one at Columbia Place Mall, are seeing lower numbers than expected.

  SC Health Officials warn of dropping demand, urge more people to get vaccinated

Dr. Kelly said part of the problem is vaccine hesitancy.

  SC reports 391 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths Wednesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 9,090 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 6.3%.

  SC reports 362 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Tuesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 7,756 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 6.2%.

Councilmembers team up to help distribute COVID-19 vaccine in Richland County

All residents age 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.

  Rural vaccine providers worry about vaccine hesitancy as J&J vaccine pause continues

The vaccine has been in limbo since last week, when the CDC and FDA recommended a pause.

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Recipients will need to create a profile with SC works and complete two searches weekly before each Saturday to ensure their benefits continue.

  SC reports 518 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths Monday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 15,887 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.4%.

Otters at Georgia Aquarium come down with COVID-19

Otters at the Georgia Aquarium are in quarantine.

SC governor, first lady receive COVID-19 vaccines

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine Monday.

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Several people mistakenly received a saline injection instead of the COVID-19 vaccine at a Walgreens in Monroe, North Carolina.

  SC reports 577 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths Sunday

DHEC says the number of cases and the percent positive are trending up recently.

  SC reports 616 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Saturday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 22,628 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 3.7%.