WIS TODAY: Hart Bridges, UofSC student, discusses his mask making business

A University of South Carolina student has been working to make masks since on-campus classes were called off. Hart Bridges spent the last year as a freshman enrolled at the Darla Moore School of Business at USC Columbia.

NASCAR all alone on motorsports biggest day of racing

  How Midlands buffet-style restaurants are surviving during the pandemic

Isle of Palms parking lots full, traffic heavy during Memorial Day Weekend

Lawsuit: NC laws expose many voters to virus risks

  DHEC: 6 additional deaths, 248 new cases related to COVID-19 reported in SC

Half of SC’s hospitality jobs gone; jobless rate hits record

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DHEC: 33 Midlands nursing homes, assisted living facilities listed with confirmed case or death related to COVID-19

  Don’t forget to practice social distancing this Memorial Day weekend

  SC announces 245 new COVID-19 cases, three more deaths

Mother holds newborn for first time after spending 72 days hospitalized with Covid-19

  WCAI expands utility, housing assistance to help even more families amid pandemic

Restaurants see impacts from food delivery services during pandemic

  SC announces 199 new COVID-19 cases, nine deaths

Included in this article is context on testing, recoveries, hospitalization, death rates and more.

  How the COVID-19 is magnifying South Carolina’s ‘digital divide’

With many South Carolinians relying on the internet for work, schooling, and even getting medical help, some said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown South Carolina needs to bridge the digital divide.

  Some SC tourist attractions prepare to reopen Friday

Some tourist attractions in South Carolina are getting ready to reopen their doors Friday.

Columbia College to resume in-person instruction for fall semester

Columbia College will begin classes on August 24. The college announced Thursday it will resume in-person instruction this fall.

  Fort Jackson officials say they have more COVID-19 recoveries than active cases

Prisma Health to close hospital-based COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites for Memorial Day

SC patients with COVID-19 get Remdesivir for treatment

  CDC: Surfaces, objects not a main way COVID-19 is spread

515K South Carolinians have filed for unemployment in the past 9 weeks, state says

  Apply now for up to $1,500 toward rent payment through SC Housing

  Death toll in SC related to COVID-19 surpasses 400, percent positive slightly increases

DHEC announced 137 new cases of the novel coronavirus and eight additional deaths on Tuesday.

  Poll finds majority of SC residents worried about coronavirus but split over state response

According to a recent Clemson University Palmetto Poll, 75 percent of South Carolinians are either extremely or moderately worried about COVID-19.

570 people test positive for COVID-19 at Wilkesboro Tyson plant

Of 2,244 team members and contractors who work at the Tyson chicken plant who were tested for the virus, 570 tested positive, the company said in a statement.

Civil rights group urges state’s prison system to release some inmates due to COVID-19 cases

The American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina is fighting for the release of state prisoners who have a higher risk for complications and death related to COVID-19.

  ‘She never left me’: Recovered COVID-19 mother, infant reunite with ICU nurse who provided help

McLeod Health hosted a reunion Wednesday morning between a new mother and the nurse that never left her side.

  Forestry industry in South Carolina experiencing highs and lows because of the COVID-19 pandemic

Over the past couple of months, it may have been a little tough getting some toilet paper at your local grocery store.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to reopen on Memorial Day weekend

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has announced it will reopen May 23.

  SC education groups ask for state testing to be waived next school year

State leaders are working on a plan to reopen schools, and one issue on the table is finding time to catch up students who may have fallen behind during the pandemic.

  SC Housing authorizes $5 Million for COVID-19 rental assistance

South Carolina Housing will be providing approximately $5 million in emergency rental assistance to South Carolinians facing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free COVID-19 testing at Richland NE postponed Wednesday due to inclement weather

Residents will have the chance to get tested for COVID-19 on Monday until 4:30 p.m. at Richland Northeast High School.

McLeod Health, Prisma Health and DHEC to offer free mobile COVID-19 testing

McLeod Health, Prisma Health and DHEC have partnered to host a COVID-19 mobile testing clinic in Clarendon County

  Carolina Pines awaiting results of experimental COVID-19 treatments

Health professionals at the Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in the Pee Dee are awaiting the results of two experimental COVID-19 treatments. Right now, there is no FDA-approved treatment for the virus, driving medical experts around the world to find what’s most effective.

‘The Blood Connection’ offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to donors

The Blood Connection is offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to all donors.

  Gov. McMaster agrees with state leaders suggesting attractions open this weekend

On Tuesday, state leaders met again as part of Gov. Henry McMaster’s task force focused on reopening the economy.

  Recovered COVID-19 patient meets anonymous plasma donor from Tennessee who helped save her life

Lisa Hardin and her husband Kevin celebrated their 30-year wedding anniversary Tuesday.

  UofSC ramps up its contact tracing program as it prepares for next fall

Contact tracers have become an integral part of combating the spread of COVID-19.

  As COVID-19 cases surpass 9,000 in SC, percent positive falls drastically

DHEC announced 137 new cases of the novel coronavirus and eight additional deaths on Tuesday.

UofSC announces virtual commencement ceremonies to take place in August

On Tuesday, University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen announced the university would now hold virtual commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UofSC president, highest-paid coaches among those to take voluntary pay cut starting in July

The University of South Carolina has announced that President Bob Caslen and the school’s three highest-paid coaches are among those who will have volunteered to have their pay cut by 10% starting in July.

  UofSC president says many students threatened to ‘discontinue their education’ if forced to continue online learning

Students and faculty will be returning to the University of South Carolina campus for the fall semester, but this week, we’re learning about some changes to the calendar that could make the school year feel considerably different from years past.

  Some South Carolinians still waiting for unemployment benefits during coronavirus pandemic

As hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians have filed for unemployment due to COVID-19, some are still waiting for the cash to come in. One man who has been waiting for two months, but says he hasn't seen a dime.

Richland Library to host tele-town hall meeting to share resources for senior citizens

In an effort to help senior citizens who live in Richland County find resources during the pandemic, Richland Library will be hosting a tele-town hall event on May 21 at 6:30 p.m.

South Carolina OSHA handling more complaints during pandemic

Our state's workplace watchdog has seen an uptick in complaints about safety violations since the COVID-19 crisis began.

  SC announces 126 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 8,942 and those who have died to 391.

  SC small business owners push for liability protection amid COVID-19 pandemic

According to the state’s chapter of the National Federation on Independent Business, 96% of businesses in South Carolina are considered small businesses.

  SC gyms, fitness facilities reopen for the first time in nearly two months

Gyms and other fitness facilities throughout South Carolina reopened their doors Monday for the first time in nearly two months.

Soda City Comic Con canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

On Monday, officials announced the cancellation of this year’s Soda City Comic Con.

Furman University discontinues baseball, men’s lacrosse due to COVID-19 impact

Furman University is discontinuing its baseball and men’s lacrosse programs which is one of many steps the college is taking to address the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCDMV to resume driving tests for non-commercial drivers on May 26

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will resume offering skills tests for non-commercial drivers (Class D) who wish to get their driver’s license.

Free COVID-19 testing to be held at Swansea HS on Thursday

Residents in Swansea and surrounding areas will have an opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 on May 21.

City of Columbia partners with additional hotels for ‘Peace of Mind’ initiative for first responders

The City of Columbia will begin a “Peace of Mind" initiative that will provide safe resting spaces for first responders, medical professionals, and front line city staff.

  UofSC to hold classes online after Thanksgiving break

University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen has announced that students will take classes remotely following Thanksgiving break.

  Governor urging everyone to ‘be safe, but go’ as close contact businesses reopen

For the first time in more than a month, close contact businesses like barbershops and nail salons have the option to reopen in South Carolina.

  DHEC: 5 additional deaths, 163 new cases related to COVID-19 reported in SC

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced 163 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 5 additional deaths.

After closing to keep customers safe from COVID-19, SC shop now looking to sell as-is

As businesses reopen across the state, some shops may be re-evaluating their future.

Riders come to Grand Strand despite Bike Week postponement

Horry County Council voted in favor of pushing back the spring bike rally from this week until later in July due to coronavirus concerns and restrictions on large gatherings.

Darius Rucker spreads message of hope, encouragement amid virus outbreak

Country star Darius Rucker is offering words of hope and encouragement to fellow South Carolinians amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  How parents of children with cancer are navigating COVID-19

Children generally have more mild symptoms of COVID-19 than adults, according to the CDC.

New uptown Charlotte restaurant to utilize thermal camera to check customer’s temperature

Restaurant owners continue to say your safety is their top priority as they get ready for the chance to re-open in North Carolina. When that happens, there’s one restaurant that’s doing something many of us have never seen before to protect you.

MUSC recognizes graduates with drive through graduation

The Medical University of South Carolina honored their graduating class for their years of work with a drive-in diploma pick up.

  DHEC reports no COVID-19 deaths, 276 new cases

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced 276 new cases of the novel coronavirus and no additional deaths.

SC governor open to hosting pro sports leagues looking to restart seasons, task force builds plan to open athletic facilities

On Friday, Governor Henry McMaster’s accelerateSC task force continued to build a plan to reopen South Carolina’s economy.

Some Myrtle Beach hotels booked, busy after coronavirus restrictions lifted

Myrtle Beach hotels can now officially take new reservations while preparing for a possible rush of beachgoers for Memorial Day weekend.

  DHEC estimates over 5,000 South Carolinians have recovered from COVID-19

The Department of Health and Environmental Control released new coronavirus recovery numbers on Friday.

Republican National Committee chairwoman speaks about RNC plans with convention 100 days away

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to WBTV in a Zoom interview Friday afternoon, addressing safety concerns about hosting a major convention during the pandemic.

City, county officials in Sumter to reopen parks on May 19

Officials in Sumter have announced that all city and county parks will be reopened on May 19.

SC school districts prepare for gradual return of teachers and staff

The school year is coming to an end in South Carolina and school districts are making preparations to bring teachers and staff back into the buildings.

  SC manufacturing company makes face shields for service industry employees

The clear design allows people to see facial expressions and communicate more clearly.

Stanly Co. woman turns her late twins’ bibs and onesies into masks for NICU families

Nine months ago, Samantha Crump delivered her twin boys, Eli and Will, 12 weeks early.

Charleston County completes 2,000 COVID-19 screenings, More clinics continue next week

Charleston County officials are partnering with Fetter Health to host free COVID-19 mobile and popup testing clinics across the county.

  Mobile COVID-19 testing centers able to test hundreds a day, regardless of symptoms

Cars lined up all day long on Friday at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds for one of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s COVID-19 mobile testing clinics.

SCDHEC puts out face mask PSA, encouraging people to wear them

SCDHEC has been telling South Carolinians to wear them since the CDC encouraged them in early April. Officials say they believe wearing a mask can help stop the spread and protect people in close surroundings.

Kroger employees to receive ‘Thank You Pay’ after ‘Hero Bonuses’ come to an end

Hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy, and call center associates will be eligible.

  Officials report 232 new COVID-19 cases in SC as total deaths increase to 380

On Friday, DHEC released the latest numbers of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 in South Carolina.

  SC Evictions Resume: Families living in federally assisted, financed homes protected through July 24

Friday, May 15 a South Carolina Supreme Court order postponing evictions and foreclosures will expire. The ruling was in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downfalls that have come with it.

  Vulnerable dialysis patients put themselves at risk to receive essential treatment

Patients receiving dialysis are already considered vulnerable because of their medical conditions. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, many dialysis patients are forced to put themselves at even greater risk in order to receive their life-sustaining treatment.

  ‘This is a wonderful day’: Florence hospital celebrates release of one of its first COVID-19 patients

There was a big celebration on Thursday at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, as one of the first COVID-19 patients was released from the hospital.

  Accelerate ED gets closer to final recommendations for returning to school

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman spent Thursday afternoon hearing recommendations from the Accelerate ED task force on the best and safest way for students to get back to the classroom both this summer and in the fall.