Coronavirus Updates

Trump heads to rural Maine but won’t escape demonstrators

Trump has drawn criticism for urging governors to “dominate” protesters and toss perpetrators of violence in prison.

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Another huge blow to US workers expected in May jobs report

NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

  Study on safety of malaria drugs for coronavirus retracted

JC Penney closing 154 stores in first post-bankruptcy phase

Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

N.C. reports nearly 1,200 new COVID-19 cases as total nears 32,000

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  SC health officials announce 361 new COVID-19 cases, seven more deaths

  UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine

  Autopsy report shows Floyd tested positive for coronavirus

  How to travel safely during COVID-19

Social distancing not required at Trump Mount Rushmore event

  1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

  Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from center stage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring about its resurgence.

Cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic

Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet.

  235 new cases, 17 additional deaths related to COVID-19 in SC announced by DHEC

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced the latest number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 in the state.

Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study

Results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine show that hydroxychloroquine was no better than placebo pills at preventing illness from the coronavirus.

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

  FDA approves new NASA, Fitbit ventilators

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

NerdWallet: Ask an expert: Is any travel safe?

Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after host North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

  Some public health experts believe protests could lead to flareup in COVID-19 cases in SC

Deanne Miller Berry got tested for COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon.

  DHEC: 285 new cases of COVID-19 in SC, 1 more death

Since the start of the outbreak, 12,415 people have tested positive in the state and 501 people have died.

  Teen depression on upswing during pandemic

Experts say parents of teens need to be looking for warning signs of depression.

Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion

Many of the protests broke out in places where the virus is still circulating widely in the population.

  'I was shocked’: Gamecocks’ Martin reveals he tested positive for COVID-19 in May

On Tuesday, South Carolina men’s head basketball coach Frank Martin revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 in May.

  Pucker up: Man drinks lemon juice through straw in record time

David Rush is a tech company senior product manager, who also holds 149 Guinness World Records.

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

But as Parisians reclaimed their rhythm of city life, health experts warned that virus cases are still rising in Latin America, the world's latest COVID-19 epicenter.

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

A military deployment by Trump to U.S. states would mark a stunning federal intervention not seen in modern American history.

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

The House’s staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, where Republicans are focused instead on trimming unemployment benefits and getting Americans back to work. Quick action by Congress is skidding to a halt.

  DHEC: 297 new cases of COVID-19 in SC, death toll reaches 500

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced 297 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 6 additional deaths.

  When there’s a pandemic, have a parade (but do it safely)

The parks and rec team took to the streets of the city dressed as a crazy cast of characters, including Scooby-Doo, Mr. Potato Head and a T-rex.

  Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe to the United States on Monday, even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks.

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

Remdesivir is the only treatment that’s been shown in a rigorous experiment to help fight the coronavirus.

  ‘If I can get it, so can you’: Richland Co. representative tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Kambrell Garvin announced Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Italy loosens travel restrictions, reopens to tourism

Italians will be allowed to freely move about the country and European Union visitors will be welcomed without quarantine requirements.

Pier 1 closing all stores; bankruptcy approved

Pier 1 can now begin to shut down retail operations in about 500 stores across the country.

Mayor Benjamin, Columbia interfaith leaders observe National Day of Mourning and Lament to honor those who lost their lives to COVID-19

Nationwide there has been more than 100,000 COVID-19 related deaths, including almost 500 lives lost to the virus in South Carolina.

  Artist with autism thanks essential workers with balloon sculptures

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the balloon artist has used his sculptures to express gratitude to grocery store workers, mail carriers and healthcare workers.

  Remains of Mont. veteran who died from coronavirus lost in mail for months

The Air Force veteran and his wife had been on a trip abroad for their 41st anniversary when he became ill, later dying in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital.

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.

  312 new cases of COVID-19, 7 additional deaths announced by DHEC

DHEC has announced 312 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 7 additional deaths.

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

Hurricane season officially starts Monday, though Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha arrived early. Forecasters are expecting a busier-than-normal season.

  NY governor signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits in coronavirus fight

Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

  Learn what type of COVID-19 testing is available, accuracy of tests as widespread testing comes to SC

Efforts to increase widespread testing are seen by mobile testing centers that have popped up across the state.

  DHEC: 266 new cases of COVID-19, 4 additional deaths announced in SC

This is the highest one-day total of new cases reported during the outbreak.

US food prices see historic jump, are likely to stay high

Big fluctuations in food prices began in March, when the coronavirus pandemic began to sink in for U.S. consumers.

  US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

As some countries have effectively lowered the rate of infections, they have been moving ahead with relaxing restrictions but are keeping a very close eye on developments.

  Partygoer at Missouri’s Lake of Ozarks tests positive for COVID-19

Health officials are seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19.

  Critics of ‘Certificate of Need’ regulations say COVID-19 pandemic shows why it needs to be repealed

Dr. Marcelo Hochman said one of the legislative priorities of the Charleston County Medical Society for the last few years has been to ask lawmakers to repeal “Certificate of Need” laws in the state.

  One month later, Prisma Health catching up on elective surgeries

It’s been more than a month since one of the biggest health care providers in the Midlands resumed elective surgeries.

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

In the U.S., the virus threw more than 2 million people out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses, stoking fears the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the world's largest economy.

  SC announces 331 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths

This is the highest one-day total of new cases reported during the outbreak.

Family: Upstate EMT dies after long battle with COVID-19

John Paul Granger died Tuesday at the age of 22.

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Martin Folsom and his mother have been in and out of homelessness since he was a kid and throughout his four years at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

In the news conference, Trump also said the U.S. would sanction Chinese officials responsible for the eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

That means anyone in the U.S. who thought they had the virus in December or early January probably had the flu, public health researchers said.

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

Germany is among several countries experimenting to see whether sewage could be a COVID-19 early warning system.

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

TJX Companies temporarily closed its 4,400 locations on March 19 and began to reopen them on May 2.

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

  Cancel the Rents, Mortgages: Midlands taking part in nationwide car protests, also supporting movement against police brutality

Protestors across the nation are planning to take part in car demonstrations, Saturday, May 30, asking state leaders to temporarily cancel all rent and mortgage payments in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  SC governor, leaders reflect on recommendations in final accelerateSC task force meeting

The task force has led to recommendations to reopen restaurants, tourist attractions, beaches, state offices and more.

Lexington Medical, DHEC to offer free COVID-19 drive-thru testing at White Knoll HS

The Lexington Medical Center and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are partnering to provide free COVID-19 testing.

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths.

  SC unemployment numbers continue to climb as some still wait on benefits

The impact COVID-19 is having on South Carolina’s economy continues to be evident, as the Department of Employment and Workforce announces another 24,950 new claims for unemployment last week.

  As loan forgiveness paperwork looms, SC Bankers Association recommends applying for federal aid now

The Small Business Administration is reporting there is more than $100 billion in federal aid still available to small businesses.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

“Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Sweden took a relatively soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that attracted international attention. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open.

Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Irmo to open in June

A new COVID-19 testing site will open in June for two days in Irmo.

  SC veterans, father and son, battle COVID-19 together

Thankfully, both men have been released from the hospital and have made full recoveries.

  DHEC: 156 new COVID-19 cases, 4 additional deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 156 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and four additional deaths.

SC governor extends state of emergency related to COVID-19 outbreak

This is the sixth state of emergency order McMaster has issued in response to the pandemic.