COVID-19 Updates

  Suspension lifted of Georgia student who took crowded hallway photo

A Georgia high school student says she was suspended after she posted a photo of a crowded school hallway on social media.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  US adds 1.8 million jobs in a sign that hiring has weakened

  Texas boy delivers care packages to essential workers

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

  SC school buses will be disinfected with electrostatic sprayers

Continued Coverage

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

  SC SNAP recipients can now use benefits online for Amazon, Walmart

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

Were you exposed to COVID-19 at work? In most states, your employer isn’t required to tell you.

  7-year-old Chatham County boy dies from COVID-19, according to DPH

  SC for Ed data shows districts still looking for over 1,000 teachers before school year

  SC announces 1,295 new COVID-19 cases, 44 more deaths Thursday

With the high number of deaths reported in recent days, the death rate in South Carolina has gone up to 1.94%.

  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

Famously Hot New Year organizers say celebration will likely be virtual due to COVID-19

Organizers say they've spent several months weighing the risks associated with a large in-person event.

  Mental health issues rise in children during pandemic, expert says

One child psychologist said he's seeing a significant increase in mental health issues among children.

N.C. reports 40+ more COVID-19 deaths, nearly 2,000 newly-confirmed cases

  S.C. unemployment filings count since start of pandemic now tops 700K

  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

CDC: People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer

  S.C. representative says resuming face-to-face learning during high COVID-19 spread is ‘irresponsible'

  Fact or Fiction: Profiting off pandemic patients?

  Only slight improvement in available child care, organizations can now apply to temporarily fill that need

In early April, DSS announced more than 50% of all licensed child care facilities in South Carolina had closed.

  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

The league made changes to its 2020 operations manual after outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals led to 21 postponements in the first two weeks of a shortened 60-game season.

  Rockettes cancel Christmas show due to coronavirus pandemic

All tickets sold for the 2020 show will be automatically refunded.

Texas school superintendent diagnosed with COVID-19 dies

Dr. David Freeman, the superintendent of a Texas school district, died Wednesday morning after testing positive for COVID-19.

  SC announces 1,175 new COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths Wednesday

DHEC says 1,469 people are hospitalized and 270 of them are on ventilators.

  SC education leaders discuss survey results regarding teachers’ COVID experiences

South Carolina teachers were surveyed in June regarding their experiences teaching during the COVID pandemic.

  Community effort needed to keep Lexington One school doors open

Lexington One plans to open its school doors to students on August 31.

Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division.

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill.

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

The State Department says Russia is using social media, state-funded media and a loose network of proxy websites to amplify conspiracy theories and misinformation, most recently around the coronavirus.

  Gilbert Elementary prepares to reopen with new learning environment amidst pandemic

Tending to students and staff needs remains a top priority as Gilbert Elementary transitions back to school amid a pandemic.

  After three weeks in the hospital, 97-year-old Rosa Lee Tyson beats COVID-19

A Rowan County man was determined to see his 97-year-old mother get better after she was diagnosed with COVID-19.

UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.

  ‘We are no less American’: Deaths pile up on Texas border

For nearly a month, this borderland of 2 million people in South Texas pleaded for a field hospital, but not until Tuesday was one ready and accepting patients.

  Walmart releases schedule for its parking lot drive-in theaters

Starting at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, families can sign up for a location near them at

  More millennials buying homes during pandemic

Some in real estate say the coronavirus is pushing younger homebuyers out of the city and into their first homes.

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

The free Covidwise app is available in Apple and Android app stores as of Wednesday.

SC Coaches for Charity to be held virtually on Thursday

The virtual event will allow fans to hear from their favorite college football coaches from around the state for free.

  Major cruise lines cancel departures through October

With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October

  Homeless among most vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic

This might be the worst time to be homeless in America, and the nation may not have seen the worst of it yet.

  SCHSL sets new dates for fall sports, football season to start Sept. 25

The league voted to begin football’s regular season on September 25.

Student loan borrowers: Don’t wait on Congress for more relief

Restarting payments for tens of millions of student loan borrowers will likely lead to delinquencies and defaults, experts say.

  Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount

An Associated Press analysis found that the number of tests per day slid 3.6% over the past two weeks to 750,000, with the count falling in 22 states. That includes places like Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Iowa where the percentage of positive tests is high and continuing to climb.

  COVID-19 vaccine developer eyeing doses for less than $40

One of the U.S. companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine has released an anticipated price range for doses.

  SC bus driver expresses COVID-19 concerns: ‘We’re the first to come in contact with students'

According to safety measures in place by the South Carolina Department of Education, buses will have no more than 67% capacity with only one student per seat, when possible.

Images of student crowds raise questions in Georgia schools

Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

Carowinds to remain closed for rest of 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

Carowinds will remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the two sides set a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of the week to permit a vote next week.

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

Virgin Atlantic is the latest airline to wind up in court because of the financial harm from the coronavirus outbreak.

  US Army’s Black Daggers parachute team thanks SC health care workers

They did a parachute demonstration into Lexington Medical Center’s campus as part of the Army’s salute to health care workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  SC families with internet issues say they have no choice but to send children back to school

The coronavirus pandemic continues to shine a light on how many South Carolinians are truly in the dark when it comes to internet access.

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

Big house parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars and restaurants — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.

Clorox wipes shortage to last into 2021

Clorox's shortage of disinfectant cleaning materials will remain difficult to find well into 2021, according to their incoming CEO.

  Columbia extends face mask requirement for 2 more months

This ordinance will expire on the 61st day after its enactment.

COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Health experts once thought 2020 might be the worst year yet for a rare paralyzing disease that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade.

  Coronavirus: Parents may spend more on back-to-school shopping than ever amid pandemic

Retailers believe the coronavirus pandemic could bring increased back-to-school business.

  Sen. Graham ‘disappointed’ in cancelation of 2020 Palmetto Bowl

Sen. Lindsey Graham took a moment during a press conference on Monday to discuss the cancelation of this year’s rivalry game between South Carolina and Clemson.

  Trump says coronavirus ‘under control’ in wide-ranging interview

The comments came in a wide-ranging, contentious interview with Axios that aired Monday on HBO.

The Citadel reports 3 new COVID-19 cases

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at The Citadel has now reached 42, officials at the military school said Monday.

Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

The 104th running of “The Great American Race” will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, even during the Great Depression.

  Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in the U.S. Senate.

  Formerly disbelieving, Arizona couple who suffered from COVID-19 expresses regrets

They once laughed about the virus. Now they say it’s no joke.

  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

Some 23 million people nationwide at risk of being evicted, according to The Aspen Institute, as moratoriums enacted because of the coronavirus expire and courts reopen. Around 30 state moratoriums have expired since May, according to The Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

President Donald Trump is claiming he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice.

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats remain far apart, and talks since Saturday — when the combatants announced modest progress — have yet to lend momentum.

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, is bracing to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit.

  Lawmakers, health officials seek to bridge the broadband internet gap in SC

On Monday, Senator Lindsey Graham met with healthcare leaders across the state ahead of introducing a bill this week called the Governor’s Broadband Development Fund.

  Nearly 300 employees in Ga. school district test positive or in contact with virus

Nearly 300 employees in the district have tested positive or have been in contact with someone infected, school officials said.

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter.

  DHEC: 1,105 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths in SC

Monday's report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 92,404 and confirmed deaths to 1,721.

  Everyone must wear face masks inside SC restaurants starting at 5 p.m. Monday, governor orders

Gov. Henry McMaster announced the order July 29 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Some parents forming ‘pandemic pods’ to teach their kids

It’s August, and kids are going back to school. Some children will go to physical classrooms, but some parents are forming what are being called “pandemic pods.”

  ‘We were a regular family’: Ga. teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

The 17-year-old says he and his parents took all the proper precautions, but they all tested positive for COVID-19. He doesn't know how they contracted the virus.

  Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction.

“Our entire family has COVID”: Molly Grantham shares ‘surreal’ diagnosis while raising newborn

To be clear, I didn’t want to tell you guys until we were out of the woods. I didn’t want to cause unnecessary alarm.