Coronavirus Updates

  UofSC to issue student refunds for meal plans, parking, housing

These amenities are refundable -- but tuition is not.

  New York deaths double in 3 days, with worst to come

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

  April 1, rent’s due: Many struggle to pay in virus outbreak

  S.C. governor closes all non-essential businesses to help fight spread of coronavirus as cases rise

  States largely have authority over when to shut down, reopen

Novak Djokovic and brother play tennis in living room with frying pans

SCDPPPS suspending all offender hearings due to COVID-19

  Home Depot, Costco adjust hours, limit number of customers amid coronavirus outbreak

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  Stocks skid worldwide as coronavirus infections keep soaring

  After coronavirus recovery, Prince Charles pays tribute to healthcare workers

  Kroger announces ‘Hero Bonus’ for frontline employees

  Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of virus

  DHEC: 1,083 cases of coronavirus in S.C., 4 new deaths brings total to 22

  You can’t unsee Jack Black’s TikTok video, but why would you want to?

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

1,584 people have coronavirus in North Carolina, 9 deaths reported

North Carolina reported another 86 cases of coronavirus Tuesday morning, bringing the state’s total to 1,584 with 9 deaths, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

  Truck carrying toilet paper crashes, burns on Texas interstate

Texas Department of Transportation officials said the load of toilet paper “burned extensively."

How to prep for and spend your government relief check

Now is the time to prep your finances and plan. The best use of your relief money depends on your individual circumstances.

Three Rivers Behavioral Health implements changes to services, programs due to COVID-19

  WIS Today: Columbia Chamber CEO Carl Blackstone interview on small businesses

  A nurse worked for a week while infected with the coronavirus. The hospital wasn’t testing staff.

  Trump says ‘life and death’ at stake in following coronavirus guidelines

  Rural areas fear spread of coronavirus as more hospitals close

  Minn. state trooper gives doctor masks instead of speeding ticket

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s misfires on virus death rates, tests

President Donald Trump is making premature assertions about relatively low death rates in the U.S. and revising history about how seriously he viewed the threat, including the need for ventilators.

  US warship captain seeks crew isolation as coronavirus spreads

In a memo to Navy leaders, the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt said that the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating and that removing all but 10% of the crew is a "necessary risk" in order to stop the spread of the virus. The ship is docked in Guam.

  Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

The Census Bureau is required by federal statute to send the president the counts that will be used to carve up congressional districts — a process known as apportionment — and draw state legislative districts by Dec. 31.

NC sheriff’s deputy dies after fight against COVID-19

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy has died from the coronavirus, according to a Facebook post by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

  Coldwell Banker: Historic lows in listings make this is a good time to sell your home

Spring is normally one of the busiest times of the year for the housing market, but with uncertainty in the stock market and increasing restrictions in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic, some are getting nervous about what this could mean for the housing industry.

Pastor of La. church charged, accused of disobeying governor’s order

The pastor of a church in Central, La. will be charged with six misdemeanor counts of disobeying the powers of the governor.

AARP SC hosts free tele-town hall focusing on financial security during COVID-19 pandemic

AARP SC is hosting a free tele-town hall for their members and the public that will focus on financial security during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Doctor kicked out of Ind. gas station for being Asian in coronavirus-related discrimination

Police say they have been notified of the situation, and the gas station has been advised that discrimination is inappropriate.

  Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

The number of U.S. deaths could range from 100,000 to 240,000 even if Americans continue to stay home and limit contact with others, experts predicted at a media briefing with President Donald Trump.

Man hides coronavirus symptoms to visit expectant wife at NY hospital

Following the incident, the hospital system announced all workers and visitors, as well as patients displaying COVID-19 symptoms, will wear protective masks.

  CNN’s Chris Cuomo hosts show from basement after testing positive for coronavirus

Cuomo, who said he’s been experiencing coronavirus symptoms, said he had been exposed to people who had tested positive.

27 S.C. inmates accused of non-violent crimes released amid coronavirus outbreak

The inmates were in Richland and Kershaw counties and were unable to post the surety bonds they were given during arraignment.

  Should you wear mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

Front-line health workers have the greatest need for masks. And when people are sick, wearing a mask helps lessen the chances of infecting others. In places where relatives care for the sick at home, the World Health Organization also has recommended they wear a mask.

  Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships

Passengers from an ill-fated South American cruise are anxious to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state’s health care resources are already stretched too thin to take on another ship’s coronavirus caseload.

Claflin University creates COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund

Claflin University has created a COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund.

Allen University purchases 700 tablets, keyboards for students

Allen University will be providing 700 tablets and keyboards to students as the institution transitions to online instruction for the remainder of the semester.

  Money from coronavirus relief bill on its way to help S.C. schools during pandemic

The relief bill includes a $30 billion Education Stabilization Fund -- a good bit of that money will go towards K-12 education.

Public Safety Alert crashes South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website

A Public Safety Alert sent to phones across South Carolina on Tuesday night, caused the state’s emergency management website to crash.

  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.

  Prisma Health joins growing list of U.S. hospitals to furlough employees

This decision has raised many questions about why Prisma is reducing its staff in the face of the growing number of COVID-19 patients.

  ‘Star Wars’ actor Andrew Jack dies of coronavirus at 76 in Britain

Andrew Jack appeared in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” as General Ematt, as well as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.”

  Richland Co. Council discusses stay-at-home ordinance

The meeting is Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. and the council wants input from the public.

Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

While more people have been connected in recent years, tens of millions still lack access to high-speed internet because phone and cable companies hesitate to invest in far-flung rural areas.

Businesses may get COVID-19 relief loans as soon as Friday

Companies will be able to submit applications on Friday.

Shaw Air Force Base cancels Air and Space Expo

Shaw Air Force Base has announced the cancellation of the Shaw Air and Space Expo.

  VIDEO: Indiana woman creates goofy COVID-19 song to Beatles tune

The 65-year-old retired worship leader came up with the lyrics while she was trying to fall asleep.

  At least 28 test positive for COVID-19 in Texas after chartered spring break trip

At least 28 out of approximately 70 people who took a chartered flight for a spring break vacation to Mexico have tested positive for COVID-19.

SCDMV resumes some services, conducting online appointments only

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is temporarily restricting access to their branch offices to only those who are processing a transaction.

Gov. Cooper signs order prohibiting utilities companies from shutting off services

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Tuesday to prohibit utilities companies from shutting off services to people who are unable to pay.

  Stocks drift, still headed to worst quarter since 2008

The surge of coronavirus cases around the world has sent markets to breathtaking drops since mid-February, undercutting what had been a good start to the year.

Sumter cancels 80th Iris Festival

The Iris Festival Commission has made the decision to cancel the 80th anniversary of the Iris Festival.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Track all reported coronavirus cases in the world

As of Thursday evening, nearly 24,000 people have died from the virus.

  How to strengthen your immune system to combat illnesses

Isolating due to the coronavirus is not the only way you can help keep yourself from getting sick. Boosting your immune system is a good idea to ward off illness and you can do that from the comfort of your own home.

  Amazon fires warehouse worker who staged walkout

The decision prompted a rebuke from New York Attorney General Letitia James, who called on the National Labor Relations Board to investigate.

  A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due

The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April's bills are coming due. Here is help navigating the biggest issues.

S.C. Dept. of Education releases guidelines on grading, virtual learning and graduation

Public K-12 schools are closed through April, and could be closed longer as the state fights the spread of the coronavirus.

Prosecutor: Michigan man who claimed to have COVID-19 at Kroger tested negative

A Michigan man arrested for coughing on and touching items in a Kroger while claiming to have COVID-19 last Friday has tested negative for the illness.

  Tenor Plácido Domingo feels ‘fine’ after coronavirus

The 79-year-old was reportedly hospitalized in Mexico after publicly acknowledging on March 22 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and said he was going into isolation.

  Coronavirus slump expected to rival big recessions in history

In a wide-ranging report using data that in parts goes back 800 years, Jim Reid and Henry Allen found that the downturns are in many cases set to be deeper than those endured in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis 12 years ago — and then some.

State representatives request judicial order to protect citizens in hotels, temporary housing from evictions

Two South Carolina representatives have written a letter asking the top judge in the state to help protect residents currently living in hotels and temporary housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo, Cookie Monster on hand washing

The beloved Sesame Street Muppets are featured in some of four new animated public service spots reminding young fans to take care while doing such things as washing hands and sneezing.

  Doctors say pink eye a potential symptom of COVID-19

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is recommending doctors take coronavirus precautions when dealing with patients, as several reports suggest the virus can cause conjunctivitis, or pink eye.

Food Lion donating $3.1 million to help those in need during pandemic

Food Lion will be donating $3.1 million to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Coronavirus: Walmart to take workers’ temperatures, provide gloves and masks

The company’s policy already asks workers to self-monitor for symptoms of the virus and not come to work if they don’t feel well.

  Dozens of choir members sickened by coronavirus, 2 dead, after early March rehearsal

Before businesses and schools shut down, nearly 60 people in the choir met at a church to practice. The choir said nearly everyone who had shown up was sick days later.

  Fed steps in once again to try to smooth out lending markets

The Fed is trying to facilitate lending and boost confidence that it will do all it can to support the global financial system.

  WATCH: Goats take over Welsh city while people are on lockdown

Local folks in the coastal town west of Liverpool are finding the critters pretty much everywhere, in gardens, backyards and the strolling along Llandudno’s empty streets.

Fort Jackson confirms 25 positive cases of COVID-19; declares Public Health Emergency

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

  Neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins dies from complications of coronavirus

Renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Jim Goodrich died Monday of complications related to coronavirus.

S.C. Attorney General’s Office warns of COVID-19 investment scams

The Securities Division of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office is warning investors to be wary of an increase in fraudulent investment schemes.

NASA offering fun activities for families stuck at home during coronavirus outbreak

NASA’s website includes dozens of tutorials on different STEM activities for kids and adults alike.

  Calif. phone case company starts making masks as need for medical gear grows

Nomad said their goal is to get as many masks to as many people who need them as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

  Gov. McMaster issues executive order to close public access to S.C. beaches

The order also closes all boat ramps, landings, and other access points to the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways.

  How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

In some states, it would amount to a major revamp of their voting system just eight months before an election.

  Red Cross responds to concerns surrounding blood donations during coronavirus pandemic

The American Red Cross South Carolina says after notifying the public of a severe blood shortage, the situation has greatly improved. This is all thanks to the generosity of the many South Carolinians who stepped up to answer calls for donors over the last couple of weeks.

Midlands Tech donates supplies to aid medical community

Midlands Technical College has donated several items to several organizations in the Midlands to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Daughter says goodbye to mother dying of coronavirus over FaceTime

Knowing her patient would die soon, a charge nurse got dressed in protective gear and used her personal cell phone to help her daughter say goodbye over FaceTime.

  Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier due to coronavirus

The one-day strikes had little impact on consumers, but the unrest called attention to mounting discontent among low-wage workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic.