COVID-19 Updates

  Columbia leadership considering stricter measures as CPD data shows parties continue

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the city council did discuss “going back to the drawing board” to address a series of images showing large crowds of students over the weekend.

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

FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

  SC announces 921 new COVID-19 cases, 40 more deaths Thursday

  SC coroners explain process of removing COVID-19 from incorrect death certificates

Continued Coverage

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

50 more COVID deaths, 2,400 new cases reported in N.C.

S.C. reports lowest total of new weekly unemployment claims since pandemic began

  Middle schooler threatened with arrest for missing less than 2 hours of virtual class

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

UofSC to expand saliva-based COVID-19 testing to colleges, universities across the state

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

The CDC advises anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for two weeks.

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff.

  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

Multiple vaccine candidates are in final-stage studies in tens of thousands of adults, and scientists are hopeful that the next few months will bring evidence that at least some of them are safe and effective enough for widespread use.

  SC announces 686 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths Wednesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 5,787 tests reported to them statewide on Tuesday was 11.9%.

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

  DHEC offers tips to safely celebrate Halloween in S.C. amidst COVID-19

  SC family is working to get COVID-19 removed from their mother’s death certificate

Students start petition for hybrid model in Aiken County schools

  SC announces 666 new COVID-19 cases, 25 more deaths Tuesday

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

  California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

  Columbia City Council to ‘go back to drawing board’ after large gatherings over the weekend

Photos of a party at Orchard Apartments show thousands of attendees, many not wearing masks or social distancing.

DHEC: About 150 new cases of COVID-19 reported in K-12 schools Tuesday, 1,631 total

Both public and private schools are included in these numbers.

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

New virus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks from a daily average of about 42,000 in early October to about 58,000 — the highest level since late July.

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer worker counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City.

  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Imperial College London says the study involves healthy volunteers aged 18 to 30.

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. That includes in airports and at subway and bus stations.

  Trump says Fauci is ‘terrific guy’ but not ‘team player’

Trump’s strained relationship with Fauci has political overtones as the president defends his record on the coronavirus just two weeks before Election Day.

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Experts in health, science and political communication said they see three reasons for the drop in trust: fear, politics and the public watching science messily forming in real time.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.

  California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

The governor said the state wants its own independent review no matter who wins the presidential election next month.

  New grants would provide boost for struggling SC nonprofits

His nonprofit helps connect mentors with at-risk youth. He said he’ll be applying for Nonprofit Relief Grant. as soon as he can.

S.C. advocacy organizations urge protections for people in long-term care facilities

Six organizations are joining forces to urge state officials to provide better protections for people living and working in long-term care facilities.

  SC announces 539 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths Monday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 4,762 tests reported to them statewide on Sunday was 11.3%.

  DHEC weekly nursing home data shows mixed access as human consequences play out

Since Oct. 9, DHEC has allowed (and expected) homes to coordinate indoor and outdoor visits as long as COVID-19 safety criteria are met.

  What you need to know about herd immunity

Up to this point, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States and not even 10% of the population has been infected.

  Columbia Fire breaks up large party with ‘thousands of students’ at Orchard Apartments

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says he was inside Williams Brice Stadium when his department received a medical call at Orchard Apartments.

  Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among several leading candidates in final testing.

  CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots.

  Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 40 million; new strategies target hot spots

Authorities are trying to avoid a dreaded resurgence of illness and deaths, this time with economies weakened from earlier lockdowns and populations chafing at the idea of renewed restrictions.

  China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while the United States and Europe endure painful contractions.

  Applications now open for SC minority & small business, plus nonprofit grants

To qualify, you must employ no more than 25 people and have a business located in South Carolina since October 13, 2019.

Sumter High JV football team quarantines after possible COVID-19 exposure

The Sumter High School JV football team has been placed under quarantine.

  Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.

  Harvest Hope Food Bank sees increase in demand in recent weeks

According to volunteers and regulars at the food bank, lines to get fresh groceries have been four times the normal length in the past few weeks.

  DHEC: 722 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths announced in SC

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 157,394 and confirmed deaths to 3,439.

  Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

International air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

  DHEC: 810 new COVID-19 cases, 22 more deaths announced in SC

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 156,655 and confirmed deaths to 3,427.

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

  Prisma Health adds new breast cancer tool helps simplify treatment, improve accuracy

The healthcare system says it is following all COVID-19 guidelines to keep patients safe while coming to their appointments.

  SC health officials release plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccine once available

When the vaccine is first available, there will be a limited supply, DHEC says.

  COVID co-infection and reinfection: Can they happen?

U.S. health experts urge people to get a flu shot this year to help avoid what could be a “twindemic” of coronavirus and influenza.

  Thousands of SC small businesses, nonprofits could be in line for grants to keep them afloat

Right now, $40 million will be going to small businesses and $25 million to nonprofits across the state.

  DHEC: 897 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths announced in SC

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 155,799 and confirmed deaths to 3,405.

DHEC: More than 200 new cases of COVID-19 reported in K-12 schools in 3 days

Both public and private schools are included in these numbers.

  Broadway shutdown hurting actors, theater workers

The pandemic has turned out the lights on Broadway with no productions scheduled now until next May.

  WHO study finds remdesivir didn’t help COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited results of a six-month trial that endeavored to see if existing drugs might have an effect on the coronavirus.

  McMaster announces new CARES Act grant programs to help small businesses

Both programs will award grant funds to to small and minority organizations.

  Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe, hitting at-risk groups

Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments try to impose restrictions without locking whole economies down.

  ISOLATED: States begin to allow nursing home visitors but face PPE shortages, logistical questions

Some nursing homes are beginning to allow visitors, but hundreds report to the federal government that they are experiencing staff shortages or have no protective masks in their supplies.

Aircraft ventilation systems don’t spread viruses, DOD study says

The Department of Defense research concluded aircraft ventilation systems are effective at removing COVID-19 from the air.

  CDC director has high praise for SC’s COVID-19 response, stresses vigilance in winter months

Leaders were set to discuss “the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on our communities, including opioid use, chronic diseases, and mental health.”

  Europe, US reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe and spreads with renewed speed in the U.S.

  SC announces more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for first time in 40 days

DHEC says the percent positive from the 8,459 tests reported to them statewide on Wednesday was 12.7%.

  ‘Jagged Little Pill’ leads Tony Awards nominations with 15

The nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals, a fraction of the 34 shows the season before.

  US COVID cases surge to nearly 60K as pandemic wave builds

New cases rose in at least 35 states over the past week, while the nation averaged more than 50,000 new cases a day.

  US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession.

  People with Type O blood may have lower risk of COVID-19 infection, severe illness

The research gives further evidence that blood type may play a role in someone’s susceptibility to infection and just how serious their illness is.

  Richland Two teachers frustrated, worried returning to class to teach in person and virtually

Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said the district originally planned to begin phase two on October 26 but moved it back to November 4 because of DHEC’s COVID numbers.

  Saliva-based COVID-19 testing now available at health offices around SC

DHEC recommends people call their county health department ahead of time to make sure test kits are available.

  SC announces 700 new COVID-19 cases, 17 additional deaths Wednesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 6,310 tests reported to them statewide on Tuesday was 11.1%.

  Closing schools is latest front in virus fight across Europe

European countries, and even regions inside countries, are applying drastically contrasting strategies to get a handle on the pandemic.

  Extra safety scrutiny planned as virus vaccine worries grow

With this week’s pause of a second major vaccine study because of an unexplained illness a quarter of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated.

  Walmart to spread out deals to avoid Black Friday crowds

Other retailers like Macy’s have said that their Black Friday deals will be spread out and will encourage more online shopping, but none have given specific details.

  Local parent concerned about quarantine process after COVID-19 case in son’s school

An Horry County parent says he is concerned after receiving an email from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control stating a person may have been contagious with COVID-19 while inside his child’s classroom.

  Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce says they support a sale of Santee Cooper in 2021

The pandemic shortened the legislative session and the issue was put on hold.