Coronavirus

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

  History in the making as House is poised for proxy voting

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

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

DHEC director announces resignation amid coronavirus pandemic

  S.C. state employment office launches next benefits program of CARES Act

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

  DHEC announces 20 new COVID-19 deaths across S.C., 207 new cases confirmed

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Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

  Grand Strand facilities offering COVID-19 antibody testing

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

North Carolina sees its highest number of coronavirus hospitalizations as state nears 800 deaths

Across the state, 24,628 people have tested positive for the virus in North Carolina, which is 488 more cases than the previous day.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

DHEC surpasses goal to test 110,000 South Carolinians for coronavirus in May

The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced that it hit a major testing goal in the coronavirus battle.

  DHEC announces six new COVID-19 deaths, 253 new cases in S.C.

The updated numbers were released Tuesday afternoon.

  What psychiatric problems can follow a severe case of COVID-19?

Delirium, confusion and agitation may be common for people while hospitalized with severe coronavirus infections.

  Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags this year, you will need to know about the new policies the company has put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

Doctors and scientists at dozens of hospitals and universities around the globe are seeking answers while trying to measure virus patients’ risks for clots and testing drugs to treat or prevent them.

HGTC offering multiple modes of instruction for fall semester

Students at Horry-Georgetown Technical College will have the option of in-person, hybrid and online instruction for the upcoming fall semester, the school announced Tuesday.

McLeod Health to offer free COVID-19 testing in Florence this week

McLeod Health is offering free COVID-19 testing this week in Florence.

  Bell rings but trading floor chaos subdued as NYSE reopens

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened for the first time in two months with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ringing the iconic bell, but the controlled chaos was more subdued Tuesday under new pandemic rules.

  COVID-19 community testing program kicking off with drive-thru clinic at Pelicans Stadium

Hundreds of individuals are expected to be tested for the virus during the drive-through clinic.

  Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

The industry has historically relied on foreign-born workers — from people in the country illegally to refugees — for some of America's most dangerous jobs.

  Pandemic precautions alter airport security procedures

If you haven’t flown since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, things at the airport are definitely different.

  Boy Scout, 13, plays ‘Taps’ nightly outside NJ veterans’ home hit by coronavirus

At least 79 veterans at the hard-hit New Jersey facility have died from COVID-19.

  Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

U.S. authorities warned beach-goers to heed social-distancing rules to avoid a resurgence of the virus that has infected 5.4 million people worldwide and killed over 345,000, including nearly 100,000 Americans, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

  Trump honors war dead in events colored by pandemic’s threat

President Donald Trump honored America’s fallen service members on Monday as he commemorated Memorial Day in back-to-back appearances in the midst of the pandemic.

Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19

The 57-year-old Hall of Famer, who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks in the NBA, announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital.

  DHEC announces five new COVID-19 deaths, 90 new cases in S.C.

The updated numbers were announced Monday afternoon.

  NY Times publishes names of lives lost to virus on front page

They gathered information about victims from across the country and pointed out that they represent only about 1% of the total number.

  How to stay safe while stepping out during a pandemic

By now, all 50 states have reopened to some degree and while experts are warning moving too fast could accelerate the COVID-19 pandemic, many are wondering if it is even safe to visit businesses.

  Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

When Biden emerged on Monday, he wore a face mask, in contrast to President Donald Trump, who has refused to cover his face in public as health officials suggest.

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems, there would be “a temporary pause” on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial.

  High prices at grocery stores and supply chain disruptions expected to persist

Americans looking to get outside this holiday weekend, maybe fire up the grill, should be prepared to see high prices at grocery stores, especially cookout staples like ground beef and chicken.

  Crowds pack pool bar at Lake of the Ozarks amid pandemic

Pasmore said, while at Backwater Jack's, he didn't see anyone practicing social distancing.

  Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from N.C. governor

Trump's tweets about the RNC, planned for Charlotte, come just two days after North Carolina recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases yet.

  Solemn rituals carry on with new precautions at Arlington National Cemetery

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, honoring the nation’s fallen heroes looks a little different.

  1st deadlines approach for laid-off workers to get health insurance

The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that nearly 27 million workers and family members had lost job-based health coverage as of the start of this month.

  Memorial Day weekend draws crowds -- and triggers warnings

The U.S. is continuing a cautious state-by-state reopening, even as the president urged states to relax their lockdowns during the Memorial Day weekend.

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

The White House announced a ban on travel to the U.S. from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus.

No fans, no problem: Some Coca-Cola 600 fans turn out anyway

Spectators weren't allowed inside Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCARs longest race, the Coca-Cola 600. But that didn't stop some fans from making the trip and listening to the roar of engines from an an independently owned motorhome campground a few hundred yards from the track.

  US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale.

  Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

People around the country are struggling to find ways to honor fallen heroes on a Memorial Day like no other, with people avoiding crowds to prevent the spread of the virus.

CDC, states’ reporting of virus test data causes confusion

Public health officials say robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data.

DHEC: Over 10,000 COVID-19 cases now in SC, 10 new deaths

State health officials revealed the latest numbers on the virus Sunday.

  Trump’s pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021

President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall. He's asking them to trust him when it comes to an economic recovery.

  Marshwalk restaurant owners asking for public’s feedback on whether to hold July 4 fireworks show

Restaurant owners along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk are wrestling with whether or not to hold the annual July 4th fireworks show in light of the COVID-19 pandemic – and they want the public’s feedback.

Local youth sports begin registration after governor’s order

Several cities and counties are opening up registration to recreation sports, which can start play in June.

  FDA commissioner urges Americans to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines over Memorial Day weekend

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding Americans to remain vigilant against the coronavirus.

Riverbanks Zoo reopens with new reservation requirement

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia welcomed back its first guests Saturday, but with much different rules.

  White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It's not going to happen.

NASCAR all alone on motorsports biggest day of racing

The Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.

  Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

The U.S. has been the hardest hit country, with more than 96,000 deaths among 1.6 million confirmed cases.

Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago, leading to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course was the latest sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak ti

Lawsuit: NC laws expose many voters to virus risks

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of elderly or disabled residents whose medical conditions make them more vulnerable to coronavirus.

  DHEC announces 6 new COVID-19 deaths, 248 new cases in S.C.

The updated numbers were released Saturday afternoon.

  Mo. hair stylist works while symptomatic, tests positive for coronavirus

Between May 12 and May 20, a stylist at a Great Clips came in contact with 84 clients and seven coworkers, who now all will be tested for the coronavirus.

NBA talking with Disney about resuming season

Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando.

SC likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

South Carolina’s decision to allow absentee voting by mail for anyone in next month’s primaries because of the coronavirus could mean a long night waiting for results.

  Tourists adjusting to new 'social distancing norms’ along the Grand Strand

Thousands of people are making their way to the Grand Strand to spend their Memorial Day weekend on the sandy beaches.

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

South Carolina’s unemployment rate soared to a level never seen in more than 40 years of reporting as the coronavirus wiped out nearly half the state’s restaurant tourism and other hospitality jobs.

Trump’s disconnect with DC widens during viral pandemic

The capital city’s coronavirus death rate is higher than all but four states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Top UN official warns malicious emails on rise in pandemic

Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that “there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide.”

Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Hertz and its subsidiaries will continue to operate, according to a release from the company. Hertz's principal international operating regions and franchised locations are not included in the filing, the statement said.

New DHEC data shows 31 coronavirus cases reported at Loris nursing home

The Department of Health and Environmental Control released new coronavirus data involving nursing home and residential care facilities.

  Florence Downtown Development Corporation provides small businesses with recovery grant

COVID-19 closures heavily impacted downtown Florence which consists of primarily small businesses. Development Manager, Hannah Davis, said the Florence Downtown Development Corporation is helping these businesses move forward.

Ex-Hoya, ex-Knick, current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has COVID

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.

Universal Orlando sets reopening date

The resort said it will begin welcoming guests again on June 5.