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Burn ban in effect for unincorporated Horry Co., forestry commission issues red flag alert

  SC Restaurant and Lodging Association begins relief fund for hospitality workers

  McMaster directs DHEC to release up-to-date stats on COVID-19 cases by zip code

  Relief fund launched to help S.C. hospitality workers affected by coronavirus outbreak

  S.C. lawmakers push for statewide workers’ compensation for first responders who contract COVID-19

Baby born in S.C. during coronavirus outbreak gets parking garage welcome from friends

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Chief justice warns S.C. residents to not ‘take advantage’ of moratorium on evictions

UofSC extends remote learning for students through August 1

  DHEC releases new zip code data on COVID-19 cases across S.C.

  DHEC: Coronavirus cases reported in all 46 S.C. counties; 5 more deaths announced

  Amazon worker in W. Columbia diagnosed with COVID-19

  State representatives call for Gov. McMaster to issue ‘stay-at-home’ order

Wilmington-based PPD awarded $750K federal contract to study possible COVID-19 treatment

The federal government has awarded Wilmington-based pharmaceutical company PPD $750,000 to research two antimalarial drugs being touted as a possible treatment for the novel coronavirus.

COVID-19 impacts SC aerospace, Boeing to implement voluntary layoff plan in pandemic

Boeing notified its employees that it will offer a voluntary layoff plan to its employees as the aerospace industry begins adjusting to its “new reality.”

S.C. unemployment claims double from previous week; Horry County has over 9,600 claims

Over 9,600 people in Horry County filed for unemployment benefits for the week ending March 28, leading the number of claims in South Carolina, according to statistics released Thursday.

South Carolina creating COVID-19 database for first responders

The South Carolina Department of Health is creating a database that will give first responders more information about the places and people they’re responding to during the coronavirus pandemic.

DHEC announces 4 new coronavirus deaths in S.C.; 210 new cases

  South Carolina’s employment agency making changes, upgrades to improve responsiveness

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

N.C. sheriff’s deputy dies from COVID-19, officials say

3-year-old shot, seriously injured in drive-by in Kannapolis, N.C.

McMaster announces closure of non-essential businesses in S.C. due to COVID-19

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.

  All hands on deck to help enforce closure of public accesses to waterways, SCDNR says

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources wants to clear up confusion on the governor’s order to close all public accesses to beaches and waterways.

  DHEC releases new zip code data, heat map for updated COVID-19 cases in S.C.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced there were over 1,000 positive cases of the coronavirus within the state.

  DHEC: Number of coronavirus cases in S.C. surpasses 1,000; four new deaths

The updated numbers came up Tuesday afternoon.

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. McMaster orders closure of public accesses to all South Carolina beaches

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Monday that closes all public access points to the state’s beaches.

  DHEC announces two additional coronavirus deaths, 151 new cases in S.C.

The new statewide figures were announced Monday.

Summerville mother 'heartbroken’ as therapists for son with autism get laid off

A Summerville mom is heartbroken after the therapists for her four-year-old son with Down Syndrome and autism get laid off.

  SCDHEC releases new heat map, zip code information for COVID-19 cases

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has released new information on COVID-19 cases by zip code, as well as a heat map.

Rep. Cunningham, who tested positive for COVID-19, calls on S.C. governor to issue ‘stay at home’ order

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01), who tested positive for COVID-19, has called on South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster to issue a statewide stay-at-home order.

DHEC: Infant formula companies not giving out free formula

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control took to social media on Monday to dispel a rumor regarding infant formula.

Venomous snake gets stuck in 3-month-old’s stroller in Goose Creek

A Goose Creek resident says a venomous snake got caught in the stroller as she was taking a walk with her 3-month-old daughter in the Brickhope Greens neighborhood.

Two dead, one missing after boat collision on Waccamaw River

Two people were killed and a third was missing after a boat wreck on the Waccamaw River on Sunday afternoon, according to media reports.

Emergency leaders ask for more information from S.C. health officials to combat COVID-19 outbreak

Emergency responders need it to protect themselves when responding to scenes where coronavirus patients live.

Charleston Co. bus drivers will be paid for some lost work hours during school closures

Durham Bus Services and the Charleston County School District have come to a limited agreement to pay bus drivers for lost work hours due to school closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Durham had previously told its employees to file for unemployment insurance.

Folly Beach to reinstate checkpoint, suspend short term rentals

Protesters were seen on Folly Beach Saturday morning after officials lifted restrictions and checkpoints on the island Friday night.

Mother charged after infant found inside bag in church parking lot, deputies say

A mother has been charged after Polk County Sheriff's deputies say her 6-month old child was found sealed in a black bag at a church in Tryon.

Slain college student who tackled classroom gunman awarded Medal of Honor

A college student who died tackling a gunman at a North Carolina university was posthumously awarded one of the U.S.'s highest civilian honors on Wednesday, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced.

  McMaster orders mandatory quarantine for those coming into SC from COVID-19 hot spots

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Friday calling for a mandatory quarantine for those coming into the state from areas in the country deemed “hot spots” for the novel coronavirus.

City of Folly Beach lifts restrictions; other municipalities release updates on restrictions

City of Folly Beach officials will be lifting restrictions and checkpoints on the island Friday night.

  Rep. Tom Rice explains stimulus bill impact on small businesses in Grand Strand

The stimulus package passed through the House of Representatives unanimously, and Rep. Tom Rice, who represents the Grand Strand, was part of that historic moment.

President Trump approves disaster declaration for South Carolina

President Donald Trump declared on Friday that a major disaster exists in South Carolina due to the coronavirus.

  DHEC announces 4 more coronavirus-related deaths; 86 new cases in S.C.

The new numbers were released Friday afternoon.

  SCDHEC releases info on COVID-19 cases by zip code

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has released zip code data for the state’s 456 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Thursday, March 26.

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham tests positive for coronavirus

The U.S. Representative said he has been in self-quarantine since March 19 and will remain.

  S.C. DMV extends deadline for licenses, registration about to expire

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles has extended the deadline for renew a driver’s license, permit or vehicle registration.

Rep. Cunningham says he tested positive for COVID-19

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham released a statement Friday after learning he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

S.C. cities don’t have authority to enact ‘stay-at-home’ order, according to attorney general opinion

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson released an opinion Friday stating that local governments cannot exercise the emergency powers delegated to the governor by the General Assembly.

Director of DHEC on medical leave, acting director named in interim

Rick Toomey sent a letter to DHEC staff announcing the issue Friday.

  South Carolina state parks closing through month of April

All state parks in South Carolina will be closed through the month of April, according to an announcement Friday morning.

  SC Strong shirts saving jobs and supporting health care workers

A Midlands business owner has come up with a way to keep his staff working all while helping to support health care workers in the state. Koss Creative Brands in Columbia is now printing South Carolina “Strong” t-shirts during these uncertain and trying times.

McMaster addresses ‘stay at home’ order questions, says not necessary right now

The South Carolina governor will give an update on the state's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  DHEC announces two new coronavirus-related deaths in S.C., 32 more cases; 1 new case in Horry County

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced on Thursday two more people have died from the coronavirus in the state, bringing the total to nine.

  S.C. unemployment claims jump by 1,600% over previous week; Horry County has state’s highest number of claims

Unemployment claims in South Carolina last week rose by 1,600% over the previous week, according to figures released Thursday by S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

Mother charged after newborn found alive in plastic bag near Union County home

The mother of a newborn baby found inside a plastic bag near a Union County home Wednesday is charged with attempted murder and felony child abuse.

Authorities urge public to report COVID-19 scams

Authorities are encouraging the public report scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Missing 5-year-old girl returned home; suspect arrested

Deputies say a child who had not been returned to her legal guardian has been found and safely brought home.

Amber Alert canceled for Kentucky twin girls

An AMBER Alert has been issued for two abducted 7-year-old twins from Kentucky.

  McMaster requests all S.C. visitors to self-quarantine for two weeks if staying two or more nights

McMaster tweeted the request just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

North Carolina receives disaster declaration approved by Trump

United States President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for North Carolina as the state continues to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Innovative medical device to help with ventilator shortages created by S.C. medical group

Primsa Health announced an innovation by its team that will help hospitals across the country that are strapped for medical equipment during the coronavirus outbreak.

  DHEC to provide confirmed COVID-19 case zip codes, priority testing for first responders

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has requested the state Department of Health and Environmental Control provide the location of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in S.C. by zip code for the prior 14 days.

DHEC data projections show over 8,000 coronavirus cases in S.C. by May

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control released its projections on the impact that the coronavirus will have on residents in the state.

DHEC announces 82 new coronavirus cases in S.C.; Horry County has 1 new case

The new numbers were announced Wednesday afternoon.

  Publix to start installing plexiglass in stores across S.C. to protect employees during COVID-10 outbreak

Publix is working to keep its employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

  ‘More needs to be done:’ S.C. lawmakers want ‘stay home’ order from McMaster

Two Upstate lawmakers are urging Gov. Henry McMaster to issue a "stay at home" order for South Carolinians now that the novel coronavirus has reached the "acceleration stage."

  Cheraw implements curfew after positive coronavirus case identified

The town of Cheraw will implement a curfew starting Wednesday night after a positive coronavirus case was confirmed in Chesterfield County.

City of Charleston passes ordinance directing people to stay at home except for necessary trips

The City of Charleston has passed an ordinance directing residents to stay at home for two weeks except for necessary trips to the grocery store and other essential activities.

  DHEC announces first coronavirus death in Horry County

The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced two new deaths in South Carolina, bringing the number to seven.

S.C. Association of Counties ask governor to release locations of coronavirus patients

The South Carolina Association of Counties sent a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster, asking him to provide information on the location of coronavirus patients.

Gov. McMaster: South Carolina schools to remain closed through April

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced that K-12 schools will remain closed statewide through the month of April.

Couple facing drug charges after crashing into Wilmington home, later found passed out in car at nearby store

A Wilmington couple is facing multiple drug charges after they allegedly crashed into a house with their car, left the scene, and were found asleep inside the vehicle which was illegally parked at a downtown store.

  Two Upstate Chick-fil-A’s temporarily close after employee tests presumptive positive for COVID-19

Two Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Upstate are temporarily closing after an employee tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

President Trump pushes back REAL ID deadline due to coronavirus

South Carolina residents who don’t have a REAL ID have a little more time to get it.

South Carolina state parks to close temporarily this week

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism announced on Monday it will close state parks temporarily this week.

  DHEC announces 103 new cases of COVID-19, 5 new cases in Horry County; 2 new coronavirus deaths in S.C.

The state's updated numbers were announced Monday afternoon.

  McMaster issues order for law enforcement to disperse crowds of 3 or more

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster provided an update Monday afternoon on the state’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

S.C. gun shops report jumps in gun, ammo sales during COVID-19 pandemic

First, it was toilet paper. Now gun shops say guns and ammunition are the hot sellers as people are dealing with the novel coronavirus pandemic.