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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg pauses as he speaks to supporters at a primary night election rally in Nashua, N.H. Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy, though ending far short of its goal, will likely go down in history books as a success: proof of the remarkable advances made by LGBT Americans in their quest for equality and acceptance.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Buttigieg, SC capital city mayor teaming up on COVID effort

Jul. 2, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has teamed up with the mayor of South Carolina's capital city to help municipalities stem the spread of the coronavirus. Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Steve Benjamin said Thursday that he and Buttigieg have...

A crow sits on fencing erected around the Epsom Downs racecourse, in Epsom, England, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The Derby annual horse race will take place behind closed doors on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The Latest: Oklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budget

Jul. 2, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Oklahoma athletics department has announced $13.7 million in budget cuts it blames on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, including a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1,000,000 per year. Athletic...

Gov. Henry McMaster speaks during a meeting of the Accelerate SC economy initiative in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP)

Huge spike in COVID-19 cases overwhelms S. Carolina tracers

Jul. 1, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina reported more people in the hospital and more deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday than any day since the pandemic began in March, overwhelming the ability to track cases and try to slow the spreading outbreak, the state's top infectious disease specialist said. The spike...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jul. 1, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ June 28 The Post and Courier on some cities in South Carolina mandating that people wear masks in public spaces, including in restaurants: South Carolina’s hospitality industry got overtaken by events this past week — in a good way —...

Tabatha Johnson, left, and her husband, Mark, enjoy the first day of vacation, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Across America, people are leaving their cares — and sometimes their masks — at home after months of worry about the virus as Southern states like South Carolina open hotels and restaurants and like Myrtle Beach advertise “Yes, the beach is open!” (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

As July 4 approaches, SC health officials urge staying home

Jun. 30, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina approaches a holiday weekend often an anchor for its typically booming tourism industry, and the state's numbers of positive coronavirus tests continue to rise, public health officials are encouraging people to just stay home. Dr. Joan Duwve, public health director...

Cheryl Pearce, a volunteer working the first tee, wears a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, at the start the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Cheryl Bearce

COVID-19: More than 1,000 people hospitalized in S Carolina

Jun. 29, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina hospitals now hold more than 1,000 patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, and more than 10 localities have ordered people to wear masks to fight transmission of the coronavirus that causes the disease. There are now 1,032 such patients, the Department...

South Carolina reports second highest day for virus cases

Jun. 28, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina continues to see a surge of coronavirus cases as state health officials on Sunday reported more than 1,300 new cases. The Department of Health and Environmental Control on Sunday has confirmed 1,366 new cases, the second highest number reported in a single day since...

SC tops 1,500 new coronavirus cases Saturday for new record

Jun. 27, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Department of Health and Environmental Control reported nearly 1,600 new cases of the coronavirus Saturday in South Carolina, surpassing the previous daily record of 1,290 set on Tuesday. The state said the 1,599 new cases reported bring South Carolina's total cases to 31,850. The...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, file photo, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper arrives for a news briefing on the coronavirus at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C. With reported coronavirus cases rising rapidly in many states, governors are getting lots of advice on how to respond. Cooper announced a statewide mask rule and three-week pause on further reopenings, moves that were supported by a nurses association. But Cooper has faced pushback from Republican lawmakers and small businesses that are still shuttered, including bars, gyms and bowling alleys, which have tried to overturn the governor’s orders through legal action or legislation. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Governors face competing voices as reported virus cases rise

Jun. 27, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Nevada prepared to start reopening parts of its economy last month, a team of medical experts recommended to Gov. Steve Sisolak that he require people wear masks in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The governor promoted masks but resisted making them a requirement,...

Cheryl Pearce, a volunteer working the first tee, wears a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, at the start the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) Cheryl Bearce

S.C. Gov. McMaster says mask requirement unenforceable

Jun. 26, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina reported a record-high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations Friday, Gov. Henry McMaster doubled down on his stance that a statewide mask requirement could not be enforced. “There’s no way we can make somebody do something that they just don’t want...