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Dr. Deborah Birx, a high-ranking member of President Trump's coronavirus response team, exits Sid McDonald Hall to conduct a press conference at the University of Alabama Friday Sept. 11, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

Birx praises Alabama virus response, tells men to wear masks

Sep. 11, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on Friday praised Alabama’s response to the pandemic, but expressed concern about the number of men she saw not wearing masks as she visited the state. During a stop at the University of Alabama, the site of a...

S. Carolina public health director no longer headed to Ohio

Sep. 10, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Less than six hours after one of South Carolina's top health officials was reported to be leaving to head Ohio's health department, the governor of Ohio said she was withdrawing her name from consideration. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tweeted Thursday evening that Joan Duwve, who...

U of South Carolina reports 2nd largest freshman class

Sep. 9, 2020 6:19 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina says it has drawn among its largest freshman classes in history, along with increases in enrollment at its flagship campus for the fall semester, beginning amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state's largest four-year college reported welcoming its...

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in South Carolina

Sep. 5, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — New cases of the coronavirus in South Carolina continue to increase as state health officials reported 918 more as of Saturday. The Department of Health and Environmental Control said almost 15% of the those new cases were in Richland County as college students return to the...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster removes his mask while speaking during a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. As of Monday, McMaster says all businesses will be allowed to be open, as long as they adhere to social distancing and capacity limits. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

No hugs, kisses: SC nursing home visits resume amid COVID-19

Sep. 1, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After nearly six months of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, people can visit relatives and friends in South Carolina nursing homes and residential care facilities, but there will be no hugs and kisses and they will have to meet outside. Gov. Henry McMaster announced new...

S.C. officials suspend groups, students over COVID-19 rules

Aug. 31, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina has suspended six sororities or fraternities, as well 15 students, for violating COVID-19 safety rules, the school announced Monday. The announcement came as the number of confirmed cases on campus passed the 500 mark. It also came as some student...

Coroner: Body found at SC school identified

Aug. 26, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A man discovered dead inside a South Carolina school has been identified. The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday the deceased is Harry A. Batten Jr., 69, WCSC-TV reported. Batten was working at Dubose Middle School when he was found unresponsive about 12:45 p.m....

Two University of South Carolina sorority houses quarantined

Aug. 25, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina has quarantined two sorority houses after students living there tested positive for COVID-19. University administrators said Tuesday the students were either asymptomatic or experiencing minor symptoms prior to being tested, The State newspaper...

University of SC announces free COVID-19 saliva tests

Aug. 20, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina is joining a handful of universities nationwide to implement saliva tests for COVID-19, as part of its plan to reopen for classes this week. The tests will be free for students, faculty and staff on the school's Columbia campus, the university said in...

Oyeronke Popoola, a 17-year-old freshman from Raleigh, carries some of her belongings as she and other students leave campus following a cluster of COVID-19 cases at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The university announced that it would cancel all in-person undergraduate learning starting on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Colleges grapple with coronavirus as students return

Aug. 18, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Notre Dame and Michigan State universities became the latest colleges to move classes online because of the coronavirus on Tuesday as colleges struggle to contain outbreaks and students continue to congregate in large groups without masks or social distancing. The decisions came...