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People drive through and pick up food at Harvest Hope Food Bank Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Greenville, S.C. Harvest Hope helps low income families and senior citizens. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

S.C. cities defy state on restrictions as virus cases rise

Mar. 28, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor is aiming to protect first responders during the new coronavirus outbreak, ordering that anyone calling 911 be asked if anyone near them has symptoms of COVID-19. In a new executive order issued Saturday, Gov. Henry McMaster required that 911 emergency...

Medical University of South Carolina healthcare providers dress in protective suiting, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., as they get ready to open the hospital's drive-thru tent for patients who are being tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Citadel Mall parking lot. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

South Carolina: Visitors from virus hot spots to quarantine

Mar. 27, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday ordered visitors traveling to South Carolina from several “hot spot” areas to immediately self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, the latest in a series of steps seeking to stem the new coronavirus outbreak. In a new executive order,...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster listens as State Epidemiologist Linda Bell gives an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia, S.C., Thursday, March 26, 2020. McMaster said he is not ready to issue a stay at home order for the entire state because residents are following instructions on social distancing. (AP Photo /Jeffrey Collins)

Unemployment soars; stay at home orders in SC biggest cities

Mar. 26, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the first week of economic disruption from the coronavirus, more than 31,000 people said they lost their jobs in South Carolina. The state Thursday released unemployment claims for the week ending March 21, and the 31,054 claims were almost the same number of jobless claims...

Raeanne Castillo, center, with Roper St. Francis Healthcare holds specimen collection kits at the hospital's North Charleston office Monday, March 16, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. Roper St. Francis Healthcare is providing drive-through specimen collecting for patients suspected of having COVID-19 or flu who have already been screened by a Virtual Care provider. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Health officials: SC COVID-19 cases may reach 8,000 by May

Mar. 25, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two Republicans in the South Carolina House have joined a growing call for Gov. Henry McMaster to issue a stay at home order to fight the coronavirus. The letter from Reps. Neal Collins of Easley and Gary Clary of Clemson was sent before state health officials released their COVID-19...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Mar. 25, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ March 24 The Index-Journal on responsibly reporting on the new coronavirus: Newspapers are accustomed to criticism. It comes with the territory. This newspaper has not shied away from publishing letters to the editor that are critical of its coverage of news...

A woman gets her temperature read as normal before going to work at AnMed Health Campus Emergency Department entrance in Anderson, S.C. in Anderson Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Ken Ruinard /The Independent-Mail via AP)

SC schools likely to close through April because of virus

Mar. 24, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina schools will likely be closed through at least April because of the new coronavirus, the governor announced Tuesday. State health officials reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 and the Spoleto Festival USA canceled its 2020 season also on Tuesday. Gov. Henry...

Oversize load damages and closes SC bridge over I-85

Mar. 24, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

COWPENS, S.C. (AP) — An illegal, oversize load damaged a bridge over Interstate 85 in South Carolina so badly it had to be closed, transportation officials said. The load hit the deck of the state Highway 110 bridge over I-85 near Cowpens on Monday afternoon, the South Carolina Department of Transportation...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2020 file photo, a Boeing 777X airplane takes off on its first flight, at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Boeing is painting a sobering picture for its business in 2020.  The Chicago-based company said Wednesday, March 11  it has imposed a hiring freeze in response to the virus outbreak that is undercutting air travel. It said received 18 orders last month for new large planes but continues to lose orders for the grounded 737 Max. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

South Carolina Boeing worker tests positive for virus

Mar. 23, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An employee at Boeing's South Carolina production facility has tested positive for COVID-19, the company said Monday. The employee was quarantined and was being treated, said Boeing spokeswoman Libba Holland. The company asked all workers who had been in close contact with the...

No charges for officers who fatally shot South Carolina man

Mar. 23, 2020 4:59 AM EDT

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — No charges will be filed against police officers in South Carolina who fatally shot a man outside a store where he was accused of shoplifting, the state's attorney general announced. The Chester police officers, who have not been named, acted in self-defense when they shot and killed...

Plantation exhibits to show lost lives of African Americans

Mar. 23, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — The once-overlooked story of the people who were enslaved on the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is about to get a more telling voice. An estimated 250 men, women and children were forced to do the day-to-day chores at the Snee Farm plantation house in Mount Pleasant...