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Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jul. 8, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ July 6 The State on a law requiring people to wear face coverings in Columbia, South Carolina: It’s now been 10 days since the city of Columbia enacted a law requiring people to wear face masks in public places in an effort to help stem South...

A car turns in at a location for drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Prisma Richland Hospital on Friday, April 3, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

100+ coronavirus cases reported at South Carolina prison

Jul. 6, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 100 inmates have been infected with COVID-19 in a South Carolina prison where one inmate has already died from the disease caused by the coronavirus. According to numbers on the website of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, 124 inmates at the Tyger River...

Demolition of public housing complex where 2 died starts

Jul. 4, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Workers are preparing to start the demolition of an 80-year-old South Carolina public housing complex where two men died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a poorly maintained heater. The 400 residents of Allen Benedict Court in Columbia were never allowed back into their homes after...

Christy Kasler, center, from Ohio, enjoys a day at the beach, Thursday, June 18, 2020, while her daughter-in-law Cory plays with her grandson, Bentley, 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)

Pandemic makes stay-at-home explosions popular this July 4th

Jul. 3, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mostly-masked shoppers were selecting their own explosives Friday for stay-at-home fireworks shows this holiday weekend. “This whole COVID thing has been really bad all around,” said Forest Casey, a fourth-generation fireworks salesman at his family-owned shop in...

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, South Carolina mayor teaming up on COVID effort

Jul. 2, 2020 4:24 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...

Teen arrested after another teen stabbed to death

Jul. 1, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy is dead and another teenager is in custody, accused of his murder, the Columbia Police Department said Wednesday. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the victim as Robert Albert Jones IV, The State reported. Authorities said Jones was stabbed about 3:30...

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...