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State health officials sit in the lobby of the South Carolina Statehouse as the House meets without the public in attendance, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The House returned briefly to approve $45 million in emergency funds for state health officials to fight coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Mandatory legislator quarantine sought after SC session

Apr. 5, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker is seeking a “mandatory quarantine at home” for all state legislators following this week’s special session amid the coronavirus outbreak. Noting that he supports the decision for lawmakers to hold the one-day session Wednesday, state...

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)

Virus deaths at 40 in South Carolina; infections pass 1,900

Apr. 4, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's death toll from the coronavirus has risen to at least 40, state health officials said Saturday. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported that confirmed infections statewide have exceeded 1,900. Charleston County had more than 270 confirmed...

SC state police receive accreditation and high honor

Apr. 4, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's state police agency has again been accredited by a major law enforcement organization. The State Law Enforcement Division said it was also given an extra award by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. CALEA gave the state agency its...

Several members of the South Carolina House choose to practice social distancing and sit in the balcony on Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Columbia, S.C.. The House returned briefly to approve $45 million in emergency funds for state health officials to fight coronavirus.  (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Some Democrats say SC Legislature meeting is unsafe

Apr. 4, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are coming back to the Statehouse for a day next week, but not everyone is happy the Republican dominated House and Senate will be in session as the coronavirus spreads. “What kind of message are we sending when we try to get 170 legislators and staff...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, right, speaks at a COVID-19 briefing on Friday, April 3, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC gov directs officials to release virus cases by ZIP code

Apr. 3, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster has directed South Carolina's health department to begin publicly disclosing confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code, a level of information specificity the agency had previously said was not necessary in efforts to temper the outbreak. “We want the people to...

SC prosecutors: Deputy took bribes to protect gamblers

Apr. 2, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A deputy in South Carolina took money from illegal gamblers for five years to protect them from the law and kept feeding them information after the payments stopped, authorities said. Former Florence County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Edward Fuleihan was arrested Thursday, the state Attorney...

Republican Rep. William Herbkersman, R-Bluffton speaks to Rep. Beth Bernstein, D-Columbia as she practices social distancing in the South Carolina House on Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The House returned briefly to approve $45 million in emergency funds for state health officials to fight coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

SC House and Senate to come back for one day next week

Apr. 2, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House and Senate plan to return for one day next week with a limited agenda of passing a resolution allowing state government to continue to spend money if a new budget isn't passed by July 1. Both chambers then plan Wednesday to pass a resolution laying out what...

Deputies: Bulletproof vest charity CEO charged with rape

Apr. 1, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The founder of a charity that provides bulletproof vests for police departments who can't afford them was arrested and charged with incest and rape, authorities said. Michael Allan Letts sexually abused a relative from the time she was 10 until she turned 17, Richland County deputies...

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)

SC health officials defend limited COVID-19 data release

Apr. 1, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As businesses considered nonessential close across South Carolina to fight the coronavirus, state health officials are coming under increased scrutiny over information it isn't gathering or releasing about the spread of the virus. For a brief time last week, the Department of Health...

A city worker places cones to block a beach entrance along the Myrtle Beach boardwalk, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Myrtle Beach Public Works crews were closing down public beach access points following South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's order to close access to beaches and public waterways amid the coronavirus threat. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Gov orders non-essential SC businesses closed amid outbreak

Mar. 31, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the closure of non-essential businesses in South Carolina, his latest in a stair-step escalation of measures aimed at quelling the new coronavirus outbreak. The order, announced by the governor during a news conference on Tuesday, takes effect Wednesday...