Coronavirus

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the two sides set a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of the week to permit a vote next week.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

  Gov. McMaster urging local cities to enact mask mandates

Clorox wipes shortage to last into 2021

COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

  Ga. DPH reports 2,500+ new statewide cases of COVID-19

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  Coronavirus: Parents may spend more on back-to-school shopping than ever amid pandemic

  Trump says coronavirus ‘under control’ in wide-ranging interview

N.C. surpasses 2,000 COVID-19 deaths as daily case increases rise for first time in five days

Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

  Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

Effingham Co. Schools holding Chromebook/Laptop pickup

  Formerly disbelieving, Arizona couple who suffered from COVID-19 expresses regrets

They once laughed about the virus. Now they say it’s no joke.

  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

Some 23 million people nationwide at risk of being evicted, according to The Aspen Institute, as moratoriums enacted because of the coronavirus expire and courts reopen. Around 30 state moratoriums have expired since May, according to The Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Longtime Chatham Co. Commissioner diagnosed with COVID-19

As COVID 19 numbers continue to rise in our community, a longtime Chatham County Commissioner has tested positive for the virus.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Lawmakers, health officials seek to bridge the broadband internet gap in SC

  Nearly 300 employees in Ga. school district test positive or in contact with virus

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter.

  DHEC: 1,105 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths in SC

Monday's report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 92,404 and confirmed deaths to 1,721.

  Coastal Health District confirms more than 5,000 cases of COVID-19 in Chatham County

The Coastal Health District reports that Chatham County officially passed more than 5,000 cases on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the county is 5,051.

  Everyone must wear face masks inside SC restaurants starting at 5 p.m. Monday, governor orders

Gov. Henry McMaster announced the order July 29 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Some parents forming ‘pandemic pods’ to teach their kids

It’s August, and kids are going back to school. Some children will go to physical classrooms, but some parents are forming what are being called “pandemic pods.”

  ‘We were a regular family’: Ga. teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

The 17-year-old says he and his parents took all the proper precautions, but they all tested positive for COVID-19. He doesn't know how they contracted the virus.

  Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction.

  Retail rout gains pace, Lord & Taylor seeks bankruptcy

Household names, many longtime anchors in malls nationwide, were already struggling to keep up with a radical reformation in what people buy, and where they buy it. Much of that activity has moved online.

Long-sought south Georgia convention center remains stalled

The coronavirus pandemic has stalled plans to build a Georgia city’s convention center that has been on the drawing board for nearly two decades.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span.

  With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

Many restaurants that got coronavirus relief loans have spent the money and now find themselves in the same precarious position as in the pandemic’s early days.

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule for the upcoming season, which because of the pandemic is not guaranteed to be played.

  India reports 55,000 virus cases, Florida faces storm

India reported nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and Japan recorded more than 1,500 for a second day while Florida braced for a tropical storm that threatened to hamper anti-disease efforts.

  SC announces 1,110 new COVID-19 cases, 27 more deaths

DHEC says 1,427 people are hospitalized and 230 are on ventilators.

  Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in Spain and the Netherlands as a precaution.

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries.

More than 700 people attended an Airbnb house party in New Jersey. Now, the home rental company is cracking down.

Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Trenton and Atlantic City are among the 25 cities in the state that have impacted listings.

  Ind. student tests positive for COVID-19 on first day of school

The district’s superintendent, Dr. Harold Olin, says their plan was immediately put in place.

  Ga. DPH reports 3,660 new cases of COVID-19; 73 new deaths reported

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 3,660 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday, August 1.

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but expired Friday.

  SC announces 1,491 new COVID-19 cases, 35 more deaths

DHEC says 1,453 people are hospitalized and 235 are on ventilators.

  Storm could hinder US virus response; Mexico No. 3 in deaths

Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites even as Florida reached a new daily high in deaths.

  Chatham Co. Commission chairman issues executive order requiring masks

Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott has issued a county-wide State of Emergency order that will require everyone to wear face coverings in public.

  US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

The U.S. government has a further option for the supply of an additional 500 million doses longer term as part of its Operation Warp Speed program.

Gov. Kemp extends public health state of emergency, renews COVID-19 restrictions

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has extended his public health state of emergency for Georgia in his latest executive order.

  St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System makes several investments to handle COVID-19

St Joseph’s/Candler Health System has spent months preparing to make sure they are ready for COVID-19.

  Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

The web of state and local quarantines is growing more tangled by the day: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered visitors from a whopping 34 states to quarantine for 14 days.

  Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci is returning to Capitol Hill on Friday.

  Georgia camp with COVID-19 outbreak didn’t require masks

A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn’t make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.

  Ga. DPH reports 4,100+ new cases of COVID-19; 81 new deaths reported

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 4,149 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Friday, July 31.

  SC announces new case of MIS-C along with 1,346 new COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 88,523 and confirmed deaths to 1,647.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Transition from work-at-home novice to pro

As work and home life meld, it’s difficult to maintain boundaries, stay productive and take care of your mental health amid the pandemic.

Virus patients to be sent to giant Georgia convention center

Georgia’s governor says one of the nation’s largest convention centers will reopen on Monday with “surge beds” to treat COVID-19 patients as critical care units across the state remain nearly full.

  Rent’s due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off

Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties.

  Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

Health experts say test results that come back after two or three days are nearly worthless, because by then the window for tracing the person's contacts to prevent additional infections has essentially closed.

  Local gyms requiring face coverings during workouts

More gyms are asking people to wear a face mask while they work out. And starting Aug. 1, all Planet Fitness locations will require members and guests to wear a face covering.

  2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, hard-hit states and that cases are rising in at least half of all the states

Senate stalls on extending unemployment insurance, as $600 weekly benefit expires

For now, it has passed a "shell" bill — 47 to 42 — that did not include any details but was proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in an attempt to break the stalemate in negotiations over the next coronavirus relief bill.

  Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday’s brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, Sept. 26 start

The SEC's university presidents agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26.

  Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

The coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy plunging by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter and is still inflicting damage across the country, squeezing already struggling businesses and forcing a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating.

  Herman Cain dies of COVID at 74

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died of COVID-19. He was 74.

  Gov. McMaster issues new executive orders for COVID-19

South Carolina COVID-19 restrictions create tough choices for business owners.

  SC announces 1,636 new COVID-19 cases, 48 more deaths

DHEC says 1,563 people are hospitalized and 245 are on ventilators.

  Ga. DPH reports 4,000+ new cases of COVID-19; 30 new deaths reported

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 4,045 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Thursday, July 30.

  UK scientists immunizing hundreds with coronavirus vaccine

Dr. Robin Shattock, a professor at the college, told The Associated Press that he and colleagues had just finished a very slow and arduous process of testing the vaccine at a low dose in the initial participants and would now expand the trial to about 300 people, including some over age 75.

  Groups unite to urge US to extend food aid to schoolchildren

The group is pushing the Republican-led Senate and Trump to adopt the HEROES Act.

  Democrats trim convention hours amid coronavirus pandemic

Joe Biden is expected to accept the party’s presidential nomination on the final night of the convention, which runs Aug. 17-20, the schedule released late Wednesday said.

  Trump downplays West Texas energy worries, attacks Democrats

Trump took sweeping digs at so-called “crazy left radical Democrats” on a fundraising trip to the fracking fields of West Texas. The oil and gas industry is struggling with the pandemic economic downturn and global oversupply.

  Rep. Gohmert tests positive for COVID before planned trip with Trump

Gohmert, R-Texas, did not wear a mask at the judiciary committee hearing Tuesday where Attorney General Bill Barr testified.

  Some Americans may be suffering from pandemic-related post-traumatic stress symptoms, study says

The coronavirus pandemic has fostered fear and forced changed in our way of life and new research suggests an alarming number of Americans may be suffering from post traumatic stress symptoms because of it.

  JetBlue tests UV device for disinfecting planes

JetBlue is experimenting with a high-tech UV light system to keep its planes clear of COVID-19.

  Misinformation on the virus is proving highly contagious

As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight to the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures.

  DHEC announced 1,666 new COVID-19 cases, 48 additional deaths

The total number of people in South Carolina with confirmed cases since the outbreak began is now 85,423 and confirmed deaths climb to 1,551.

Wild Adventures launching virtual educational program for students

Covid-19 has impacted pretty much everything we do, especially when it comes to learning. School field trips were a big part of Wild Adventures as students could learn about the animals.

  Coastal Health District director provides context to reported COVID-19 deaths

In the past week, 14 people have died due to COVID-19 in Chatham County. Half of those were recorded in a single day on Tuesday.