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  DHEC: 113 new cases of coronavirus in S.C., 1 new death

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced one additional death related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

10 tickets issued for failure to social distance, Horry County police say

  DHEC: 121 new cases of coronavirus in S.C., 2 new deaths; 1,500 samples backlogged for testing

Mother charged after infant found inside bag in church parking lot, deputies say

Slain college student who tackled classroom gunman awarded Medal of Honor

South Carolina joins Florida in quarantining visitors from New Orleans

  DHEC releases number of coronavirus cases in S.C. by zip code

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  Governor orders visitors from coronavirus ‘hot spots’ to self-quarantine; S.C. has 539 cases, 13 deaths

S.C. attorney general says local governments cannot issue stay-at-home orders

  Hardeeville leaders working to help first responders in case of COVID-19 exposure

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham tests positive for coronavirus

Director of DHEC on medical leave, acting director named in interim

  South Carolina state parks closing through month of April

SC Strong shirts saving jobs and supporting health care workers

A Midlands business owner has come up with a way to keep his staff working all while helping to support health care workers in the state. Koss Creative Brands in Columbia is now printing South Carolina “Strong” t-shirts during these uncertain and trying times.

  Lowcountry leaders want statewide ‘shelter at home’ order

Leaders in parts of the Lowcountry say they would like to see more direction from the state.

S.C. reports 32 new cases of COVID-19; governor not issuing statewide lockdown

State health officials on Thursday announced two additional deaths related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in South Carolina. This brings the state’s total number of deaths to nine.

WIC participants can now receive benefits without going to office, officials say

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control have announced clients will now be able to receive their Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program benefits without having to go to the WIC clinic.

  Lowcountry school providing PPE equipment; Burton Fire donating items

  Lowcountry mayors hoping for ‘stay at home’ order from governor

WATCH LIVE: Gov. McMaster holding press conference on coronavirus cases in South Carolina

Health officials investigating 82 new cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina; more than 8k expected by May

McMaster requests all S.C. visitors to self-quarantine for two weeks if staying two or more nights

Jack West, son of late S.C. governor John West, dies after contracting coronavirus

  Lowe’s makes donation to Hilton Head Hospital

A lot of people, like those in the medical field, are still going into hospitals every day.

More than 8,000 cases of COVID-19 in SC by May, according to state health officials

State health officials have projected that there will be more than 8,000 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina by May.

FACT OR FICTION: Can mosquitoes spread COVID-19?

Warm weather in the Lowcountry goes hand-in-hand with mosquitoes. The pesky insects are known for transmitting disease such as Zika and West Nile Virus.

Bluffton provides fun isolation activity for kids

Bluffton has produced coloring sheets for kids and will pick their favorites to feature on the town’s Facebook page.

Health officials announce two more coronavirus related deaths in South Carolina

Health officials announced Tuesday night that there were two more additional deaths related to the coronavirus.

Isle of Palms considering prohibiting check-ins for short term rentals, hotels

Leaders on the Isle of Palms will be considering a number of measures on Wednesday including prohibiting check-ins for short term rentals and hotels.

Teachers adjusting workflow for online learning

We are officially in the second week of students experiencing education in a totally different way.

  Beaufort Co. law enforcement implementing Governor’s orders

South Carolina is prohibiting groups of three or more.

  Beaufort Co. businesses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Beaufort County businesses are being impacted by COVID-19.

South Carolina schools to remain closed through April

On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Henry McMaster and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced the state’s schools will remain closed for the duration of the month of April.

1 arrested in connection to Hampton Co. shooting

A woman from Varnville has been arrested in connection to a shooting that happened earlier this March.

Health officials investigating 103 new cases of coronavirus in South Carolina

DHEC officials also reported two more coronavirus related deaths in South Carolina. This brings the state’s total number of deaths to five.

President Trump pushes back REAL ID deadline due to coronavirus

South Carolina residents who don’t have a REAL ID have a little more time to get it.

  No-visitors policy in place at Beaufort Memorial, Coastal Carolina

Beaufort Memorial and Coastal Carolina implemented a new, no-visitors policy.

South Carolina state parks to close temporarily this week

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism announced on Monday it will close state parks temporarily this week.

  A warning about what you flush down your toilet

If you are running low on toilet paper and haven’t been able to find any, you might be using other paper products like wipes or paper towels. But the Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority is asking if it comes to that, throw them out and do not flush them down your toilet.

McMaster to hold news briefing on S.C. COVID-19 cases Monday

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will provide an update on COVID-19 and the state’s response in a news briefing late Monday afternoon.

State health officials report two more coronavirus related deaths in SC

State health officials have reported two more coronavirus related deaths in South Carolina.

SC State University announces mandatory evacuation after increase in COVID-19 cases

South Carolina State University leaders have announced a mandatory evacuation of residence halls Sunday night. The deadline for students to move out is March 29 at 6 p.m. A post on the university’s Facebook page said three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orangeburg County have heightened the threat.

Coroner identifies victim in Saturday night plane crash on Johns Island

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the 64-year-old man killed in a plane crash Saturday night on Johns Island.

Lowcountry churches offer drive-in service during coronavirus pandemic

With the Center for Disease Control and area leaders asking the public to practice safe social distance from others, churches are offering drive-in services to keep spirits high.

Former Gamecock details ordeal to get home from overseas

Eleven days ago, President Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office to outline a plan to combat the Coronavirus. One measure centered on restricting travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days.

Hilton Head Regional expands visitation restrictions

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare is expanding visitation restrictions to protect against the coronavirus.

DHEC receives National Strategic Stockpile supplies for COVID-19 response

South Carolina has received full allocation of medical equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile to help provide supplies for health care providers responding to COVID-19.

It may take more than a week to get COVID-19 test results in S.C.; commercial labs hope to help

More than 1,400 people have been tested for coronavirus in South Carolina, according to DHEC.

  Hilton Head Island Town Council calls emergency meeting

The town council on Hilton Head Island called an emergency meeting on Saturday to vote on three emergency ordinances.

Good Samaritans buy groceries for S.C. woman during tough times

Ashley Lee walked out of the grocery store with all of her groceries paid for by complete strangers.

DHEC: 46 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in S.C.; total now 173

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has announced 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society receives digital donation

Social distancing didn’t stop a donation to a group that supports families in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

Gov. McMaster issues order to extend state’s income tax deadline

Governor Henry McMaster took additional actions Saturday to enhance the state’s response to COVID-19’s impact to South Carolina.

FACT OR FICTION: Will hot weather kill COVID-19?

Many in the Lowcountry are enjoying the warmer weather this week and having a better appreciation for the outdoors.

South Carolina Democratic Party updates county party conventions in response to coronavirus pandemic

The South Carolina Democratic Party released new information regarding scheduling updates on county conventions in response to COVID-19.

New York liquor stores deemed essential” under Cuomo’s statewide order

Beverage manufacturing, including alcoholic beverages, is also considered an essential operation, and is included under the state’s list of exemptions, according to the SLA.

Health officials investigating 45 new cases of coronavirus in SC; beach restrictions announced

State health officials announced on Friday that they are investigating 45 new cases of coronavirus in South Carolina.

  School bus driver giving out meals to Hampton Co. students

Hampton County, like many counties in the nation, is providing lunches for students.

  Crime in Jasper Co. continues during coronavirus pandemic

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office has been responding to the coronavirus along with every other organization in the county, but that doesn’t mean their other duties have stopped.

Temporary library cards available for Beaufort Co. residents to access digital resources

The Beaufort County Library System is offering a 30-day temporary card to all county residents so they can utilize digital resources available through the library system.

  Hilton Head Island public beaches to close for 60 days

Hilton Head Island public beaches will be closed starting Saturday, March 21 due to concern over the spread of COVID-19.

Marine stationed in Beaufort tests positive for COVID-19

A U.S. Marine stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort tested positive for COVID-19.

  S.C. governor asks colleges to complete semester online as 21 more COVID-19 cases reported

DHEC announced 21 new cases Thursday across 17 counties.

Governor requests South Carolinians to use common sense, not to hoard supplies

“Ladies and gentlemen, please don’t hoard supplies,” Gov. Henry McMaster said during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

  Lowcountry DHEC Director talks about local COVID-19 cases

Beaufort County was one of the first counties in South Carolina to start testing residents for coronavirus. But according to DHEC, those numbers are still growing every day.

  BCSO gives update on COVID-19

Beaufort County now has seven confirmed coronavirus cases.

Governor signs S.C. emergency funding bill to fight coronavirus

The bill allocates $45 million to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

60 cases of COVID-19 now reported in South Carolina

Health officials reported 13 new COVID-19 cases in South Carolina on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 60.

  Coronavirus cases in S.C. continue to rise: 60 cases reported in 14 counties

The new cases include three people in Richland County and one additional case in Lexington County.

Man charged with murder in fatal shooting on Captain Bill Rd. in Ridgeland

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a man for murder after a shooting Wednesday night on Captain Bill Road.

  Hilton Head Boys & Girls Club forced to layoff workers during coronavirus closure

Under normal circumstances, you could fill up 21 of these 16-passenger vans full of kids and bring them all to the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head. But right now, the club is empty, and the director says they don’t know what’s going to happen when they do reopen.

New cases of coronavirus in SC involves a case in Charleston County, 2 in Beaufort Co.

State health officials have announced 13 additional cases of coronavirus in South Carolina.

  Hilton Head Island restaurant braces for coronavirus impacts

Popular tourism destinations in the Lowcountry are learning how to deal with their new reality as restaurants in South Carolina operate under the governor’s orders to close dining rooms.

South Carolina’s unemployment agency experiencing ‘unprecedented levels’ of calls

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce said it is working as quickly as possible to help those seeking unemployment benefits as many businesses close during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hargray expands internet access for students in Beaufort County

Beaufort County Schools announced a new partnership with Hargray to make sure all of their students have access to online classes.

Gov. Henry McMaster orders restaurants to stop dine-in services beginning Wednesday

Governor Henry McMaster has ordered all restaurants in South Carolina to stop dine-in services beginning Wednesday.

Fort Mill, S.C. middle schoolers give bus drivers $750 surprise tip

Gold Hill Middle School choir and band students were riding back from a trip to Disney World last week when they learned it would likely be the last job for their charter bus drivers Ron and Rick for a while.

PGA Tour canceling more events, including the RBC Heritage

he PGA Tour has decided to cancel more upcoming events, including the RBC Heritage held in Hilton Head.

Palmetto Animal League prepares to operate at critical capacity

While a lot of us are spending more time with family, one animal rescue in the Lowcountry is asking that our furry friends are not forgotten.

Overnight shooting under investigation in Jasper County

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says three suspects have been arrested in connection to an overnight shooting on Grahamville Road in Ridgeland.

DHEC reports first COVID-19 death in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting the first COVID-19 related death in the state.