Coronavirus Live & Local Updates

Friday, March 27, 2020

SC REAL ID deadline moved to 2021 due to coronavirus.  The deadline to get a South Carolina REAL ID has been moved to October, 2021.  (WLTX)

South Carolina Attorney General, Alan Wilson, says local governments don’t have the authority to issue their own stay-at-home orders.  (WLTX)

Gov. McMaster has issued a mandatory quarantine for anyone coming into the state from a COVID-19 hotspot.

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Myrtle Beach says visitors must leave by Sunday.  Additionally, all short-term accommodations -hotel, motel, AirBnBs, have been ordered to not accept any new reservations beginning Saturday, March 28, and continuing through April 30, 2020.  (WLTX)

Columbia approves stay-at-home order for all residents.  Council approved the measure Thursday afternoon on a remote meeting. The ordinance goes into effect this Sunday, March 29, at 12:01 a.m. It’s set to expire in 14 days.  (WLTX)

Richland County offices are closed to the public until further notice as the community deals with the global outbreak of COVID-19, or coronavirus, but many County services remain accessible.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Prisma Health device to help extend ventilators.  The new device allows a single ventilator to support up to four patients during times of acute equipment shortages such as the current COVID-19 pandemic (WLTX)

Columbia to consider stay-at-home order for all residents.  Columbia City Council will consider a stay-at-home order for all residents when it meets Thursday. (WLTX)

University of South Carolina announces tentative date for graduation.  The university has now set tentative graduation dates of August 7 and August 8, according to Jeff Stensland, chief communications officer for USC.

DHEC: 424 coronavirus cases statewide, projects 8,000 cases by May.  The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said it is now investigating 82 additional cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. This brings the total number statewide to 424 cases in 39 counties.  And for they first time, they project into the future, saying there could be 8,000 cases by May. (WLTX)

Long’s Drugs shuts down, CVS takes over.  This isn’t directly tied to the coronavirus, but as people look to essential services such as pharmacies, this is important to pass along.  Long’s Drugs has shut down nearly all Midlands locations. The company explained that customers prescriptions will now be handled by CVS.

Riverbanks Zoo closed through April.  The zoo said in a statement it is following guidelines from state and federal leaders to encourage social distancing and help slow the spread of coronavirus in the community.

South Carolina state income taxes now due on July 15, 2020.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

All of South Carolina’s public schools will be shut down through the end of April, Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said Tuesday. (WLTX)

City of Charleston orders shelter at home for 14 days.


Monday, March 23, 2020

With an executive order issued Monday, McMaster directed law enforcement across the state to disperse gatherings of three or more people in public.  Officers can use the order as they see fit, after determining if the gathering threatens public health, the governor said.  This does not affect people in law-abiding businesses, McMaster said. It also doesn’t affect families who may be on outings.

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) have received notice that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the agency’s assessment and accountability suspension waiver that was submitted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For spring 2020, South Carolina will not administer any of the following assessment programs:

  • SC READY (English language arts and mathematics in grades 3–8);
  • SCPASS (science in grades 4 and 6);
  • End-of-Course Examination Program (English, Algebra, Biology, United States History and the Constitution) the requirement that these examinations count 20 percent has been waived;
  • Prekindergarten assessments; and
  • Alternate Assessments

Mission Lexington has an open food pantry and donation center. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 10am-1pm.  If you are in need of food, they ask that you drive to the back of their building and remain in your car, where you will be greeted by a staff member who will assist you. They are only distributing pre-packed food and they will need to see your drivers license for service.  Click here for more information.


Friday, March 20, 2020

The COMET started operating on a Saturday schedule. The COMET will remain operational for essential travel and riders are asked to observe social distancing practices. These changes will be in effect through April 10th, with periodic reevaluation as more information becomes available.  Essential travel is considered going out for necessary services or supplies, travel for medical reasons and to care for the elderly, minors and people with disabilities. It also includes travel to work for those individuals providing support services in critical need areas or providing other necessary functions.
University of South Carolina postpones May commencement ceremonies.  May commencement ceremonies on all USC campuses have been postponed due to the coronavirus, according to the University of South Carolina.  The university also announced they’re extending remote learning for students through the remainder of the Spring semester.

Lexington Medical Center restricts visitors, takes precautions.  Beginning 9 a.m. on Friday, visitors are no longer allowed in Lexington Medical Center facilities.  In addition, effective Monday, March 23, Lexington Medical Center’s ambulatory surgery centers at Lexington Medical Center Lexington and Lexington Medical Center Irmo will be closed. The Urgent Cares at those locations will remain open.  (WLTX)

Chapin issues state of emergency.  The Mayor of Chapin has issued a State of Emergency Proclamation. For more information on COVID-19 and the Town of Chapin, click here.

Drive thru testing available in Sumter.  Prisma Health has added a drive-through coronavirus testing site in Sumter.  The tests will be performed at the hospital’s Calhoun Street/Day Surgery entrance, address, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Emergency senior nutrition meal distribution and program information. Senior Resources has our emergency plan in place to cover all normal clients currently enrolled in our Meals on Wheels program, and we are now implementing an emergency senior nutrition program to cover all senior citizens in Richland County during the COVID-19 crisis.  Effective Monday, March 23, Senior Resources will be providing any senior citizen in Richland County five free meals per week, at a first come, first serve basis, at four locations throughout the county.  Drive thru service will be offered for meal pick-up from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Find out more info by clicking here.


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