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Some local governments have assured firefighters and other first responders that they’ll be paid for time off if they contract COVID-19, but they or their families might not receive workers' compensation payments in the most serious cases. The state and Congress should consider ways to help them through this crisis.

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Unlike the Very Stable Genius, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg doesn’t make decisions with his gut, but with data, and the coronavirus data was scary enough to convince him there was more risk in leaving the city open for business than shutting it down.


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RIO DE JANEIRO — Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader, calling the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it …

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President Donald Trump said he was considering a quarantine as early as Saturday for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, though it wasn't clear whether he had the power to order state residents to stay put.

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The green grass of baseball and lacrosse fields across South Carolina sit emptier than its beaches and restaurants. For fans, that hurts. For athletes, it downright stings. And none more so than high school and college seniors who'd barely started their spring sports seasons.

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Home showings plunged by double digits across the U.S. and South Carolina in early March because of the coronavirus crisis. The decline followed strong gains in February as low interest rates continued to attract homebuyers. Charleston's numbers for March have not been released, but they are expected to be down as well as people stay home and businesses remain shuttered to stop the spread of the disease.

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With orders to stay home, many have not been able to see their counselors in person as usual. So public and private insurers have had to pivot and cover more virtual health care as a result, a move many across the industry have been resisting for years. The state's Medicaid program has not followed suit, counselors say.

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After S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson's office said on Friday that only the governor could order residents to stay at home, some Lowcountry cities are lifting coronavirus restrictions. Other local officials, meanwhile, continue to stand in opposition to the state. 

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There is no question that the massive economic relief bill that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday is much needed. The COVID-19 crisis suddenly forced many people out of their jobs, closed thousands of businesses and strained the limits of the nation’s medical community. Millions …

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Charleston — more than perhaps any other part of South Carolina — had a strong justification for a citywide lock-down to fight off the coronavirus pandemic: Sitting in the middle of the jammed-up population of three of the state’s four largest cities, with the nerve center of the state’s med…

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The lingering presence of a Carnival cruise ship sidelined in Charleston during the coronavirus crisis has drawn concerns from environmentalists and city residents. 

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Congress approved an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package that will provide one-time checks for most Americans and significant enhancements to unemployment benefits. 

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President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

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The Post and Courier is partnering with local music and theater professionals to present a video series that connects Charleston artists with audiences.

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"While I otherwise feel fine, since March 17th I have been unable to smell or taste, which I learned this week is a potential symptom of COVID-19," Cunningham, a Democrat, said in a statement Friday.

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More than 2.3 million people had jobs in South Carolina last month, and the state recorded an increase in more than 43,000 positions compared to the year before, according to survey data released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce on Friday. 

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Gene Sapakoff: Social media is peppered with substitute NCAA Tournament brackets (from the 68 best sports movies to the best Taylor Swift songs) as college basketball fans and everyone else who misses the office pool endure the coronavirus. Here is a bracket of the top bracket ideas ...

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What we learned from a disturbing report in Tuesday’s Post and Courier is that South Carolina public health officials knew they needed a plan for a pandemic like COVID-19, but the urgency of such planning has been downplayed at both the state and national level. That must change.

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The first day of semi-home confinement in Charleston didn't look too different from the day before: joggers stomped the Battery sea wall, shoppers crammed grocery and hardware stores, and construction workers went about their business, circular saws buzzing. 

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