South Carolina’s governor is among the weakest in the nation. But declare a state of emergency, and his powers become the stuff of despots’ dreams.
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.
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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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.
The quiet Kershaw County remains South Carolina’s coronavirus hotspot, where close to one out of every 928 people have contracted the virus, according to state public health data.
A 1994 state law that sets time limits for local governments considering planning and zoning changes has put them between a rock and a hard place, since it's not safe to hold public meetings in person and few seem comfortable with remote alternatives.
Two more South Carolinians have died after contracting coronavirus, bringing the state to 15 fatalities and 660 total cases in 40 counties.
Instead of summiting Everest on May 17, as she planned to do, Cokie Berenyi will walk an equivalent 25 miles in Charleston on that day to raise awareness and money for the Hollings Cancer Center.
Folly Beach residents protested the reopening of the island to visitors Saturday amid the coronavirus outbreak.
As communities attempt to decipher whether the coronavirus is God's way of punishing humankind for its wrongdoings, religious leaders caution against drawing correlations between human sin and undesirable conditions.
Approximately 77 percent of households do spring cleaning and take on home projects each year. In the time of the coronavirus pandemic, where quarantining and working remotely is becoming the norm, more Charleston area homeowners are tackling their to-do lists.
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.
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.
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.
An earlier spring in the Charleston area has also provoked an earlier allergy season, but there's no clear sign yet that spring hayfever is getting worse as climate change progresses.
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.
I got an email from my priest late Thursday night worried about the stay-at-home ordinance the Columbia City Council had adopted a few hours earlier in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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 …
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…
The Gamecocks are working out on their own and trying to stay on their regimented spring practice plans during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Almost $2 billion will likely go to South Carolina from the latest federal package, designed to boost state efforts to combat the novel coronavirus.
Charleston's peninsula, where hotels rely heavily on leisure travelers, has seen the sharpest drop in occupancy, based on the most recent data.
The lingering presence of a Carnival cruise ship sidelined in Charleston during the coronavirus crisis has drawn concerns from environmentalists and city residents.
Grocery stores have set aside a special hour for seniors, but that sometimes has created the last thing that many want: a crowd.
As the Charleston area hits an acceleration phase in identifying the number of positive coronavirus cases, Mayor John Tecklenburg on Friday called for Charlestonians to help flatten the curve this weekend by practicing safe social distancing.
Former College of Charleston basketball player Jeremy Simmons was playing pro ball in Italy when play was suspended because of the coronavirus.
While social distancing has been recommended by nearly every national public health agency, images posted to Facebook and Twitter from some South Carolina military bases show little acknowledgement of personal space.
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.
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.
The Post and Courier is partnering with local music and theater professionals to present a video series that connects Charleston artists with audiences.
"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.
JoAnn Stokes-Smith's two sons, one of them a doctor, couldn't be with her once the 87-year-old had been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
State parks in South Carolina will be closing their gates Saturday amid the international coronavirus pandemic. Congaree National Park also has closed its main entrance.
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.
Mount Pleasant Town Council voted down a resolution calling on Gov. Henry McMaster to impose a statewide stay-at-home order Friday.
State Attorney General Alan Wilson's office issued an opinion Friday that asserts that only the governor, not cities or counties, can order citizens to stay at home during an emergency.
Real estate is now classified as an essential service, allowing agents to continue working during the city of Charleston's stay-at-home order.
Like a pair of headphone splitters, the Y-shaped device connects to ventilators and allows air to flow in multiple directions to multiple recipients.
Citadel graduate Brian Smith, head football coach at C.E. Murray High School, is helping deliver meals to students during the coronavirus shutdown of state schools.
In Mount Pleasant, 15 residents of the 29464 area, where St. Andrew's Church has reported three priests tested positive for the virus, make it the most affected portion of the county.
The director of South Carolina's public health agency has taken a leave of absence to get control of his blood pressure as the state deals with a worldwide health crisis.
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Leaders in the state's largest industry are asking Gov. Henry McMaster to issue an order to quarantining visitors, a move that will surely hurt the revival of the nearly $24 billion business after the COVID-19 scare ends.
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.
With Charleston now under a stay-home order for at least two weeks, police want and need the public’s help to weather the COVID-19 crisis. Let’s give it to them.
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.