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A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic.

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A young child from the Midlands was infected with the coronavirus and has died, authorities learned Saturday, marking the first pediatric COVID-19 death in the state.

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While the suit does not put a dollar amount on the damages Mackie is seeking, Mullaney is asking for a jury trial.

With COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in South Carolina reaching new highs nearly every day, a lot of people are getting cold feet about even the most careful plans for sending kids back to school next month. That makes the latest “advice” from the American Academy of Pediatrics particularly timely: “All policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”

As SC school leaders questioned the safety of sending students back to in-person classes next month, a Columbia pediatrician told senators this week that the social isolation of COVID-19 has left her patients with nothing to live for.

Gloria King walks down a long sidewalk to get to work, often stopping to admire the lush flower garden along the walkway. The moment of serendipity ends at a mechanical door that opens into a world of concrete and steel, a world too often ignored by policymakers and the public until somethin…

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Guests of Wild Dunes Resort typically have their pick of half a dozen food-and-beverage outlets when they get hungry. But now their only choice on the 1,600-acre property is a food truck.

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Health care workers gathered outside of the Medical University of South Carolina on Friday morning to sound the alarm on a continued spike in coronavirus cases around the state.

Note: Known cases refers to the total number of positive test results. That means the number of known cases does not go down when a person either recovers or dies.

Sources: National data provided by The COVID Tracking Project using data collected from various national public health authorities. SC-specific data is based on The Post and Courier's reporting, drawn mostly from DHEC reports.

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The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

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The state's precipitous rise in cases is concentrated along its coast. Charleston has been topping the state's daily totals since the third week of June, with 325 new cases reported in the county on Thursday. Dr. David Cole, president of MUSC Health, said the city's tourist economy and welcoming nature have contributed to a resurgence in the disease.

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A growing chorus of public health experts is urging federal, state and local officials to reconsider how they are reopening the broader economy, and to prioritize K-12 schools — an effort that will likely require closing some other establishments to help curb the virus spread and give children the best shot at returning to classrooms.

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