South Carolina reported 510 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 14 new deaths today.  

Here's the latest on the pandemic in South Carolina.

CCU baseball pauses activities due to COVID-19 protocols

3:30 p.m. — The Coastal Carolina baseball team has paused all activities, including games and practices, for seven days due to COVID-19 protocols in the Chanticleers program on April 1. Read more.


SC reaches milestone of more than 2 million COVID-19 vaccines given

2:15 p.m. — More than 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in South Carolina. The state reached the milestone this week as all residents age 16 and older became eligible for the shot. Read more.


COVID-19 vaccinations underway for people held in SC jails and prisons

1 p.m. — As most South Carolina residents become eligible, coronavirus vaccinations for one of the state’s most vulnerable populations are starting to ramp up.

People incarcerated in South Carolina’s prisons and jails began receiving the vaccine in March and, with eligibility and vaccine allocations expanding, administrators are gearing up to fully vaccinate their populations. Read more.


Goose Creek launches loan program to help small business during pandemic

1 p.m. — New small business loans aimed at combating the financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic found their first recipients this week.

The Turning Page Bookshop and Acute Heating & Cooling were the first small business owners to take advantage of “Kickstart the Creek,” a loan program and partnership between the city of Goose Creek and Charleston LDC that will serve as a direct line of help for businesses affected by the pandemic. Read more.


Company producing J&J vaccine had history of violations

Emergent BioSolutions, a little-known company vital to the vaccine supply chain, was a key to Johnson & Johnson's plan to deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine to the United States by the end of May. But the Food and Drug Administration repeatedly has cited Emergent for problems such as poorly trained employees, cracked vials and problems managing mold and other contamination around one of its facilities, according to records obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. The records cover inspections at Emergent facilities since 2017.

12:25 p.m. — The company at the center of quality problems that led Johnson & Johnson to discard 15 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine has a string of citations from U.S. health officials for quality-control problems. Read more.


Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

Wednesday, 8:12 p.m. — A batch of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine failed quality standards and can’t be used, the drug giant said Wednesday. The drugmaker didn’t say how many doses were lost, and it wasn’t clear how the problem would impact future deliveries.

A vaccine ingredient made by Emergent BioSolutions — one of about 10 companies that Johnson & Johnson is using to speed up manufacturing of its recently approved vaccine — did not meet quality standards, J&J said. Read more.