South Carolina reported 358 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and zero new deaths April 6.

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

Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

4:47 p.m. — Nearly half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states — a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing how it distributes vaccines by sending more doses to hot spots. Read more.


Dorchester County to receive $31 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds

3 p.m. — In the coming weeks, Dorchester County will have half of its $31 million allocation of federal stimulus funds at its disposal for COVID-19 recovery.

The money is part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the coronavirus relief package enacted when President Joe Biden signed the congressional bill March 11.

During an April 5 County Council meeting, Daniel Prentice, the county’s administrator and CFO, touched on some of the possibilities the funding could cover.

The uses range from putting on vaccine clinics to supporting local tourism, nonprofits or hospitality entities that suffered as a result of the pandemic. Read more.


Exhausted Charleston area restaurant workers bear the brunt of hospitality staffing crisis

2 p.m. — An epic staffing shortage has unnerved Charleston area restaurant owners who fear the inability to meet customers’ expectations will jeopardize businesses they kept afloat throughout the pandemic. Read more.


Smith Medical Clinic offering rides, COVID-19 vaccinations in Georgetown County

1:30 p.m. — As of April 5, the medical center is offering free vaccinations, as well as transportation to appointments Monday through Thursday. Read more. 


ACLU files lawsuit over McMaster's return-to-work order for SC public employees

1:15 p.m. — The American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina has filed a lawsuit over an executive order by Gov. Henry McMaster requiring state employees working remotely to return to their workplaces. Read more.


Columbia Fireflies will allow up to 5,000 fans at baseball games to start season

1 p.m. — The Columbia Fireflies will begin the 2021 season at 50 percent of normal seating capacity with up to 5,000 fans to be allowed at with up to 5,000 fans to be allowed at Segra Park, the team announced today. Read more.


SC to receive $47M from CDC to boost COVID vaccine uptake, especially among minorities

9 a.m. — South Carolina will receive more than $47 million from the federal government to boost COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state, with most of the funds directed toward minority communities.

At least 75 percent of the money must be spent on initiatives increasing vaccine access among racial and ethnic minorities. Read more.


Photo essay: A year after COVID-19 lockdown in Charleston

While "normal" is still some time away, restrictions have been eased, restaurants have reopened, events have started again and vaccinations have been rolled out. As such, our visuals team revisited some of the scenes for a comparison to where our community was last year.

9 a.m. — While “normal” is still some time away, restrictions have been eased, restaurants have reopened, events have started again and vaccinations have been rolled out. As such, the staff revisited some of the scenes for a visual comparison to where our community was last year. Read more.


Conway ends COVID-19-related mask mandate as of April 6; mayor in opposition

Monday, 5:30 p.m. — The city of Conway’s mask mandate and state of emergency will end at 9 a.m. on April 6. Conway’s City Council voted to end both during their council meeting on April 5. Read more.