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On March 13, 2020, Governor Henry McMaster declared a State of Emergency based on a determination that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an actual or imminent public health emergency for the State of South Carolina. Due to economic conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the So…

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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, grocery stores are taking considerable action by designating specific times for seniors to shop. Below is a list of senior store hours for grocery stores in Fairfield, Richland, Orangeburg, Calhoun, and Lexington counties:

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On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Governor Henry McMaster signed an Executive Order closing businesses across the state that require close contact, effective April 1, 2020 afternoon. He went on to say that 73% of State Employees are working from home.

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The state of South Carolina is currently looking at a total of 1,083 positive coronavirus cases and 22 unfortunate deaths of those individuals with the COVID-19 infection. To combat this virus, a number of hospitals throughout the state are creating drive-thru specimen collection sites. Prio…

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In monitoring COVID-19, The COMET is striving to exhaust all measures to keep passengers safe. Understanding the potential challenges that the community may face in the coming weeks, we would like to continue to encourage all riders to limit travel to only essential locations. It should be n…

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On Thursday afternoon, the City of Columbia passed an emergency ordinance requiring all non-essential people to stay home.  The ordinance was designed to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Gov. Henry McMaster has issued an executive order directing all South Carolina law enforcement officials to prohibit or disperse any congregation or gatherings of people in groups of three or more if authorities believe it poses a threat to public health.

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As of Saturday, April 4, 2020, according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) shows South Carolina with 1917 Total Positive Cases spanning across all 46 counties.  There are 6211 negative (Public Health Laboratory only) tests results.   The highest three …

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The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) announced that transit in the Midlands will operate on a Saturday schedule. The COMET will remain operational for essential travel and riders are asked to observe social distancing practices. Essential travel includes going out for …

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I am in the 4th quarter of my life, like some of you. As a result, I have witnessed a lot of things in my life. Having a man on the moon, the Civil Rights Movement, 9\11 and electing our first African American president are just a few of the milestones.

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On March 12, the New York Federal Reserve announced a $1.5 trillion injection of money into the US financial system. Three days later, it cut its benchmark interest rate to zero and announced it would be buying at least $500 billion in government bonds and another $200 billion in mortgage se…

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As a precaution to safeguard its patients and team members against potential COVID-19 exposure, Prisma Health is adding additional visitor restrictions, including screening questions, for all visitors entering hospitals. The change will roll out Monday, March 16, at all Prisma Health hospita…

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We are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and staying informed with the most up-to-date information from the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and South Carolina Department of Health. We want to assure you that we are taking it seriously and understa…

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Columbia City Council has confirmed Mayor Steve Benjamin’s State of Emergency declaration of a city-wide curfew (Ordinance #2020-031) that will go into effect on Wednesday, March 18. In the interest of public safety, the curfew restricts travel and public gatherings from 11:00 p.m. until 6:0…

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Out of concern for the safety of the riding and general public, The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) has taken additional measures to prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from affecting our passengers, drivers, employees and assets. The COMET is coordinating info…

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Our Emergency Preparedness Team is closely monitoring national and international developments concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With the safety of our campus community in mind, we have decided to extend Spring Break (for students only) through Sunday, March 22. The residence halls…