What to know today: Gov. Henry McMaster has demanded South Carolina stop participating in all pandemic-related federal unemployment programs, including $300 weekly payments that aren’t set to expire for several months, due to worker shortages across the state.
Extra payments, jobless benefit programs and extended timelines to receive the aid have substituted for income for millions of unemployed Americans during the pandemic, but McMaster is arguing that these benefits are leading to a lack of applicants for open work positions, specifically those in the hospitality industry. Source: The State
Latest COVID-19 data
South Carolina health officials reported 451 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, with 2 confirmed deaths.
With 15,661 tests reported Friday, 4.0% were positive.
Confirmed cases in S.C.: 484,922 (+451)
Total positive cases in Charleston County: 43,035 (+39)
Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 17,482 (+19)
Total positive cases in Dorchester County: 17,746 (+27)
Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 8,419 (+4)