South Carolina third-grade teacher dies of COVID-19. A 28-year-old third-grade teacher has died from COVID-19 less than two weeks after last being in the classroom, Richland 2 School District announced Wednesday. Demetria “Demi” Bannister was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday and died on Monday. Source: AP

Trump talked about playing down coronavirus severity in February. In interviews with journalist Bob Woodward, President Donald Trump was recorded saying that he “always wanted to play [the coronavirus’ danger] down.” The pandemic has killed 190,000 Americans. Source: AP

S.C. Senate to debate one-time bonus for essential state employees. South Carolina Senators will debate a proposed budget that includes a $1,000 bonus for 14,000 state employees deemed essential and had to continue to report in-person during the coronavirus and make $50,000 or less. Source: The State

The Citadel’s board chairman resigned abruptly. The Citadel’s board chairman, Fred Price Jr., abruptly resigned when testifying before lawmakers. Price was reportedly under pressure from state Senator Stephen Goldfinch, who opposed the school’s new anti-hazing policy. Source: P&C