Beginning on Mar. 6, 2020, with the first reported cases of COVID-19 in Kershaw and Charleston Counties, the coronavirus has spread across South Carolina. Here’s a look at the reported cases by day and county as reported by SC DHEC. BY KEVIN KEISTERCOLUMBIA, SC

Residents of South Carolina’s capital city are being asked to stay home as much as possible to avoid spreading the coronavirus, under a plan released to the public on Thursday.

Columbia City Council approved a shelter-in-place ordinance on Thursday that requires city residents to stay in doors unless absolutely necessary.

The ordinance goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. It requires residents to stay at home and avoid public streets, sidewalks and other public places, as well as businesses, unless they are conducting an “essential service.”

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