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Aiken County has extended the closure of its facilities to the public though April 17 because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release from County Administrator Clay Killian issued Monday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Siding with public health experts' dire projections, President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to extend restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April, while bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people.

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The top infectious-disease expert in the United States is warning that smaller U.S. cities are about to witness the rapid acceleration in coronavirus cases that New York is seeing.

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COLUMBIA — The filing period for South Carolina’s 2020 primaries and November general election closed Monday, although the coronavirus outbreak has left in flux how exactly the elections will be carried out.

As an essential service, the Aiken Standard will continue to gather and deliver news and information to Aiken County during this unprecedented time. Being an effective communications company is top priority and the leadership is committed to balancing the demands of its core function while s…

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Aiken County now has nine confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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CAMDEN — As the coronavirus has caused massive changes to life in South Carolina, one thing is proceeding as scheduled – the deadline for political candidates to be on the ballot for the 2020 primaries and November election.

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WARRENVILLE — Kindergarten teacher Latoya McGriff was ahead of the curve with using the internet to reach her students and their parents. Aiken County public schools are closed and have transitioned to distance learning. McGriff, a teacher at Warrenville Elementary School, has been using Fac…

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Listed below are the presidential candidates' platforms and proposals as they relate to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. It is by no means an exhaustive list and is largely sourced from the candidates' respective websites and other prepared information.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third installment in a monthly series examining the issues facing the country in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the hot-button topics at hand and where local voters stand.

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Aiken County Public Schools has provided more than 100,000 meals to school children across Aiken County in almost two weeks.

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Social distancing is the current norm but may make a birthday party difficult to hold. Six-year-old Kate Grande still celebrated her birthday with plenty of friends and family on Saturday, drive-by style.

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Dr. Bhagyashree Shastri, an infectious diseases specialist with Internal Medicine Associates of Aiken, who also treats patients at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, answers some common questions on COVID-19. 

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NORFOLK, Va. — President Donald Trump said he was considering a quarantine as early as Saturday for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, though it wasn't clear whether he had the power to order state residents to stay put.

As an essential service, the Aiken Standard will continue to gather and deliver news and information to Aiken County during this unprecedented time. Being an effective communications company is top priority and the leadership is committed to balancing the demands of its core function while s…

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South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control announced Saturday one new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Aiken County, bringing the total for the county to seven.

At about this time every four years, we tell ourselves that the coming election is the most important in our lifetime. This year it’s true.

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COLUMBIA — Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday ordered visitors traveling to South Carolina from several “hot spot” areas to immediately self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, the latest in a series of steps seeking to stem the new coronavirus outbreak.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening c…

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

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