ON THE CORONAVIRUS FRONT THIS MORNING… GEORGIA’S NOW REPORTING NEARLY 44- THOUSAND CASES… ABOUT 850 MORE CASES THAN LAST WEDNESDAY… SOUTH CAROLINA HAS ABOUT TEN- THOUSAND-400 CASES THIS MORNING… NEARLY 950 MORE THAN THIS TIME LAST WEEK… FROM CAPITOL HILL TO THE HOSTESS CITY—- A U-S SENATOR STOPPED BY TO OFFER HELP AND A CALL TO ACTION FOR THE ECONOMY. PLUS, THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS A TEST USED FOR RESEARCH CAN BE INCREDIBLY INACCURATE. IT’S 6 O’CLOCK ON YOUR óóóóó MORNING. HERE’S YOUR CERTIFIED MOST ACCURATE FORECAST WITH METEOROLOGIST JONATHAN MYERS NOW, HERE’S YOUR STORM TRACKER RADAR… TODAY A CHANCE OF SHOWERS, WITH THUNDERSTORMS ALSO POSSIBLE AFTER 9AM. CLOUDY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 84. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 9 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION IS 50%. NEW RAINFALL AMOUNTS BETWEEN A TENTH AND QUARTER OF AN INCH, EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. WEDNESDAY NIGHT A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, MAINLY BEFORE 10PM. MOSTLY CLOUDY, WITH A LOW AROUND 72 NOW, HERE’S YOUR STORM TRACKER RADAR… TODAY A CHANCE OF SHOWERS, WITH THUNDERSTORMS ALSO POSSIBLE AFTER 9AM. CLOUDY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 84. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 9 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION IS 50%. NEW RAINFALL AMOUNTS BETWEEN A TENTH AND QUARTER OF AN INCH, EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. WEDNESDAY NIGHT A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, MAINLY BEFORE 10PM. MOSTLY NOW, HERE’S YOUR STORM TRACKER RADAR… TODAY A CHANCE OF SHOWERS, WITH THUNDERSTORMS ALSO POSSIBLE AFTER 9AM. CLOUDY, WITH A HIGH NEAR 84. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 9 MPH. SOME SAVANNAH BUSINESSES ARE ABOUT TO HAVE TO PAY UP FOR NOT FOLLOWING CITY GUIDELINES TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS FROM SPREADING… W-J-C-L’S JACKSON KURTZ SHOWS US WHICH BUSINESSES… AND WHY CITY LEADERS ARE CLAMPING DOWN. MAYOR VAN JOHNSON IS áDOUBLING DOWNá AFTER…HE SAYS HE SHADOWED SAVANNAH POLICE’S ALCOHOL BEVERAGE COMPLIANCE UNIT THIS WEEKEND…WHO WERE CHECKING IN ON BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH…AND SAYS HE WAS NOT PLEASED WITH WHAT HE SAW. TAKE VO OVER THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND… SAVANNAH POLICE SAY THEY GAVE OUT WARNINGS TO áHALF A DOZENá BUSINESSES ON BROUGHTON STREET…BAY STREET…AND CITY MARKET…ALL OF WHICH, HE SAYS, WEREN’T FOLLOWING CITY GUIDELINES. POLICE SAY áTHE SOCIAL CLUBá ON CONGRESS STREET RECEIVED TWO CITATIONS AND áB&D’S BURGERSá RECEIVED ONE…AFTER THEY BOTH WERE ALREADY WARNED ABOUT THE GUIDELINES AND STILL WEREN’T COMPLYING. WITH THE LARGE CROWDS OUT THIS WEEKEND… JOHNSON SAYS IT ALSO REVELED SOME áSERIOUS FLAWSá IN THE CITY’S ALCOHOL BEVERAGE ORDINANCE….AND IT’S SOMETHING HE WANTS TO ADDRESS IMMEDIATELY. LOWER 3RD: MAYOR VAN JOHNSON, SAVANNAH “WE NEED TO MAKE SURE, THAT OUR ORDINANCES ARE CLEAR, CONSISTENT, FAIR, AND MAKE SENSE. PLEASE RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS SIMPLY NOT WHAT VAN JOHNSON THINKS. WE HAD BUSINESSES TO ME THAT WERE CLASSED AS RESTAURANTS BUT THEY WERE NOT BEHAVING AS RESTAURANTS.” CONT.VO THE MAYOR SAYS HE PLANS TO DISCUSS HIS ALCOHOL ORDINANCE CONCERNS WITH THE CITY ATTORNEY SOON AND PROVIDE OPTIONS FOR FUTURE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS. JACKSON WE REACHED OUT TO THE OF THE BUSINESSES THAT RECEIVED CITATIONS….ONE DIDN’T WANT TO SPEAK WITH US AND WE’RE STILL WAITING TO HEAR BACK FROM THE OTHER. IN SAVANNAH… JACKSON KURTZ…WJCL 22 NEWS. GEORGIA GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP SAYS BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS CAN’T REOPEN UNTIL NEXT MONTH… JOHNSON WARNS SAVANNAHIANS… IF THEY DON’T GET SERIOUS ABOUT STOPPING CORONAVIRUS FROM SPREADING… HE’LL REQUIRE EVERYONE TO WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC. “MY PATIENCE IS BEING TRIED AND I’M CLOSE TO THE POINT OF DOING SOMETHING. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE AND AGAIN WE ARE TRYING VERY HARD TO NOT INFRINGE ON PEOPLES PERSONAL FREEDOMS BUT I THINK THE HEALTH OF THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS MORE IMPORTANT. JOHNSON SAYS SAVANNAH CITY OFFICES WON’T RE- OPEN UNTIL THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES STEADILY DROPS OVER A FOURTEEN DAY PERIOD. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GEORGIA STATE WORKERS COULD LOSE THEIR JOBS AS STATE LEADERS SCRAMBLE TO SLASH BUDGETS TO CONSERVE MONEY… THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA’S PROPOSING CUTTING MORE THAN TWO- THOUSAND COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY JOBS ACROSS THE STATE… AND GEORGIA STATE PATROL PLANS TO FURLOUGH WORKERS – – INCLUDING OFFICERS – – FOR UP TO TWO WEEKS… LATER THIS YEAR… GOVERNOR BRYAN KEMP HAS ORDERED ALL STATE DEPARTMENTS TO CUT THEIR BUDGETS BY FOURTEEN PERCENT. GEORGIA GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP WANTS ATLANTA TO HOST THIS YEAR’S REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION… HE SAID SO IN A TWEET YESTERDAY… AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP THREATENED TO PULL THE CONVENTION FROM CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA… THE PRESIDENT’S FRUSTRATED MORE BUSINESSES ARE NOT REOPENING IN CHARLOTTE… TO SUPPORT THE CONVENTION… THE CONVENTION IS SET TO KICK-OFF AUGUST 24TH – – AS OF NOW – – STILL IN CHARLOTTE. ATLANTA’S MAYOR DISAGREES WITH THE GOVERNOR’S OFFER TO BRING THE CONVENTION TO ATLANTA… SHE WORRIES AUGUST IS TOO SOON TO HOST THE LARGE R-N-C CROWD… AND SAYS CORONAVIRUS HAS ALREADY FORCED THE CITY TO CANCEL OTHER LARGE EVENTS PLANNED FOR AUGUST. GEORGIA’S JUNE NINTH PRIMARY IS FAST APPROACHING… AND SENATOR KELLY LOEFFLER’S USING HER TIME ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL TO HELP PEOPLE AFFECTED BY CONRONAVIRUS… SHE WAS IN SAVANNAH YESTERDAY… AND HELPED SECOND HARVEST OF COASTAL GEORGIA VOLUNTEERS PACK FOOD DONATIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM… LOEFFLER’S ALSO WORRIED ABOUT HOW THE VIRUS IS HURTING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. “SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN HIT EXTREMELY HARD. AND WE NEED TO SAVE JOBS. DOING THAT THROUGH SMALL BUSINESSES WHICH PROVIDE OVER HALF THE JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY IS CRITICAL. ALSO, AGRICULTURE. YOU LOOK AT FOOD SECURITY BEING AN ISSUE. IF WE DON’T TAKE CARE OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN, IF WE DON’T TAKE CARE OF OUR FARMERS, THAT COULD BECOME NATIONAL SECURITY. SO, WE’VE GOT TO FOCUS ON THOSE THREE AREAS INITIALLY”. LOEFFLER SAYS SHE LEARNED A LOT… HELPING THOSE VOLUNTEERS IN SAVANNAH… SHE NOW PLANS TO TAKE WHAT SHE LEARNED BACK TO WASHINGTON. WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT HEADS- UP TO PASS ALONG THIS MORNING ABOUT A FOOD GIVE-AWAY EVENT IN CHATHAM COUNTY TODAY… THAT EVENT IS NOW CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.. LET’S CHECK IN LIVE – RIGHT NOW – – WITH W-J-C-L’S EMMA HAMILTON – – TO FIND OUT HOW – – AND WHERE – – PEOPLE CAN STILL GET HELP. TODAYS MOBILE FOOD PANTRY PUT ON BY SECOND HARVEST OF COASTAL GEORGIA HERE AT MEMORIAL STADIUM HAD TO BE CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER. EVEN THOUGH TODAY IS CANCELED … THE ORGANIZATION WILL BE MAKING SEVERAL OTHER STOPS THROUGHOUT THIS WEEK TO FEED OUR COMMUNITY. TOMORROW … AMERICA’S SECOND HARVEST OF COASTAL GEORGIA WILL BE IN EVANS COUNTY AND THEN ON FRIDAY IN CHATHAM … BULLOCH … WAYNE AND CAMDEN COUNTIES. THE ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN VERY BUSY THESE PAST FEW MONTHS FEEDING 21 COUNTIES ACROSS COASTAL GEORGIA AND SEEING A MUCH HIGHER NEED THAN USUAL LAST YEAR … AMERICAS SECOND HARVEST OF COASTAL GEORGIA DISTRIBUTED MORE THAN 19 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD AND HAS ALREADY DISTRIBUTED A COUPLE MILLION THIS YEAR ALONE DURING THE PANDEMIC. WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN AND WHERE THE MOBILE FOOD PANTRYS WILL BE THE REST OF THIS WEEK ON OUR WEBSITE AT WJCL DOT COM. REPORTING IN SAV … EH WJCL 22 NEWS PEOPLE IN BEAUFORT COUNTY ARE ABOUT TO HAVE ANOTHER OPTION FOR GETTING TESTED FOR CORONAVIRUS… THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WILL OPEN A MOBILE TESTTING SITE AT ELEVEN O-CLOCK TOMORROW MORNING… ON PAIGE POINTE ROAD IN SEABROOK… CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN TO REGISTER FOR A TEST. THE U-S CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION SAYS ABOUT HALF OF THOSE CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TESTS — THAT SHOW IF SOMEONE’S ALREADY HAD THE VIRUS – – ARE UNRELIABLE… IT SAYS THEY GIVE WRONG RESULTS ALMOST AS OFTEN AS THEY GIVE RIGHT ONES… IT RECOMMENDS HEALTH LEADERS USE ONLY THE MOST RELIABLE TESTS… AND SAYS THEY MAY WANT TO TEST PATIENTS TWICE TO COMPARE RESULTS. A UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON STUDY PREDICTS FEWER CORONAVIRUS DEATHS BY AUGUST… THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH METRICS ADN EVALUTATION CREDITS MORE PEOPLE WEARING FACE MASKS AS ONE REASON FOR THAT PREDICTED DECREASE IN DEATHS. SOUTH CAROLINA’S COMMERCIAL SHRIMPING SEASON OPENS THIS MORNING… WJCL’S DANIEL ROBINSON – JOINS US NOW – LIVE FROM THE LOWCOUNTRY – – WHAT PREDICTIONS FOR THE SEASON… DANIEL… CHRIS – DESPITE IMPACTS TO MANY AREAS OF PEOPLE’S LIVES – DURING THE PANDEMIC – THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IS FORECASTING A NORMAL SEASON FOR SHRIMP– ACROSS THE LOWCOUNTRY. TODAY – COMMERCIAL SHRIMP TRAWLING OPENS IN ALL LEGAL SOUTH CAROLINA WATERS, ACCORDING TO D-N- R. THE STATE’S PROVISIONAL WATERS – WHICH IS THE WATER AROUND 2 MILES FROM SHORE — HAD OPENED IN MID- APRIL. THERE ARE TWO SHRIMP SEASONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA – THE FIRST RUNS FROM MAY TO AUGUST… AND THE SECOND RUNS FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER. DNR ADDED THAT THIS YEAR THE AMOUNT OF WHITE SHRIMP SHOULD BE ABOVE AVERAGE — IF NOT A LITTLE BETTER THAN PERVIOUS YEARS. THIS MORNING — SEVERAL LOWCOUNTRY SEAFOOD COMPANIES – INCLUDING BLUFFTON OYSTER FACTORY – SAY THEY GEARING UP FOR THE START OF THE SEASON. SHRIMP SEASON – WILL OFFICIALLY BEGIN AT 8 THIS MORNING. REPORTING IN THE LOWCOUNTRY, DROB, WJCL 22 NEWS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST ALLIGATORS EVER CAPTURED ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND – – IS DEAD THIS MORNING… STATE WILDLIFE LEADERS SAY CAPTURED – AND KILLED THAT GATOR YESTERDAY… THEY ESTIMATE THAT M

South Carolina reports more than 200 new cases of COVID-19, additional deaths in the Lowcountry

Elderly, middle aged residents of Beaufort, Colleton counties among 20 South Carolina residents killed by COVID-19 in the past day.

Above video: Your morning headlinesThe South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Wednesday 207 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths.This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 10,623 and those who have died to 466.The deaths occurred in 17 elderly individuals from Beaufort (1), Charleston (1), Colleton (2), Darlington (1), Fairfield (3), Florence (1), Horry (2), Lee (1), Orangeburg (1), Richland (3), and Spartanburg (1) counties, and three middle-aged individuals from Beaufort (1), Colleton (1), and Lee (1) counties.The number of new cases by county are listed below:Aiken (3), Anderson (1), Beaufort (5), Charleston (11), Chester (4), Chesterfield (8), Clarendon (3), Darlington (4), Dillon (3), Dorchester (8), Fairfield (3), Florence (9), Greenville (21), Greenwood (12), Horry (10), Kershaw (7), Lee (1), Lancaster (2), Lexington (9), Marion (1), Marlboro (11), Newberry (1), Oconee (1), Orangeburg (9), Pickens (1), Richland (17), Spartanburg (16), Sumter (11), Williamsburg (4), Union (1), York (10)County by county: The latest coronavirus cases in Georgia, South CarolinaTracking the curve: See how coronavirus cases and deaths over timeCoronavirus in Georgia, SC: The latest resources, how to keep your family safeWJCL’s coronavirus special coverage

Above video: Your morning headlines

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Wednesday 207 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths.

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 10,623 and those who have died to 466.

The deaths occurred in 17 elderly individuals from Beaufort (1), Charleston (1), Colleton (2), Darlington (1), Fairfield (3), Florence (1), Horry (2), Lee (1), Orangeburg (1), Richland (3), and Spartanburg (1) counties, and three middle-aged individuals from Beaufort (1), Colleton (1), and Lee (1) counties.

The number of new cases by county are listed below:

Aiken (3), Anderson (1), Beaufort (5), Charleston (11), Chester (4), Chesterfield (8), Clarendon (3), Darlington (4), Dillon (3), Dorchester (8), Fairfield (3), Florence (9), Greenville (21), Greenwood (12), Horry (10), Kershaw (7), Lee (1), Lancaster (2), Lexington (9), Marion (1), Marlboro (11), Newberry (1), Oconee (1), Orangeburg (9), Pickens (1), Richland (17), Spartanburg (16), Sumter (11), Williamsburg (4), Union (1), York (10)

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