Chinese officials in Wuhan, China, confirm dozens of cases of pneumonia from an unknown cause.
The outbreak is identified as a new coronavirus.
China reports its first known death from an illness caused by the coronavirus—a 61-year-old man from Wuhan.
The World Health Organization reports confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand, Japan and South Korea.
The United States announces its first confirmed coronavirus case—a man in his 30s in Washington state.
Wuhan, a Chinese city of 11 million people, goes into quarantine.
The World Health Organization declares the outbreak of a global public health emergency as more than 9,000 cases are reported worldwide, including 18 countries.
The White House bars entry for most foreign nationals who had traveled to China within the last 14 days.
Princess Cruises confirms that a passenger who sailed aboard the Diamond Princess from Yokohama, Japan, on January 20 and disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25 had coronavirus.
The first coronavirus death is reported outside of China—a 44-year-old Wuhan resident who passed away in the Philippines.
The Diamond Princess, a ship with 3,700 passengers and crew, begins quarantine in Japan.
The World Health Organization announces that the disease called coronavirus will be known as COVID- 19.
The first COVID-19 death is recorded outside of Asia in France. The patient was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist.
The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China decided to prohibit illegal wildlife trade and to eliminate the abuse of wild animal eating.
President Donald Trump announces additional travel restrictions involving Iran, Italy and South Korea.
The first recorded death in the United States is a man in his 50s in Washington state.
Twenty-one people aboard the Grand Princess, a cruise ship being held off the coast of California, test positive for COVID-19.
The first two cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina are confirmed.
Ireland cancels its St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Italy issues a lockdown for the entire country.
The World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic.
The NBA suspends all basketball games after a player for the Utah Jazz tests positive for COVID-19.
President Donald Trump further restricts travel from now 26 countries in Europe.
The Volvo Car Open cancels its annual tennis tournament, which was to be held in the Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island, April 4 – 12.
The MLB suspends spring training and delays its regular baseball season.
The NHL suspends its hockey season.
The NCAA cancels both the men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments.
President Donald Trump announces that some cruise lines will be suspended, including Princess Cruises, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.
President Donald Trump declares a national state of emergency.
The third largest 10K in the country, The Cooper River Bridge Run, postpones from April 4 to August 1.
Schools close in South Carolina.
The CDC recommends all events consisting of 50 or more postpone or cancel.
President Donald Trump advises all Americans to avoid gatherings of 10 or more and to halt travel.
NASCAR postpones all races.
The Kentucky Derby postpones until September.
Gov. Henry McMaster issues an executive order requiring the mandatory shutdown of dine-in service in restaurants and bars in South Carolina.
California issued a statewide stay-at-home order asking residents to leave the house only if necessary.
The nation’s largest city, New York City, becomes the epicenter of the crisis in the United States.
Gov. Henry McMaster holds a briefing requiring law enforcement to disperse all public gatherings of three or more in South Carolina.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics is postponed until the summer of 2021.
The White House warned people who have been in New York City recently to quarantine themselves for 14 days if they leave the state.
President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus bill.
State Parks in South Carolina close through the end of April.
The CDC issued a travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, asking residents to refrain from nonessential travel.
President Donald Trump extended his administration’s guidelines on social distancing until April 30.
Wimbledon cancels its tennis tournament.
All nonessential businesses in South Carolina close.
The White House and the CDC recommend Americans wear cloth face coverings in public.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the state’s 5 million residents to stay home.
Another 6.6 million Americans filed first-time unemployment claims, bringing the cumulative total to 16 million in three weeks.
The United States becomes the hardest hit country in the world with COVID-19 deaths.
About 80 million Americans will begin to receive coronavirus pay-outs.
The governor said that all docks and boat landings would reopen with social distancing enforced.
The governor of South Carolina rolled back the social distancing order now allowing many non-essential businesses to reopen. Many stores could reopen with limited capacity. Beaches were allowed to open at the discretion of local government.
South Carolina schools shut down for the remainder of the school year.
April 23, 2020 – South Carolina State Parks announce they will reopen with restrictions on May 1.
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