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U.S. Representative Tom Rice tests positive for coronavirus

On June 15, Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In a Facebook post, he said his wife and son also tested positive for the virus.
Rice has represented South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District since 2013.
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Rice is the sixth member of the U.S. House to test positive for the virus. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the only senator known to have tested positive.
On March 30, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) announced that she had been diagnosed with presumed coronavirus by her attending physician, although she was not tested.


Mace wins Republican nomination in South Carolina’s First Congressional District

State Rep. Nancy Mace won the Republican primary in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, defeating Chris Cox, Kathy Landing, and Brad Mole. With 39% of precincts reporting, Mace had received 59% of the vote. Landing was in second place with 26%.
Mace faces incumbent Rep. Joe Cunningham (D) in the November general election. Cunningham defeated Katie Arrington (R) in 2018, 50.6% to 49.2%. The 2018 general election in South Carolina’s 1st District was decided by the 12th smallest margin of victory of all U.S. House races that year.
In the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump (R) defeated Hillary Clinton (D) in the district, 53.5% to 40.4% The 1st District is one of 30 House Districts represented by a Democrat in 2020 that voted for Trump in 2016. Until Cunningham’s election in 2018, it had been represented by Republicans since 1981.


GA, SC, TN announce plans to reopen businesses

The governors of Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee each announced Monday plans for businesses in their state to begin reopening after closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced that fitness and hygiene businesses could reopen as early as April 24, followed by restaurants and theaters on April 27. He said bars and nightclubs would still remain closed.

In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster (R) announced that nonessential retail businesses closed as part of his stay-at-home order would be allowed to reopen. This includes department stores, sporting goods stores, and book, music, shoe, and craft stores to reopen, among others.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee (R) announced that the state’s stay-at-home order would expire on April 30. He said that this means most businesses across the state would be allowed to reopen on May 1.

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