Health

N.C. sees highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations for second day, reports 820+ deaths

Across the state, 25,412 people have tested positive for the virus, which is 784 more cases than the previous day.

CVS opening drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in S.C.

  Grand Strand facilities offering COVID-19 antibody testing

DHEC director announces resignation amid coronavirus pandemic

  S.C. state employment office launches next benefits program of CARES Act

  DHEC announces 20 new COVID-19 deaths across S.C., 207 new cases confirmed

DHEC surpasses goal to test 110,000 South Carolinians for coronavirus in May

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  DHEC announces six new COVID-19 deaths, 253 new cases in S.C.

HGTC offering multiple modes of instruction for fall semester

McLeod Health to offer free COVID-19 testing in Florence this week

  COVID-19 community testing program kicking off with drive-thru clinic at Pelicans Stadium

  DHEC announces five new COVID-19 deaths, 90 new cases in S.C.

DHEC: Over 10,000 COVID-19 cases now in SC, 10 new deaths

  Marshwalk restaurant owners asking for public’s feedback on whether to hold July 4 fireworks show

Restaurant owners along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk are wrestling with whether or not to hold the annual July 4th fireworks show in light of the COVID-19 pandemic – and they want the public’s feedback.

Local youth sports begin registration after governor’s order

Several cities and counties are opening up registration to recreation sports, which can start play in June.

Riverbanks Zoo reopens with new reservation requirement

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia welcomed back its first guests Saturday, but with much different rules.

NASCAR all alone on motorsports biggest day of racing

The Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.

Lawsuit: NC laws expose many voters to virus risks

  DHEC announces 6 new COVID-19 deaths, 248 new cases in S.C.

NBA talking with Disney about resuming season

SC likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

  Tourists adjusting to new 'social distancing norms’ along the Grand Strand

Half of SC’s hospitality jobs gone; jobless rate hits record

New DHEC data shows 31 coronavirus cases reported at Loris nursing home

The Department of Health and Environmental Control released new coronavirus data involving nursing home and residential care facilities.

  Florence Downtown Development Corporation provides small businesses with recovery grant

COVID-19 closures heavily impacted downtown Florence which consists of primarily small businesses. Development Manager, Hannah Davis, said the Florence Downtown Development Corporation is helping these businesses move forward.

  DHEC announces 245 new COVID-19 cases, 26 in Horry County

The updated numbers were released Friday afternoon.

  Myrtle Beach SkyWheel reopening on Memorial Day

The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel will reopen to guests on Memorial Day after being closed for two months due to COVID-19, staff said.

  Leaders hope reopening attractions will lead to less crowded Grand Strand beaches

Attractions across the Grand Strand will be able to open their doors on Friday for the Memorial Day weekend crowds after the governor lifted restrictions on those types of businesses.

Phase 2 of reopening North Carolina to begin at 5 p.m.

North Carolina will enter Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, May 22, Gov. Cooper announced Wednesday.

East Texas native Matthew McConaughey, wife deliver masks to rural hospitals in Texas

According to a Facebook post from McConaughey Thursday night, Lincoln donated 110,000 masks for hospitals in need.

First case of serious children’s illness linked to COVID-19 reported in North Carolina

North Carolina health officials are reporting the first case of a serious children’s illness named Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in the state.

100-year-old WWII veteran gets standing ovation at hospital after beating COVID-19

A 100-year-old WWII veteran has been released from Henrico Doctors’ Hospital after beating coronavirus!

  DHEC announces 9 new COVID-19 deaths, 199 new cases in S.C.

The updated figures were released Thursday afternoon.

  CCU, Conway Medical Center partner to develop rapid testing method for COVID-19

Professors at Coastal Carolina University have teamed up with nurses and medical staff at Conway Medical Center to develop a screening test for COVID-19.

  S.C. provided with supply of Remdesivir for treating COVID-19 patients

outh Carolina has been provided with a limited supply of Remdesivir, the drug that recently received an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating patients with COVID-19.

CDC reports COVID-19 ‘does not spread easily’ from touching surfaces or animals

The Center for Disease Control admits that they are still learning how the new disease of COVID-19 spreads.

  Grand Strand attractions prepare for reopening after McMaster lifts restrictions

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Wednesday that attractions will be permitted to open throughout South Carolina beginning Friday, May 22.

Poll finds majority of SC residents worried about coronavirus but split over state response

According to a recent Clemson University Palmetto Poll, 75 percent of South Carolinians are either extremely or moderately worried about COVID-19.

570 people test positive for COVID-19 at Wilkesboro Tyson plant

Of 2,244 team members and contractors who work at the Tyson chicken plant who were tested for the virus, 570 tested positive, the company said in a statement.

  ‘She never left me’: Recovered COVID-19 mother, infant reunite with ICU nurse who provided help

McLeod Health hosted a reunion Wednesday morning between a new mother and the nurse that never left her side.

  DHEC reports number of coronavirus-related deaths surpasses 400 in S.C.

The updated numbers were released Wednesday afternoon.

  Horry County leaders discuss plans for Memorial Day weekend

Horry County leaders stressed that they are prepared for a busy Memorial Day weekend and have contingencies in place to keep residents and visitors safe should the need arise.

Myrtle Beach announces tentative schedule for events impacted by COVID-19

The city says several events are now being moved into the fall, and health guidelines will continue to be followed.

  Horry County school parking lots being considered for DHEC’s temporary COVID-19 testing sites

Horry County Schools are in talks with DHEC, about possibly using some of the school parking lots as temporary COVID-19 testing sites.

  Tidelands Health partnering with DHEC to offer free COVID-19 testing across the Grand Strand

Tidelands Health and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Pee Dee Region Testing Coalition and are partnering to launch a COVID-19 community testing program in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties, staff announced Tuesday.

  Recovered COVID-19 patient meets anonymous plasma donor from Tennessee who helped save her life

Lisa Hardin and her husband Kevin celebrated their 30-year wedding anniversary Tuesday.

  DHEC announces number of COVID-19 cases in S.C. surpasses 9,000

The updated figures were released Tuesday afternoon.

  Chamber urging Myrtle Beach visitors, residents to ‘act responsibly’ in light of weekend violence, COVID-19

The president of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is urging residents and guests to be responsible during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

  2020 Conway Riverfest canceled amidst COVID-19 pandemic

The 2020 Conway Riverfest has been canceled due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some South Carolinians still waiting for unemployment benefits during coronavirus pandemic

As hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians have filed for unemployment due to COVID-19, some are still waiting for the cash to come in. One man who has been waiting for two months, but says he hasn't seen a dime.

  DHEC announces six new COVID-19 deaths, 126 new cases in S.C.

The updated numbers were released Monday afternoon.

  Grand Strand parks, government buildings reopen to public; close-contact businesses welcome customers

More South Carolina businesses are preparing to open their doors.

Horry County receives funding to help those struggling to pay rent due to COVID-19

Horry County has received federal funding to help those who are struggling to pay their rent due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus.

  Grand Strand first responders see increase in calls as weather warms up, restrictions ease

As the weather gets warmer and restrictions continue to ease amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, first responders across the Grand Strand saw call volumes increase this past weekend compared to previous weekends.

UofSC to hold classes online after Thanksgiving break

University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen has announced that students will take classes remotely following Thanksgiving break.

Governor urging everyone to ‘be safe, but go’ as close contact businesses reopen

For the first time in more than a month, close contact businesses like barbershops and nail salons have the option to reopen in South Carolina.

North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center to reopen Monday

The North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center will begin a phased reopening on Monday.

  Fans in Darlington celebrate the return of NASCAR racing

Even though racing fans couldn’t get back into the stands Sunday, many still came out to tailgate the return of racing.

  DHEC announces five new COVID-19 deaths, 163 new cases in S.C.

The update numbers were announced Sunday afternoon.

Judge issues order to allow indoor worship in NC churches

The Saturday afternoon ruling effectively ends the part of the Governor’s executive order 138, which required any religious gathering of 10 or more people to take place outdoors only.

Coast RTA resumes full service on Monday

Coast RTA will resume full service on its fixed routes this week.

After closing to keep customers safe from COVID-19, SC shop now looking to sell as-is

As businesses reopen across the state, some shops may be re-evaluating their future.

  Riders come to Grand Strand despite Bike Week postponement

Horry County Council voted in favor of pushing back the spring bike rally from this week until later in July due to coronavirus concerns and restrictions on large gatherings.

NC Sheriff’s Association, local sheriffs respond to Judge order to allow indoor worship services

After a U.S. District Judge issued a temporary restraining order on Governor Cooper’s executive order Saturday, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association (NCSA), along with local sheriff’s, are responding to the ruling.

Darius Rucker spreads message of hope, encouragement amid virus outbreak

Country star Darius Rucker is offering words of hope and encouragement to fellow South Carolinians amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New uptown Charlotte restaurant to utilize thermal camera to check customer’s temperature

Restaurant owners continue to say your safety is their top priority as they get ready for the chance to re-open in North Carolina. When that happens, there’s one restaurant that’s doing something many of us have never seen before to protect you.

DHEC announces 276 new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths reported

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Saturday 276 new cases of the novel coronavirus and no additional deaths.

SC governor open to hosting pro sports leagues looking to restart seasons, task force builds plan to open athletic facilities

On Friday, Governor Henry McMaster’s accelerateSC task force continued to build a plan to reopen South Carolina’s economy.

  Some Myrtle Beach hotels booked, busy after coronavirus restrictions lifted

Myrtle Beach hotels can now officially take new reservations while preparing for a possible rush of beachgoers for Memorial Day weekend.

  DHEC estimates over 5,000 South Carolinians have recovered from COVID-19

The Department of Health and Environmental Control released new coronavirus recovery numbers on Friday.

Republican National Committee chairwoman speaks about RNC plans with convention 100 days away

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to WBTV in a Zoom interview Friday afternoon, addressing safety concerns about hosting a major convention during the pandemic.

  Horry County high school seniors embrace new plan for in person graduation options

After weeks of requesting Horry County Schools to reconsider their decision on virtual graduation ceremonies, seniors across Horry County will now have the option for an in-person commencement.

Sen. Lindsey Graham shares plans to expand PPE production in US

Graham said he expects to get bipartisan support in the Senate for his legislation.

Stanly Co. woman turns her late twins’ bibs and onesies into masks for NICU families

Nine months ago, Samantha Crump delivered her twin boys, Eli and Will, 12 weeks early.

SCDHEC puts out face mask PSA, encouraging people to wear them

SCDHEC has been telling South Carolinians to wear them since the CDC encouraged them in early April. Officials say they believe wearing a mask can help stop the spread and protect people in close surroundings.

Beshear announces 252 new cases, 4 more deaths in Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday confirmed 252 new cases of the coronavirus across the state.

Kroger employees to receive ‘Thank You Pay’ after ‘Hero Bonuses’ come to an end

Hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy, and call center associates will be eligible.

  Meals on Wheels of Horry County considers moving after rent increase

The director of Meals on Wheels of Horry County is considering moving locations after he says his landlord increased rent costs at their current building by $500 per month.

Cooper River Bridge Run cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19

On Friday afternoon, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie released a joint statement announcing that the event would not move forward.

  DHEC announces nine new COVID-19 deaths, 232 new cases in S.C.

The updated figures were released on Friday.

Food distribution event held for Grand Strand seniors

The Horry County Council on Aging distributed meals and fresh fruit to area seniors on Friday.