SC woman who lost husband to COVID pushes for streamlined vaccine rollout

The state health department hopes to launch a simpler vaccine registration system this week, a development that can't come quickly enough for a widow who lost her husband of 58 years to COVID in November.

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State health officials announced the latest data on the virus Saturday.

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Two state senators are asking South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster to appoint a general as head of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort.

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Coastal Carolina University President Michael Benson has tested positive for COVID-19, according to information from the college.

Carnival Cruise Line cancels trips through April

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The updated numbers were released Thursday afternoon.

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The Department of Health and Environmental Control has released new guidance to accelerate the process of getting people vaccinated in South Carolina.

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Those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina have an additional place to make an appointment.

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