Coronavirus

N.C. sees highest single-day increase with 2K+ new COVID-19 cases, record hospitalizations

North Carolina reported 2,099 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing the total positive cases across the state to 70,241.

  July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline

  Trump’s Rushmore trip draws real and figurative fireworks

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

‘Put the damn mask on:’ Strong message from S.C. hospital chief medical officer

  North Myrtle Beach mayor provides feedback on first day of face mask enforcement

Pittsburgh area health officials link new COVID-19 cases to Myrtle Beach, other beach cities

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  Myrtle Beach City Council approves face mask mandate through Labor Day

DHEC promotes virtual visitation grant for nursing homes

  LIST: Face mask ordinances in place across Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Gov. McMaster orders DHEC to postpone allowing limited visitation in nursing homes

City of Florence issues proclamation requiring masks in certain places

  FAQ: What to know about Myrtle Beach’s face mask executive order

Federal authorities seize more than $80,000 tied to COVID-19 unemployment scheme in N.C.

Federal authorities have seized more than $80,000 tied to a coronavirus unemployment scheme in North Carolina.

  Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center providing 5,000 masks to city of Hartsville

After the Hartsville City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to encourage the use of face masks, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center decided to help the city’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

  City of Conway to discuss emergency mask ordinance on Monday

  Georgetown County Council passes face mask ordinance; goes into effect midnight Friday

  DHEC announces 1,629 new COVID-19 cases in S.C., 19 new deaths

Grand Strand Health near capacity, officials say

Grand Strand Health near capacity, officials say

Grand Strand Health is near capacity, according to officials.

  City of Georgetown passes face mask mandate

City council meets Thursday morning to discuss the possible ordinance.

Marion County School District to suspend athletic conditioning

The Maron County School District has suspended face-to-face athletic conditioning indefinitely.

Latest S.C. unemployment numbers show total of 635K+ new claims since March

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says the number of people who have filed their first claim for unemployment benefits continues to grow months after the coronavirus pandemic began having a major impact on jobs in the state.

City of Myrtle Beach postpones Fourth of July fireworks

The city of Myrtle Beach is postponing its Fourth of July fireworks display due to COVID-19 concerns, officials said Thursday.

  Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

In areas where COVID-19 is spreading, health experts agree that wearing masks or other face coverings in public helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus when people can't socially distance by staying 6 feet apart.

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

  Fifth annual Horry County Fair kicks off Friday with precautions in place

The fifth annual Horry County Fair starts Friday, but not without changes and precautions due to COVID-19.

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

  Myrtle Beach councilmembers weigh in on importance of possible mask mandate before Thursday vote

Myrtle Beach City Council has a big decision to make Thursday morning, whether to approve a proposed executive order that will require people to wear masks inside certain businesses.

‘It’s a significant challenge’: Contact tracing becoming difficult as COVID-19 cases stay above 1,000 mark

South Carolina’s state doctors said the spike in coronavirus cases is making it harder for them to try and contain the virus through contact tracing.

  Bethune addresses Myrtle Beach being in national spotlight as COVID-19 cases spike

Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune went on a national network on Wednesday to address a number of issues facing the city as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

McMaster: Over 1,600 restaurants have applied to receive Palmetto Priority seal

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster provided an update on Wednesday on the number of restaurants that have begun the process of receiving a Palmetto Priority seal.

Preparing for July 4th: SC director of tourism thinks people will be safer than Memorial Day

South Carolina tourism’s slogan right now is, “When you’re ready, we’re ready.”

Army quarantines 90 soldiers with coronavirus at Fort Bragg

The U.S. Army has quarantined 90 soldiers and instructors who tested positive for the coronavirus during a survival course at Fort Bragg.

  Florence Center Carnival begins Friday with extensive safety measures in place

Florence Center General Manager, Paul Beard Jr., said they are doing everything possible to bring back some normalcy while also keeping everyone safe for there carnival. The Florence Center Carnival will begin on July 3rd and will last through July 12th.

McMaster: No high school, college football until COVID-19 cases go down

The governor says the future of spectator sports seasons in the fall could be at risk.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

  ‘This is a public health crisis’: DHEC reports record-high 24 new COVID-19 deaths in S.C.

The state health agency released the latest data on the virus on Wednesday.

5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

Economists have forecast that employers added 3 million jobs in June and that the unemployment rate dropped to 12.3% from 13.3% in May.

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

Wednesday's report finds a lack of coordination among government agencies hindered access to coronavirus testing and protective equipment, among other problems.

SC education officials working to reach students who have been unaccounted for since school closures

The South Carolina Department of Education has released their plans to connect with students they’ve had minimal or no contact with since the pandemic forced schools to close in mid-March.

FAQ: What to know about North Myrtle Beach’s new mask ordinance

City officials answered a series of big questions from residents regarding the mask ordinance, which goes into effect Thursday.

‘We want our schools open for in-person instruction': Cooper delays decision on reopening NC schools this fall

Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced that his administration will soon give a statewide directive for reopening K-12 schools this fall.

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks.

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

A new study suggests children may be able to transmit coronavirus similar to infected adults.

SCDEW launches Extended Benefits program to help unemployed residents

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is now offering the Extended Benefits program for those who have used their previous unemployment benefits.

CCMF monitoring COVID-19 developments closely

With less than 3 months until the 2020 Carolina Country Music Festival, organizer Bob Durkin says he is monitoring COVID-19 developments closely.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’

  Health officials look to pool testing as new approach to trace coronavirus

Experts are now considering a new approach: pool testing. Many say it's the necessary next step in testing and tracing COVID-19.

  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic.

  Georgetown County Council to hold emergency meeting on face masks Thursday

Georgetown County Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss options regarding face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

College student who tested positive for COVID-19 urges young people to take virus seriously

Since the beginning of April, there has been a 966% increase in newly-reported cases among young people aged 11 to 20 in South Carolina and a 413% increase in cases among people aged 21 to 30.

No announcement planned today on public school future

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper was expected to make an announcement today, but his press office announced last night the coronavirus briefing Wednesday will not include a discussion of K-12 public school operations for this coming year.

  ‘Makes all of us feel more protected’: Some Grand Strand businesses OK with mask mandates

As the Myrtle Beach City Council prepares to discuss a possible executive order requiring face masks in certain places, some businesses along the Grand Strand said they’re happy with the move.

  Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

About $130 billion remains of $660 billion approved so far for the subsidy program, which provides direct subsidies to businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

  North Myrtle Beach leaders approve face mask mandate

The North Myrtle Beach City Council has passed an ordinance calling for the use of face masks in public places.

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections.

  Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on.

  ‘A bit of a challenge’: Local medical expert weighs in on new coronavirus symptom list from CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added three new symptoms of COVID-19: runny nose, nausea and diarrhea.

COVID-19 survivor barely recognizes himself after 25 days in a coma

Ahmad Ayyad went from peak physical condition and competing in obstacle races to losing 60 pounds after being hospitalized due to the coronavirus.

  Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools, amid virus surge

States such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California have reversed course, closing or otherwise clamping down on bars, shutting beaches and rolling back restaurant capacity.

  North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Building closing to public due to COVID-19

The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety building is closing to the public until further notice.

  FDA approves an at-home breast cancer treatment

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an at-home breast cancer treatment called Phesgo.

Hartsville City Council unanimously passes resolution encouraging use of face masks

The resolution does not require everyone to wear face masks, but it does encourage and emphasize the importance of wearing a mask in public.

Horry County Government reports 24 employees test positive for coronavirus

The Horry County Government has released new information on the number of employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

  Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’ in coronavirus outbreak

States such as Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing beaches and bars or rolling back restaurant restrictions in some cases.

  DHEC announces new single-day case high with 1,741 additional COVID-19 cases in S.C

The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced a new single-day high of new cases in South Carolina.

  Paycheck Protection Program coming to an end

The program is credited by government officials for saving millions of jobs, with more than 4.8 million small business owners tapping into the funds, for more than $519 billion in loans.

Marion County to begin requiring face masks in county-owned buildings

Marion County residents will have to start wearing face masks into all county-owned buildings starting next week.

  Pediatrics group strongly encourages return of in-person school

The American Academy of Pediatrics encouraged schools to have the goal of “having students physically present in school” despite the rising tide of COVID-19 infections nationwide.

  Around 100 DC-area teens test positive for COVID-19 after Myrtle Beach trip, health official says

Around 100 teenagers from the Washington D.C. area have tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip to Myrtle Beach, a health official said.

  Trader Joe’s shopper rants on camera after being told to wear a mask

Video from a Trader Joe’s in California shows a shopper throwing a tantrum after she was told to wear a face covering inside the store.

  Horry County Schools to suspend athletic conditioning until further notice

Horry County Schools will suspend high school athletic conditioning ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.

  DHEC: Take precautions against COVID-19 ahead of July 4th weekend

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend fast approaching, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is urging residents to take the proper precautions to protect against COVID-19.