New COVID-Safe tour offers fans unique way to visit Charlotte Motor Speedway

Fans looking for a little high-octane fun to wind down their summer need look no further than Charlotte Motor Speedway’s innovative new, COVID-safe “Fast Pass Tour.”

Study hints, can’t prove, survivor plasma fights COVID-19

  DHEC announces 16 additional COVID-19 deaths in S.C., 1,015 new cases

Twin beams of light won’t shine during 9/11 tribute in NYC due to coronavirus

  Rural families without internet face tough choice on school

  Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least Sept.

N.C. reports 1,300+ new COVID-19 cases as public schools prepare to reopen

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  McMaster visits Johnsonville Middle School, discusses distribution of PPE ahead of reopening

  Hospital staff hosts wedding ceremony for COVID-19 patient

Annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art postponed until 2021

9/11 ‘Tribute in Light’ won’t illuminate the skies this year due to COVID-19 concerns

  Trump and Biden trade barbs over coronavirus response, masks

  ‘They were making a huge scene’: SSB restaurant owner explains why police were called on unmasked couple

‘He never ran a fever, he never coughed’: Wife details experience after losing husband to COVID-19

The wife of the second youngest person to die in Lowndes County from COVID-19 said he had no underlying health conditions.

  Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate

Joe Biden is calling for a nationwide protective mask mandate over the next three months.

Dozens of SC school districts receiving PPE from the state for the start of the school year

The Kershaw County School District is one of the 70 school districts in the state receiving personal protective equipment (PPE) from the state ahead of the start of the school year.

NCAA cancels fall championships as major football marches on

The NCAA will not conduct fall championship events — a move that does not affect major college football — because not enough schools are competing in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

  Horry County Schools requests thousands of masks from the state, other PPE for reopening

  EXCLUSIVE: SC woman’s death certificate lists COVID-19, but family says she never had it

US seizes digital currency accounts used by militant groups

S.C. sets new low in initial unemployment claims since pandemic began

Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta mask mandate

SoCon postpones fall conference competition

College party with 400 people shut down in North Carolina

University police say about 20 parties, including one with nearly 400 people in attendance, were shut down at a university in North Carolina during the school’s opening weekend.

  COVID-19 cases surpass 103,000 in S.C., 35 additional deaths announced

The updated numbers were released Thursday afternoon.

  Chicken wings test positive for coronavirus in China

Health officials tested people who came in contact with the product, and all results were negative. Officials did not say the brand of the chicken product.

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

A modest Trump administration overture on Wednesday generated nothing but stepped-up carping and accusations of bad faith.

  Family kicked off Southwest Airlines flight after boy with autism wouldn’t wear mask

All passengers over the age of 2 must wear a mask. There are no exceptions.

  Three Horry County zip codes among top 10 for most COVID-19 cases in S.C. as virus slowing

Updated zip code data shows that three of the top 10 areas across South Carolina for COVID-19 cases are in Horry County.

Halloween candy arriving earlier in some stores due to pandemic

Halloween-specific candies and packaging are already available in some grocery stores in the U.S.

AMC to offer 15-cent tickets on first day of reopening

AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie.

  ‘It’s very devastating:’ Event cancellations impacting numerous vendors along Grand Strand

The list of 2020 events being cancelled due to the COVID-19 threat is continuing to grow, and it’s hitting the pockets of some vendors.

  ‘Wearing face masks work’: DHEC releases new data showing local masks ordinances slow COVID-19 spread

For the first, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is releasing new data that officials said indicates that local mask ordinances are helping to slow the coronavirus spread.

Lawmakers, public health officials set goal to increase COVID-19 testing in SC

Dr. Duwve said that increasing testing is key to continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

N.C. mayor passes away after battling COVID-19

According to his daughter, Washington Mayor Mac Hodges has passed away after being hospitalized for COVID-19.

  Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

The move came one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not be participating this fall.

  ‘Definitely nerve-wracking’: CCU welcomes some new students to campus during pandemic

To make the process of moving in and starting classes less nerve-wracking for parents and students, CCU put some changes in place.

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

The White House’s top negotiator is trying to revive stalled talks over coronavirus aid.

  Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19

These drugs are believed to last for a month or more and could give quick, temporary immunity to people at high risk of infection, such as health workers and housemates of someone with COVID-19.

McMaster announces 70 S.C. school districts to receive $10 million in PPE

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is making sure schools have the proper equipment to make sure students and teachers are safe when they head back to class.

Palmetto Project helping people navigate unemployment insurance process

A statewide nonprofit in South Carolina is helping people file for unemployment insurance.

  S.C. records lowest daily number of new COVID-19 cases in weeks; 45 additional deaths announced

The updated numbers were released Wednesday afternoon.

US budget deficit climbs to record $2.81 trillion

The Treasury Department says the U.S. budget deficit climbed to $2.81 trillion in the first 10 months of the budget year.

  Updated visitor restrictions for Conway Medical Center go into effect Thursday

Conway Medical Center will start allowing one visitor for each non-COVID-19 patient hospitalized overnight, hospital staff announced Wednesday.

  Ballot drop boxes are next legal fight in voting

Millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail this fall as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

No patrons at the Masters this year, Augusta National Golf Club says

Even as sporting events around the country continue to start back up, putting the health and safety of Masters patrons at risk was too big a hill to climb, according to Ridley.

  New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

Health authorities in New Zealand were scrambling Wednesday to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation’s largest city went back into lockdown.

  World’s last Blockbuster store offers Airbnb experience

During a time when many businesses are struggling to stay afloat, the last remaining Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon, is defying the odds.

  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

The vaccine is still in clinical trials and has not been approved by the FDA but is already being manufactured, so if it is approved, it can be rolled out quickly.

Hartsville City Council passes ordinance requiring face masks in certain businesses

People in Hartsville will now have to wear a face mask in certain businesses.

Pee Dee high school cheerleader tests positive for coronavirus

The Marlboro County School District confirmed Tuesday night that a high school cheerleader tested positive for the coronavirus.

Data shows downward trend in Horry County COVID-19 cases after mask mandates implemented

The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced a new online resource that provides a localized look at coronavirus cases and the impacts.

‘All options on the table’ for Gamecocks football season as SEC ‘remains comfortable’ with its plans

The SEC responded to the PAC-12 and the Big Ten’s decision to cancel their season by saying the league “remains comfortable” with their plans.

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

The move comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.

Big Ten officially announces postponement of fall football; myocarditis reportedly greatly influenced decision

The Big Ten has officially become the first Power Five conference to decide not to play this fall because of health safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil.

  Art shows make comeback in Lake City after COVID-19 cancellations

The coronavirus hit the Lake City art community hard after ArtFields 2020 was canceled and art shows were postponed.

  S.C. surpasses 2,000 COVID-19 deaths, 928 new cases announced

The updated figures were released Tuesday afternoon.

  Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials could backfire.

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.

Duke scientists rate which masks work and which don’t

In the study, scientists were looking for the masks that best contain the droplets that are created when people speak.

  How to protect kids from digital eye strain during pandemic

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices.

First dog in NC to test positive for coronavirus has died

SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.

City of Georgetown will not issue special event permits for remainder of year

The city of Georgetown will not authorize applications for special events through the end of the year.

  What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Anxious parents around the country are looking to schools that have already opened for signs of how it might go.

  Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.

  90% increase in COVID-19 cases seen in US children over last month, report says

Severe symptoms still appear rare among those kids infected, making up less than 2% of hospitalizations. However, at least 90 children have died from the disease.

  Some Grand Strand hospitals see decrease in positive COVID-19 patients

For the first time in about a month, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported on Monday fewer than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus statewide.

  Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

With more than 60 million beneficiaries, Social Security is funded by a 12.4% payroll tax evenly divided between employees and employers. Deferral could mean that up to $100 billion in payments would be delayed.

COVID-19 BREAKDOWN: In-depth look at Horry County case numbers and how we got here

The summer months in Horry County saw an uptick in coronavirus cases, but new data from the Department of Health and Environmental Control may start to show a slight downward trend.

  States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Governors and state labor department officials around the country are scrambling to figure out if it is feasible to implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance for millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world reach 20 million

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.

  In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, Democratic leaders are holding firm. They are using their leverage to force President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans.

REPORT: SEC presidents expected to discuss plans for fall athletics in impromptu meeting

Presidents of schools in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) are scheduled to have an unexpected meeting Monday, Aug. 10, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger.

Georgetown County Fire/EMS reinstates public programming

Public safety and education programs that have been on hiatus since March have started back up in a limited capacity according to Georgetown County.

Reports: Ga. Gov. not requiring masks at public schools

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has said that he will not be mandating masks be worn in all public schools, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  ‘I’m a survivor‘: Carolina Beach business owner overcomes serious lung infection from COVID-19

If you’ve ever picked up your morning cup of coffee at Majik Beanz in Carolina Beach, odds are, you’ve met Janeen Williams.

  DHEC: Coronavirus cases in S.C. surpass 100K; 718 new cases announced

The updated numbers were released Monday.

  Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for coronavirus

Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine.

SC governor asks health agency to track COVID-19 cases in schools

McMaster wants DHEC to report those numbers to the public daily.

  Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; conference spokesman says otherwise

The Sunday vote by school presidents was 12-2 to call off fall sports because of the pandemic.