Coronavirus

  States submit vaccine orders as coronavirus death toll grows

The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 hit an all-time high in the U.S. on Thursday at 100,667, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  DHEC: S.C. records highest single-day number of new COVID-19 cases

  CVS, Walgreens get ready to give out coronavirus vaccines

  Public school enrollment decreases nationwide

  How COVID-19 vaccines will get from the factory to your local pharmacy

North Carolina sees record high for coronavirus hospitalizations for 7th straight day

  UK defends vaccine decision amid criticism it moved too fast

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  HCS completes first plexiglass installation inside elementary schools

  Grand Strand hospitals break down COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan during Phase 1

  States plan for vaccines as daily US virus deaths top 3,100

  DHEC: First round of COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in S.C. mid-December

  California governor: Most of state nears stay-home order

  Vaccine rollout could ease crisis, but who gets it first?

  Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

The precision targeting and careful efforts to leave no tracks bore “the potential hallmarks of nation-state tradecraft.”

  Ex-presidents would get vaccine publicly to boost confidence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will prioritize healthcare workers and people living in long-term healthcare facilities to receive a vaccine once approved.

  DHEC: S.C. records 1,754 new COVID-19 cases, 21 additional deaths confirmed

The updated numbers were released Thursday afternoon.

  Facebook to remove COVID-19 vaccine-related misinformation

Facebook said Thursday it will start removing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, in its latest move to counter a tide of coronavirus-related online misinformation.

  Ho, ho — Whoa! Virus keeping most Santas at a distance

  School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities

  US jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

S.C. couple dies days apart after getting COVID-19

California boy, 11, fatally shoots self during online class

Police: Hawaii couple arrested after boarding plane knowing they were COVID positive

Georgetown County School District rejects COVID test kits

The Georgetown County School District would have qualified for hundreds of rapid covid testing kits but the school board voted to not accept the offer during Tuesday’s board meeting.

DHEC explains special storage plan if Pfizer vaccine distributed in S.C.

The Pfizer vaccine has a complex storage and distribution plan because must be store in ultra-cold temperatures.

  Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

The CDC director said the coming months are "going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation."

  Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

In giving the go-ahead for emergency use of the vaccine developed by American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, Britain vaulted past the United States by at least a week.

  Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urges

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect others is to stay home.

FMU to hold five in-person commencement ceremonies for fall graduates

Francis Marion University will hold five in-person commencement ceremonies this month for its fall 2020 graduating class.

  DHEC: S.C. records 1,612 new COVID-19 cases, 35 additional deaths confirmed

The updated figures were released Wednesday afternoon.

Long-term care industry supports CDC recommendation to include in 1st phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

A final vote determined that Phase 1-A would not only include healthcare personnel, but also residents of long-term care facilities.

  Signs of COVID-19 ‘burnout’ and tips to cope

Many Americans are experiencing COVID-19 “burnout” as virus cases continue to rise across many parts of the country.

  Nurse on leave after apparent rejection of public mask wearing in TikTok video

An Oregon nurse is under investigation after a video she posted to TikTok indicated she is not adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions outside work.

  US panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes

Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

  CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to shorten the recommended length of quarantine after exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19, as the virus rages across the nation.

Canada: US border measures to last until virus under control

Canada and the U.S. have limited border crossings to essential travel since March.

Thousands of South Carolinians will lose unemployment benefits this month

South Carolinians who have not yet exhausted their 20 weeks of state unemployment benefits will continue to receive them until they hit that cap.

  ‘Very dark couple of weeks’: Morgues and hospitals overflow

Nearly 37,000 people died of COVID-19 in the U.S. in November, the most since the dark early days of the pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccine to be free as N.C. health officials prepare for distribution

Early results show that two vaccines – from Moderna and Pfizer – to be highly effective.

  DHEC: S.C. records 1,297 new COVID-19 cases, 13 additional deaths confirmed

The updated figures were released Tuesday afternoon.

  EU eyes Dec 29 approval for 1st virus vaccine, later than US

The European Medicines Agency will convene a meeting on Dec. 29 to decide if there is enough data about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for it to be approved, the regulator said Tuesday.

  Study says COVID-19 likely came to US in 2019

CDC researchers analyzed blood donations collected by the American Red Cross from Dec. 13, 2019 through Jan. 17, 2020.

  Michigan great-grandparents die of COVID-19 one minute apart

Like the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, Leslie and Patricia McWaters died a minute apart.

  Study: Students falling behind in math during COVID-19 pandemic

The findings confirm expectations that students are losing ground during the pandemic, but show those losses are not as great as projections made in spring.

  Doctor seen comforting elderly COVID-19 patient in heartbreaking photo speaks

Thankfully, the patient in the picture is doing better and may be able to leave the hospital soon.

DHEC to give out COVID-19 test kits to school districts this week; some still working out details

The Department of Health and Environmental Control is expected to start giving out rapid COVID-19 test kits to school districts this week.

  Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Health experts had pleaded with Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving and not gather with anyone who didn't live with them.

  Tidelands Health offering ‘groundbreaking’ treatment for high-risk COVID patients

Tidelands Health is offering a ‘groundbreaking’ COVID-19 treatment that may lessen a person’s risk of becoming hospitalized with the virus, the hospital system announced Monday.

DHEC announces 1,174 new COVID-19 cases, 27 additional deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Monday 1,174 new cases of COVID-19 and 27 additional deaths.

  Great ways to enjoy winter during a pandemic

Traveling, dining out and holiday parties might not the best idea this year as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still plenty of fun ways you and your family can enjoy this winter season.

Myrtle Beach extends mask ordinance through December

Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune has extend the city’s emergency declaration due to COVID-19.

  Dictionary.com picks ‘pandemic’ as its 2020 word of the year

Dictionary.com on Monday declared “pandemic” its 2020 word of the year.

  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

The coronavirus vaccine inching toward approval in the U.S. is desperately anticipated by weary Americans longing for a path back to normal life. But criminals are waiting, too, ready to use that desperation to their advantage, federal investigators say.

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

The car parade, which included appearances by Santa Claus, superheroes and dinosaurs, lasted nearly an hour.

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

Among the runners up for word of the year: kraken, mamba and defund.

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see a “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks.

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

DHEC: Over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in SC, 7 new deaths reported

State health officials released the latest numbers on the virus Sunday.

Marion County School District switching to all-virtual learning for next week

The district said the decision came after DHEC reported increasing numbers of COVID-19 in the area

DHEC: Total COVID-19 cases surpass 200,000 in South Carolina

State health officials reported over 1,700 new cases Saturday.

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation’s response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours.

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending.

  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing.

  DHEC: S.C. records 1,777 new COVID-19 cases, 28 additional deaths confirmed

DHEC announced Friday's updated COVID-19 numbers.

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

MUSC may start offering rapid COVID-19 testing at Charleston Airport next week

The Medical University of South Carolina may soon start offering rapid COVID-19 tests at the Charleston International Airport.

Gov. Cooper signs executive order to strengthen mask mandate in N.C.

As of Monday, North Carolina reported 339,194 coronavirus cases and 5,039 deaths. The daily percent positive was at 6.6 percent.

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

The court’s action could push New York to reevaluate its restrictions on houses of worship in areas designated virus hot spots.

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

McMaster authorizes DHEC to move forward with COVID-19 testing at schools

The South Carolina governor has given the green light to allow rapid tests kits to be sent to all public schools.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  DHEC: S.C. records 1,243 new COVID-19 cases, four additional deaths confirmed

The updated figures were released Wednesday afternoon.

UofSC president tests positive for COVID-19

University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen learned Tuesday night that he tested positive for COVID-19, the university confirmed.