Coronavirus

  Regulators, experts take up thorny vaccine study issues

The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus.

  Loris, St. James High volleyball teams quarantined after positive COVID-19 test, according to district

  Leaders decry ‘poor governance’ of Horry County Council following decision to end mask mandate

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

UofSC to expand saliva-based COVID-19 testing to colleges, universities across the state

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

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  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

N.C. reports 40 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,800+ new cases

DHEC: S.C. records 686 new COVID-19 cases, 11 additional deaths confirmed

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

  DHEC offers tips to safely celebrate Halloween in S.C. amidst COVID-19

  Coronavirus having negative impact on mental health of millennials, report says

Town leaders ban trick or treating in Chester, S.C.

The town council decided to ban the time-honored tradition of trick or treating because of the coronavirus. Many people who live there tell us they’re not happy with the decision.

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

Republicans are reconvening the Senate this week to vote on a virus proposal, but it’s a bill that failed once before, and that Trump himself now derides as too puny.

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

  California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

Carolina Panthers place another offensive lineman on reserve/COVID-19 list

  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

DHEC: S.C. records 666 new COVID-19 cases, 25 additional deaths confirmed

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Experts in health, science and political communication said they see three reasons for the drop in trust: fear, politics and the public watching science messily forming in real time.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.

First-ever drive-thru SC State Fair keeps up with traditions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Guests can drive through and see attractions and exhibits, or enjoy all their fair food favorites in a separate car line.

  California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

The governor said the state wants its own independent review no matter who wins the presidential election next month.

New grants would provide boost for struggling SC nonprofits

His nonprofit helps connect mentors with at-risk youth. He said he’ll be applying for Nonprofit Relief Grant. as soon as he can.

  HCS board members vote in favor of sticking with hybrid model until further notice

The Horry County Board of Education made some major changes to it’s ‘brick-and-mortar’ learning program during its meeting Monday night.

S.C. advocacy organizations urge protections for people in long-term care facilities

Six organizations are joining forces to urge state officials to provide better protections for people living and working in long-term care facilities.

North Myrtle Beach leaders extend mask ordinance; includes mandate in city’s emergency declaration

North Myrtle Beach’s mask ordinance is now a part of the city’s overall emergency declaration to the coronavirus pandemic.

  HCS provides timeline of COVID-19 cases within St. James High School JV football team

Horry County Schools is addressing concerns after St. James High School JV football players tested positive for the coronavirus before playing against the Sumter High School JV football team.

  What you need to know about herd immunity

Up to this point, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States and not even 10% of the population has been infected.

Columbia Fire breaks up large party with ‘thousands of students’ at Orchard Apartments

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says he was inside Williams Brice Stadium when his department received a medical call at Orchard Apartments.

  Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among several leading candidates in final testing.

DHEC: S.C. records over 500 new COVID-19 cases, 11 additional deaths confirmed

The updated figures were released Monday afternoon.

  CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots.

  Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 40 million; new strategies target hot spots

Authorities are trying to avoid a dreaded resurgence of illness and deaths, this time with economies weakened from earlier lockdowns and populations chafing at the idea of renewed restrictions.

  China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while the United States and Europe endure painful contractions.

Sumter High JV football team quarantines after possible COVID-19 exposure

The Sumter High School JV football team has been placed under quarantine.

  Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.

DHEC: Over 700 new COVID-19 cases in S.C., 12 new deaths reported

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

  Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

International air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

DHEC: Over 800 new COVID-19 cases in S.C., over 20 new deaths reported

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

  Conway mayor gets to experience teaching dream with virtual school

Conway Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy is getting to live out a dream, but not how you'd expect.

  Carolina Food Truck Rodeo begins in Florence

The smell of food is filling the air of the Florence Center as the Carolina Food Truck Rodeo has begun.

Thousands of SC small businesses, nonprofits could be in line for grants to keep them afloat

Right now, $40 million will be going to small businesses and $25 million to nonprofits across the state.

  DHEC submits South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine plan to federal government

The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced on Friday it has submitted its vaccine plan for federal approval.

  DHEC: S.C. records nearly 900 new COVID-19 cases, five additional deaths confirmed

The updated numbers were released Friday afternoon.

Panthers offensive lineman Tyler Larsen placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Because of the Panthers' possible exposure to the opponent, they are going through the proper protocol set forth by the NFL.

  Broadway shutdown hurting actors, theater workers

The pandemic has turned out the lights on Broadway with no productions scheduled now until next May.

  WHO study finds remdesivir didn’t help COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited results of a six-month trial that endeavored to see if existing drugs might have an effect on the coronavirus.

  Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe, hitting at-risk groups

Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments try to impose restrictions without locking whole economies down.

  Horry County Schools will remain in hybrid learning model despite recent ‘high’ COVID-19 activity

The latest COVID-19 disease activity report for South Carolina shows Horry County remains at a “high” level of recent disease activity.

  ISOLATED: States begin to allow nursing home visitors but face PPE shortages, logistical questions

Some nursing homes are beginning to allow visitors, but hundreds report to the federal government that they are experiencing staff shortages or have no protective masks in their supplies.

Aircraft ventilation systems don’t spread viruses, DOD study says

The Department of Defense research concluded aircraft ventilation systems are effective at removing COVID-19 from the air.

  Many COVID-19 precautions in place for Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon

One of Myrtle Beach’s biggest events of the year will still go on this weekend despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Europe, US reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe and spreads with renewed speed in the U.S.

DHEC: S.C. records over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases, 11 additional deaths confirmed

The updated figures were released Thursday afternoon.

  ‘Jagged Little Pill’ leads Tony Awards nominations with 15

The nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals, a fraction of the 34 shows the season before.

  US COVID cases surge to nearly 60K as pandemic wave builds

New cases rose in at least 35 states over the past week, while the nation averaged more than 50,000 new cases a day.

  US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession.

  Florence County Council extends emergency ordinance recommending face masks

The Florence County Council unanimously voted to extend its emergency ordinance that recommends residents wear face masks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  People with Type O blood may have lower risk of COVID-19 infection, severe illness

The research gives further evidence that blood type may play a role in someone’s susceptibility to infection and just how serious their illness is.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19, still preparing team for Georgia game

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Athletic Director Greg Byrne both tested positive for COVID-19.

  DHEC: S.C. sees 700 new COVID-19 cases, 17 additional deaths confirmed

The updated figures were released Wednesday afternoon.

  Closing schools is latest front in virus fight across Europe

European countries, and even regions inside countries, are applying drastically contrasting strategies to get a handle on the pandemic.

  Extra safety scrutiny planned as virus vaccine worries grow

With this week’s pause of a second major vaccine study because of an unexplained illness a quarter of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated.

  Walmart to spread out deals to avoid Black Friday crowds

Other retailers like Macy’s have said that their Black Friday deals will be spread out and will encourage more online shopping, but none have given specific details.

  Local parent concerned about quarantine process after COVID-19 case in son’s school

An Horry County parent says he is concerned after receiving an email from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control stating a person may have been contagious with COVID-19 while inside his child’s classroom.

Hartsville City Council votes in favor of extending face mask ordinance

People in the city of Hartsville will continue to wear masks inside certain businesses in order to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

  ‘COVID-19’ removed from Grand Strand woman’s death certificate after months-long fight

After a months-long battle, the death certificate of a Grand Strand family’s loved one is now COVID-19 free.

  Pandemic takes toll on mental health of Americans

As of August, nearly 41% of adults surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported struggling with mental health issues.

  Possible safety issue spurs pause of COVID-19 antibody study

Eli Lilly confirmed Tuesday that the study had been paused “out of an abundance of caution”

  Horry County has state’s highest number of new COVID-19 cases, updated counts show

The updated figures were released Tuesday afternoon.

  More masks, less play: Europe tightens rules as virus surges

The World Health Organization said Tuesday there were more than 700,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Europe last week, a jump of 34% compared to the previous week.

  Nevada man is first in North America to get coronavirus twice

The man first tested positive for COVID-19 in April and then tested positive again in June.

2nd COVID-19 vaccine trial paused over unexplained illness

Johnson & Johnson was aiming to enroll 60,000 volunteers to prove if its single-dose approach is safe and protects against the coronavirus.

  'We’ve got to continue to be vigilant’: Coronavirus case numbers on the rise again in Horry County

The last seven days have seen a bit of an uptick in cases across the county.