‘Viruses live to mutate’: DHEC emphasizes importance of getting second dose of vaccine

DHEC is discouraging people from forgetting to get their second dose of vaccine. The current vaccines on the market, Pfizer and Moderna, both entail two shots, taken with varying lengths of time in between.

S.C. vaccine committee publishes ‘interim draft’ of who to include in Phase 1b, surveys businesses

DHEC, CDC review shows ‘South Carolina is getting fair, appropriate allocations’ of vaccine

CDC data: South Carolina has least amount of vaccine per capita in U.S.

  Vaccine Advisory Committee navigates guidance for Phase 1b as DHEC tackles vaccine distribution challenges

  ‘Quite a rollercoaster’: Local hospitals deal with quickly vaccinating Phase 1-A on top of rising COVID-19 cases

  S.C.’s Vaccine Advisory Committee considers who should be in Phase 1-B

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  ‘Nobody has talked to us’: Frustrations rise as some in Phase 1-A still wait for vaccine information

  Documents reveal how much S.C. has spent on COVID-19 vaccine preparation, distribution

  South Carolina’s utilization rate of Pfizer vaccine at 31%; Moderna vaccine still unknown

  Seeds of Distrust: The Black community, COVID-19 vaccine and historical events leading to lack of trust

  Conway Medical Center ‘ready and excited’ for shift to Phase 1-B of COVID vaccine distribution

  DHEC reports nearly 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been sent to S.C.

  Federal relief package frees up more funding for S.C.’s vaccine distribution plan

The new legislation is providing close to $9 billion to help states and jurisdictions with COVID-19 vaccine distribution expenses.

  FAQ: How will I be alerted to get the vaccine? Where do I go to get it? Will I still need to mask up?

While the vaccine rollout has been an exciting time, it has been a confusing one to many who are wondering when they can be next in line to roll up their sleeve and get the vaccine.

  VA announces, initiates COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for centers across country; Charleston VA waiting for Moderna vaccine

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

  Can snowbirds get the vaccine? Which phase of distribution am I in? Answering more of your FAQs

So much is still up in the air about the COVID-19 vaccine, but WMBF News is forging ahead to find you the answers to your questions.

  Forging Ahead: Breaking down more of DHEC’s COVID-19 vaccine update

DHEC provides information on COVID-19 vaccine symptoms, cyberterrorism threats

  Horry County Council drops local regulations over mining industry

  White House COVID-19 report: Myrtle Beach area added to red zone for cases

  DHEC updates vaccine distribution plan ahead of anticipated rollout in December

  DHEC: South Carolina to receive 200K-300K COVID-19 vaccine doses by end of 2020

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

Hospitals across South Carolina could start receiving the first round of COVID-19 vaccines in a matter of weeks.

SLED investigation details misconduct in office allegations against former Marion police chief

Keith Parks resigned as the head of the Marion Police Department in November after being on the job less than two months.

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.

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.

  Forging Ahead: Vaccine Advisory Committee member provides insight into COVID-19 vaccines for children

The Vaccine Advisory Committee includes health care organizations, minority groups, those from the faith community and many others.

FAQs: Questions related to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in S.C.

WMBF News has asked viewers to submit the questions they have about how a COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in South Carolina.

  Forging Ahead: DHEC leaders break down South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

With less than two months to the close of 2020, we are on the cusp of an anticipated rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Department of Revenue issues $500 fine to bar near CCU for violating governor’s order

Documents show a popular bar near Coastal Carolina University was fined for not abiding by the governor’s order.

SCDOT places ‘No Parking’ signs at popular Murrells Inlet trail lot; working to modify parking area

New signs in a small dirt lot, have made it harder for some people to enjoy a popular walk and bike trail in Murrells Inlet, according to a number of WMBF viewers.

Horry County Council votes in favor of removing mining from zoning regulations

The issue of where mining can happen in Horry County is one step closer to being out of the hands of county leaders.

  Horry County ordinance could make it harder for property owners to fight future mining operations

Ahead of Tuesday night’s county council meeting, some concerned Horry County residents are calling on neighbors to make their voices heard.

Data shows pandemic impact on Grand Strand tourism-related tax revenues

Tourism has taken a big hit this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Hearing for Murrells Inlet biker bar battling to keep alcohol license pushed to February

A popular Murrells Inlet biker bar will wait three more months before arguing why it should be allowed to keep its alcohol license.

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

Nurse practitioners are questioning their own education at some colleges. There’s no national standard on how to educate nurse practitioners, while medical education for doctors was standardized more than 100 years ago.

Report: Trooper’s vehicle bumped into woman lying along Hwy. 501 in Conway area

A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper bumped into a woman lying in the middle of the road with his state-issued vehicle, according to a traffic collision report obtained by WMBF Investigates.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Water problems, HOA complaints create perfect storm of issues in Grand Strand

For residents living in flat and retirement-driven areas like the Grand Strand, a problem familiar to many are issues with homeowners associations and water.

ZIP CODE BREAKDOWN: DHEC data shows rise in COVID-19 cases in Horry County zip codes

While Horry County as a whole saw fewer cases last week compared to the week before, some zip codes are seeing steady rises in the number of cases.

  Closing and Cashing In: Coronavirus relief funding goes to colleges with histories of financial instability and plans to close

The federal government allocated nearly half a billion in CARES Act funds to colleges the government considered not financially responsible. Some colleges received money after announcing their plans to close for good.

City of Myrtle Beach says judge’s approval of hospitality fee settlement another step closer to resolution

A spokesperson for the city of Myrtle Beach says they’re “pleased to be one step closer to the final resolution of the Hospitality Fee dispute.”

  Election officials explain options for voting before Election Day 2020

Voting during a global pandemic has led to new options available to every registered voter.

  ‘I am unrecognizable’: Medical tourist surpasses weight loss goal

It’s a series called "Fighting for My Life and that’s exactly what Will Smink did was fight for his life.

Marion Co. animal shelter director under investigation for alleged embezzlement

The Marion County Animal Shelter’s director is under investigation for allegations of embezzlement, according to a SLED spokesperson.

  ‘It is literally one of the best feelings in the world’: Medical tourist returns home

One man traveled 2,517 miles - roughly 37 hours drive time - to Tijuana, Mexico to undergo what he calls a life-saving procedure.

  ‘There’s always that small little fear of what if I don’t wake up’: The decision to be a medical tourist

Every year, millions of Americans leave the United States in order to save money on medications and surgeries.

  ‘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.

  Fact-checking South Carolina’s U.S. Senate candidates after first debate

A lot can be said while taking to the podium upon a debate stage - and sometimes claims asserted can be lost in the mix.

  SENATE RACE DATA: Graham, Harrison races spend millions on Facebook ads

In 2020, digital advertising for political campaigns is being utilized like never before.

  COVID-19 budget cuts force Myrtle Beach to offer early retirement to certain city employees

For the first time, WMBF News is learning the true impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the city of Myrtle Beach’s government.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Federal assistance program implemented in state, locals concerned over potential identity theft

The latest form of federal unemployment aid, the Lost Wages Assistance program, is finally here in South Carolina.

  Murrells Inlet biker bar to call in extra help to ensure safe pre-bike rally week event

The South Carolina Department of Commerce explained why it reversed its decision to allow a popular Murrells Inlet biker bar to hold a fall pre-bike rally week event this weekend.

Murrells Inlet biker bar heads to court in November to fight to keep alcohol license

A court date has been set for a Murrells Inlet biker bar whose alcohol license is in jeopardy.

S.C. Dept. of Commerce reverses decision, allows Murrells Inlet biker bar to hold pre-bike week rally

A popular Murrells Inlet biker bar will be allowed to hold a fall pre-bike week rally this weekend.

  Horry County man creates Facebook group to catch pedophiles

A man created a Facebook group that he said aims to protect the kids of Horry County, and he spoke exclusively to WMBF News about his mission.

  CCU explains reasoning behind data disclosed on COVID-19 dashboard, introduces new dataset

WMBF Investigates spoke with those tasked with coordinating Coastal Carolina University’s response to the pandemic and presenting vital information to the public via a weekly-updated dashboard.

  Documents show popular Murrells Inlet biker bar will fight to keep alcohol license

A popular Murrells Inlet biker bar will fight to keep its alcohol license, according to documents from the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

  S.C. Dept. of Revenue seeks to revoke Murrells Inlet biker bar’s alcohol license

A popular Murrells Inlet biker bar could lose its alcohol license for violating the governor’s executive orders.

  CDC: ‘COVID-19 exposure’ should be left off of death certificates

WMBF Investigates is continuing to look into a local death certificate originally mislabeled with COVID-19, to find more on what kind of oversight exists.

  DHEC: COVID-19 case count grows in South Carolina schools

After state officials released their first set of data on Friday, South Carolina student and school employee coronavirus infections have reportedly risen.

  Grand Strand family frustrated after mother’s death certificate amended to say ’COVID-19 exposure’

In the Part Two section of the certificate, which lists other significant conditions contributing to death, COVID-19 exposure is identified.

  DHEC clarifies ’misunderstanding’ surrounding CDC data on COVID-19-related deaths

State health officials are clarifying a misunderstanding around recently-released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding deaths associated with COVID-19.

  ‘It’s like a slap in the face’: Grand Strand family finds COVID-19 mislabeled on mother’s death certificate

One Grand Strand family has been in limbo for weeks - because their mother’s death certificate blames COVID-19 for her passing, and they say that’s simply not the case.

SLED hands out violations to Grand Strand, Pee Dee businesses for disobeying governor’s executive orders

The State Law Enforcement Division has responded to hundreds of complaints about businesses that are violating the governor’s executive orders.

  Prosecuted and Paid: Government doles out billions in coronavirus relief money to companies that paid out millions in fraud-related cases

More than 200 companies that paid the federal government for fraud related accusations in the last decade received billions of dollars in unsolicited relief money as part of the coronavirus bailout package.

  COVID Data: Horry Co. reached highest levels of reported testing early July

Across South Carolina, recent numbers show fewer people are being tested for the coronavirus.

  Educational barriers heightened for special needs students during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread effects on children's learning. Special education students have felt this strongly.

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.

DHEC’s public lab unable to use thousands of contaminated materials from federal government

The Department of Health and Environmental Control’s lab received thousands of unusable supplies for COVID-19 testing, according to a South Carolina State Emergency Response Team spokesperson.

WMBF Investigates: The cost of fighting COVID-19 in South Carolina

As of June 1, DHEC has spent $13,374,865.71 from its Act 116 COVID-19 Response Account.

  Horry County seeing uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in younger people

Horry County has been seeing an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in younger individuals, according to information from state health officials.

WMBF Investigates: Review of Grand Strand police departments’ policies on use of force following Trump’s executive order

WMBF News reached out to the county and city law enforcement agencies in Horry County to see what policies and guidelines those agencies already have in place.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  ‘I won’t give COVID-19 the glory’: Horry County woman doesn’t understand why virus attacked her family

One Horry County family is in the middle of an ugly battle against COVID-19.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

  ‘Wiping us out’: Community leaders concerned about COVID-19 affecting black communities

New data released from the South Carolina Department of Department of Health and Environmental Control shows 36% of positive COVID-19 cases in the state are black.

  South Carolina ranks low for COVID-19 tests based on population

Despite an increase in testing in recent weeks, South Carolina still ranks in the bottom half of the country for COVID-19 tests performed based on population.

  WMBF Investigates: Multiple South Carolina counties lack general hospital beds

Eight counties across the state have no general hospital and a third of the state's counties report less than 100 general hospital beds, according to data on licensed health facilities by SCDHEC.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.