Coronavirus

  ‘We’re surviving’: Mother, daughter battle COVID-19 at same Calif. hospital

The two believe the mother came into contact with someone who had COVID-19 while working at Walgreens.

  McMaster visiting COVID-19 vaccination center in North Charleston on Tuesday

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

  Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

  State health officials requesting more COVID-19 vaccines after decrease in allotment

  ‘I had the feeling of impending doom’: COVID survivor urges plasma donation

‘Our top priority right now is giving those shots’: McMaster urges S.C. hospitals to speed up COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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  Publix to provide COVID-19 vaccines by appointment starting this week

  SC reports just under 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

  Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to COVID-19

Tidelands Health begins vaccinating adults 70 and older

  Mother dies from COVID-19 weeks after giving birth to 3rd child

  SC reports more than 4,500 new COVID-19 cases, 76 new deaths

  Charleston County School District parents respond to COVID-19 notification changes

While the parents say it’s a step in the right direction, they also say increased transparency surrounding COVID cases in the classroom should be expanded to middle and high schools as well.

Colleton County detective dies after catching COVID-19

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says one of their detectives has died after contracting COVID-19.

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

The couple had many plans for 2021, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Their friends hope their deaths serve as a stark message about the importance of the vaccine.

  SC reports more than 4,600 new COVID-19 cases, ‘systems issue’ resolved

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says a problem that affected the number of new cases reported has been corrected.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital canceling COVID-19 vaccine appointments due to decrease in expected shipment

  SC Hospital Association: Hospitals will receive ‘significantly less’ COVID-19 vaccine next week

  MUSC vaccinating 3,000 - 4,000 a day; leaders plan for expanded sites statewide

  CCSD elementary school parents will receive notification on classroom COVID-19 cases

Fetter Health Care Network launching vaccination clinics for Phase 1 distribution

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

  McMaster asks S.C. hospitals to reduce elective surgeries to help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout

On Wednesday, S.C. began allowing those 70 and older to schedule appointments to receive the vaccine.

  Mt. Pleasant longterm facility receiving first round of vaccines

Somerby Senior Living in Mount Pleasant started vaccinating workers and residents on Friday and will finish up the first round of doses Saturday. In all, around 300 more people are getting inoculated from the coronavirus.

Charleston County Schools extends sports suspension

The Charleston County School District will extend the suspension of athletic competition for at least another week.

  SC reports 1,845 new COVID-19 cases, ‘systems issue’ still an issue

As the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control continues to report an “internal systems issue” it says is affecting COVID-19 counts, it reported 1,845 newly-confirmed cases Friday.

  Roper St. Francis announces drive-thru vaccination plans

Roper St. Francis Healthcare will implement drive-thru vaccinations at the North Charleston Coliseum beginning Wednesday.

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

The milestone was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

N.C. reaches 8 million COVID-19 tests taken

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

He has been acting as a top pandemic adviser to Biden and his appointment was announced Friday by the presidential transition office.

  New 80-acre Dorchester County park to open this summer

Dorchester County leaders expect construction on the new Ashley River Park to be complete within six months.

  West Ashley Park construction on track after delays

Plans for a West Ashley waterfront park included an opening to the public for this month, but construction has yet to begin.

  MUSC faculties urging minority communities to take COVID-19 vaccine

As thousands of people across the state are signing up to get a COVID-19 vaccine, health professionals at the Medical University of South Carolina are urging communities of color to do the same.

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

The Biden plan comes as a divided nation remains caught in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 380,000 Americans have died.

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had largely been given priority in most places around the U.S.

Summerville extends mask ordinance for the next 60 days

The town of Summerville has extended its mask ordinance. Town council voted Thursday night to extend the ordinance for the next 60 days.

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Calls to hotlines reporting suspected abuse are down compared to 2019, while calls to support centers from hard-up families seeking assistance have increased.

  With glitch still present, SC reports 4,809 new COVID-19 cases

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says the latest round of COVID-19 tests confirmed 4,809 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths.

Post Malone donates 10,000 Crocs to frontline workers

The new Crocs were released last month. They sold out in less than an hour.

Pope Francis gets first dose of COVID vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Vatican.

  US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck.

  WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic origins

Scientists suspect the virus that has killed 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals.

  EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for?

The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Firefighters raise money for elderly woman who lost son’s ashes in house fire

The 76-year-old woman had a tough 2020. Her son died from COVID-19, and she lost two houses, one due to money problems and the other to fire.

  COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson successful in early trials

Johnson & Johnson is contracted to deliver 100 million vaccine doses to the U.S. government if it wins approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Georgetown, Dorchester District 2 schools plan return to face-to-face instruction

Two Lowcountry school districts are making plans for in-person instruction in the coming weeks.

  US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count.

DHEC Care Line receives over 5,000 calls Wednesday morning; doubling number of call operators

The phone line designated to help those 70 and older with making COVID-19 vaccine appointments, was inundated with calls Wednesday morning.

  For some, scheduling COVID-19 vaccine proves a struggle

A mad rush of people at least 70 years old and older who can now officially get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine created backups, broken websites and made it nearly impossible to reach a vaccination hotline for information.

  Roper St. Francis Hospital becomes testing ground for new potential COVID-19 treatments

Roper St. Francis Hospital experimented with an antibody therapy called CERC-002 that has shown positive impacts for patients who are hospitalized with complications caused by COVID-19.

  SC reports more than 4,600 new COVID-19 cases, but errors in counts persist

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 4,673 new COVID-19 cases, but says those numbers still are being effected by an “internal systems issue.”

  IRS gets more COVID-19 relief payments out after delays

A number of people who filed their taxes with an online preparation service initially found that their economic impact payment did not make it to them directly. The IRS and tax preparation service companies say they've been working diligently to resolve the issue.

  Vaccine time: How to overcome your fear of needles

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, but for millions of Americans, a fear of needles may make the decision to get the vaccine even harder.

  South Carolinians 70 and older can now make appointments for COVID-19 vaccine

As of Wednesday, people in South Carolina who are 70 years old or older can make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

WATCH LIVE: DHEC hosts state-wide news conference on COVID-19 vaccine

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says they will hold a 30-minute statewide briefing to provide an update on COVID-19 and the state’s roll out efforts.

  Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation.

DHEC seeks help filling vital COVID-19 vaccination positions

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says they are looking for any qualified individuals to help administer COVID-19 vaccines.

  Citadel cadets returning to campus

The Citadel says although cadets are returning to campus, the school is organizing the return this winter a little differently than it did this fall.

  SC starts program to help residents pay rent, mortgage

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority says they are launching a program to help renters and homeowners who have struggled to pay their bills because of the pandemic and quarantine.

  ‘I thought I had a lifetime’: Wife watches husband’s decline from COVID-19 via FaceTime

Doctors say the husband and father of three will need a lung transplant to live, but he needs to be more stable for surgery.

  Veterans, friends of more than 70 years vaccinated for COVID-19 together

The two friends are staying connected despite the COVID-19 pandemic, going together to get their first doses of the vaccine at a Veterans Affairs medical facility.

  Charleston criminal justice leaders discuss COVID-19 impacts on system

Criminal justice leaders in Charleston county are still facing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Lowcountry school districts update plans amid ongoing COVID-19 surge

Some Lowcountry school districts are modifying plans that could keep students in virtual learning for extended periods.

  SC lawmakers face a full slate of priorities as they begin the new session

After being forced to finish their session early last year because of COVID-19, South Carolina state lawmakers returned to Columbia Tuesday with a full agenda already set.

  SC’s vaccine distribution plans cause confusion

The confusion continues to grow as the vaccination rollout expands to encompass a new group of people, but not a new phase in the established plan.

  SC blames ongoing ‘systems issue’ on low counts of new COVID-19 cases

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported fewer than 1,400 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

  DHEC explains how people 70+ can schedule COVID-19 vaccine

A phone line people can call for help in setting a vaccine appointment had a one-hour wait time Tuesday, the day before more South Carolinians become eligible for the vaccine.

  Dorchester District 2 extends virtual learning through end of January

Dorchester County School District 2′s board extended virtual learning for students during Tuesday night’s board meeting.

SC superintendent calls for teachers to be moved to top of phase 1b for COVID-19 vaccine

Some teachers have also expressed concern for not having paid sick leave or time off if they get the virus or have to quarantine.

  US to require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

CDC: All passengers entering US must first test negative for COVID-19

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed a new order Tuesday that will require air passengers entering the United States to prove they do not have COVID-19.

  US shifts to speed vaccinations; won’t hold back 2nd doses

States determine who should get the vaccine based on CDC guidelines.

College students prepare to return to class after Winter Break

College students are returning to class after Winter Break and both the Citadel and College of Charleston are actively planning strategies to stave of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

WHAT TO KNOW: Those in S.C. 70 and older can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments Wednesday

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 13, S.C. residents aged 70 and older can start making appointments to get the vaccine.

  US cancer rates drop record amount, impact of COVID uncertain

Fewer people are smoking, cancers are being detected earlier and treatments have advanced.

‘We are tired of seeing people die’: Orangeburg doctor warns hospital is almost full

In Orangeburg, hospital capacity has climbed to 92.6 percent, with Regional Medical Center staff saying every COVID unit is essentially full.

Charleston to host Stimulus Webinar for Small Businesses

The City of Charleston Business Services Division says they have partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to host a free webinar on the second round of stimulus payments.

  China says WHO experts to visit Wuhan in virus origins probe

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the experts will arrive in Wuhan on Thursday. Other details of their schedule haven’t been announced and the central government’s National Health Commission offered no further information.

  Mother of 6 dies from COVID-19 days after doctors deliver baby

With the mother reportedly having no underlying conditions other than pregnancy, her family wants to make it clear how dangerous COVID-19 can be.

  Charleston Co. school leaders share vaccine plans, consider COVID notification changes

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Charleston County, school district leaders are finalizing plans for vaccinating staff.