Coronavirus

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

SC reports 447 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

  SC health department pauses use of J&J vaccine

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

  Walk-in vaccine clinic hosted in North Charleston

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

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  155 breakthrough COVID-19 cases reported in SC: What are they?

  FEMA money helping families pay for funerals of COVID-19 victims

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

N.C.’s COVID-19 hospitalizations remain under 1K, with 30.1% of adults fully vaccinated

SC reports 453 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus.

  Charleston County opens rental assistance program

Residents of Charleston County struggling to make rent and utility payments during the COVID-19 pandemic might now be able to apply for relief funding.

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

SC reports 588 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 2 confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says the latest round of COVID-19 tests confirmed 588 new cases across the state.

‘I’m very concerned’: Advocates react to low vaccination rate of Hispanic and Latino communities in SC

COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled in the Lowcountry

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

  Employees report feeling more anxiety as dates set for their return to in-person work

SC reports more than 600 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases for 2nd straight day

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

Janssen weekly vaccine allocation to drop by 88% next week for South Carolina

The week of April 5, South Carolina was allocated 73,500 doses, while on the 12th it will receive 8,700.

  Probable COVID-19 case counts triple in SC; state health officials blame more antigen testing options

The number of probable COVID-19 cases has increased in South Carolina in recent weeks, and state health officials believe this is due to more antigen tests being done.

  In year of pandemic, ‘big pool of peer pressure’ means even more struggles for college students

One in five college students has engaged in self-harm, according to a study from the National Institutes of Health before the pandemic began.

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

SC reports more than 600 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says 632 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the latest batch of test results released Friday.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

  COVID Arm vs. severe allergic reaction to vaccine

Have you heard of COVID Arm?The condition doesn’t have anything to do with contacting the COVID virus; it refers to a red, itchy, swollen and sometimes painful rash that can develop on your arm where you get a COVID 19 vaccine.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  SC reports 495 new COVID-19 cases, 20 confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the latest batch of COVID-19 tests revealed almost 500 new confirmed cases and 20 confirmed deaths.

  MUSC: Statewide immunity to coronavirus at about 60%

Officials at the Medical University of South Carolina say they are shocked after they say experts at the hospital estimated statewide immunity to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has hit about 60%.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

Mount Pleasant mayor tests negative after possible COVID-19 exposure

Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said Thursday morning he has tested negative for COVID-19 after spending days in quarantine.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

  Treatment available for loss of taste and smell from COVID-19

Doctors at ENT and Allergy Partners in the Lowcountry say they are seeing more people seeking treatment after losing their smell and taste from COVID-19. The practice is formally known as Charleston ENT and Allergy.

Governments, politicians debate vaccine passport requirements

The idea of vaccine passports — a form of proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — has already become controversial, as local government and businesses consider whether to require them

SC reports 324 new COVID-19 cases, jump in percent-positive

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the latest batch of COVID-19 tests revealed 324 new confirmed cases.

Charleston County leads state in number of COVID-19 vaccine doses given

The latest data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control shows more COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Charleston County than in any of the state’s other 45 counties.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

Attorney: S.C. employers could fire an employee who doesn’t want to work in-person

A lot of workers are comfortable working from home, but as vaccine eligibility rises many offices are opening back up full-time.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

SC reports 358 new COVID-19 cases, no confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported no confirmed or probable deaths from COVID-19 in the latest data Tuesday afternoon.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

CDC awards SC COVID-19 vaccine program expansion over $47 million

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they have awarded South Carolina $47,187,039 to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

  McMaster sued over order bringing all remaining S.C. state employees back to the workplace

At issue is McMaster’s March 5 order that advised state agencies to “immediately expedite” the return of non-essential state employees to in-person work.

  Fetter Health hosts Edisto vaccination clinic, deputies give rides

Fetter Health Care will be administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Edisto Island.

Town of Sullivan’s Island extends mask mandate

Council voted to pass the ordinance Monday night which directs customers and workers at business establishments to wear face masks. People must also wear face masks while interacting with people in or on outdoor spaces including parks, playgrounds, and beach access points.

  Doctors see rise in serious COVID-19 complication in children in SC

With concerns of a fourth COVID-19 wave, doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina are warning that it could make a growing number of COVID-19 complications in children worse statewide.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

United Way, partners providing PPE in the Lowcountry

A partnership for non-profits in the Lowcountry has led to several community resources being able to stay open safely.

  Columbia Place Mall to become mass vaccination site, White House says

The site will be able to give out about 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day, officials said.

SC reports 641 new COVID-19 cases, 7 confirmed deaths

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the latest batch of test results confirmed just over 600 new cases of COVID-19 statewide.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  Allergies or COVID? Symptoms allergists say you should be on the lookout for

As allergy season descends upon the Lowcountry, many people showing symptoms are wondering is it allergies? Or could it be COVID?

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

  Hollywood plans for soft reopening of public areas

Hollywood town officials say they are planning a soft reopening of parks and public buildings, but not for another two months.

  Pandemic precautions remain for many Churches celebrating Easter

This Easter, pandemic precautions are still top of mind for churches across the Lowcountry.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

Colleges plan ‘Virtual Fair’

Several South Carolina colleges say they will be hosting a Virtual College Fair for junior high and high school students.

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

FTC warns of new COVID-19 vaccine survey scam

Attempts to steal your money and information usually range from online dating to unemployment benefits scams.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

  New record for pandemic-era air travel set Friday

The Transportation Security Administration says they have screened more than 1.5 million people at airports on Friday.

  Couple married 72 years reunite after pandemic kept them apart

While the couple have had socially distant visits, but they weren’t nearly enough as the long-awaited real ones.