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.

  COVID shot could cause reaction in people who get Botox

  S.C. will use SCANA CEO’s $5 million fine to help customers pay electric bills

  Cyber experts weigh in after Georgetown County ransomware attack

  ‘These are superspreader settings’: Maskless crowds seen after S.C. bar restrictions lifted

Police: Scam alert in Goose Creek

  Live 5 Investigates: Lack of resources for female veterans in the Lowcountry

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Commissioners accuse former S.C. agency director of mishandling sexual harassment matter

  Top tax questions ahead of filing deadline

  Fact or Fiction: Do COVID survivors still need the vaccine?

  Power grid expert gives South Carolina a ‘C’ in winter weather preparedness

  Live 5 Scambusters: Isolation of pandemic creates void for scammers

You Paid For It: $360K of accommodations taxes funding PGA shuttle system

  S.C ambulance company: Without more funding, hurricane evacuations of hospitals may take longer

A South Carolina private ambulance company is warning the pandemic’s impact on their industry may make it “impossible” to evacuate nursing homes and hospitals as quickly as they usually do ahead of hurricanes.

  You Paid For It: Lunches for Lab Workers

A review of state credit card expenses revealed a string of lunch charges in DHEC’s spending records.

  Fact or Fiction: Does the CDC suggest doubling up masks?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask protocols this week after research showed that two face masks can be much better than one at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

  Thousands of vaccine-eligible S.C. residents don’t have driver’s licenses, prompting access concerns

Thousands of vaccine-eligible South Carolina residents don’t have a license and others can’t get themselves to vaccine appointments, so now some are asking the state for help.

  Tax filing tips from the IRS

  Lowcountry dentists notice uptick in oral health problems during pandemic

  Williamsburg Co. School District tapping into program to hire teachers from abroad

  Smokers could be eligible for COVID vaccine in Phase 1C ahead of general public

  Local school districts pay $4,000+ per TFA teacher recruited

  State treasurer calls Teach For America a ‘financial boondoggle’ for S.C. taxpayers

  Live 5 Scambusters: Stimulus payment scams deemed ‘common’

As lawmakers debate another round of stimulus payments, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is warning people about scams.

  You Paid For It: Repairs made to King Street after brick archway collapses

Stormwater workers had to make some quick emergency repairs on King Street after noticing bricks under the road were collapsing.

  State pays $2000 to Charleston man following lawsuit for wrongful arrest

Attorneys say if officers had allowed their client to go to his home, or if they simply ran a search of the police online database, they would have known that Alexander did indeed have a concealed weapons permit, and the arrest could have been avoided.

  Charleston County schools invest $700K in new technology for virtual learners

With hundreds of students still learning from home because of the pandemic, the Charleston County School District decided to invest in some new technology.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Never pay to ‘jump the line’ for coronavirus vaccines

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs says the most common pandemic-related scam currently relates to vaccine availability.

  ‘We’re getting tired:’ S.C. nurses share experience inside COVID units

Some frontline workers said they are “exhausted” as patients fill more than 80-percent of the available hospital beds statewide and as COVID units approach capacity.

  More than 100 S.C. school nurses using smart thermometers to track fevers, potential outbreaks

Students in more than 100 South Carolina schools are now using smart thermometers, allowing nurses to track fevers and potential outbreaks down to specific grade levels.

  Prison workers union calls for action on COVID-19 outbreak at FCI Williamsburg

The president of a union representing employees of a federal prison in Williamsburg County is accusing the facility’s leadership of making a decision that led to skyrocketing COVID-19 cases behind bars.

  Charleston police release disciplinary histories of officers involved in Jason Cooper’s death

New information has been released about the law enforcement officers involved in the death of a North Charleston man last week on the peninsula.

Family files lawsuit against driver, passenger after son killed by runaway utility trailer

The family of a 24-year-old man who was killed by a runaway utility trailer in Georgetown has filed a lawsuit against the driver and passenger of the vehicle involved in the incident.

  Victim advocates fight SC shortage of nurses trained to conduct rape kits

A shortage of nurses and doctors in South Carolina who are specially trained to conduct forensic exams on sexual assault survivors has some victim advocates worried that rapists are going unpunished because survivors don’t have access to the resources they need to pursue justice.

  S.C. Superintendent says schools need to offer in-person option, warns against winter sports

As many South Carolina school districts plan to return only online next week, State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman is urging them to reconsider and reopen in person.

  Concerns mount as COVID-19 cases increase at Williamsburg Co. federal prison

Relatives of people incarcerated at a Lowcountry federal prison say they are concerned as reports of COVID-19 cases behind the walls of the facility have skyrocketed over the last week.

  Thousands in SC wait for broadband internet access as deadline looms

Companies working to install fiber to give more South Carolinians broadband internet access face a deadline this week some may not be able to meet.

COVID-19 cases increasing at Williamsburg County federal prison

Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg now has 24 confirmed active coronavirus cases among inmates and eight cases among employees.

  Family wants law strengthened after son killed by runaway utility trailer

This Christmas will mark the first without the Hayes’ loved one. Corey Hayes, 24, died in a crash along US 701 in Georgetown on June 17.

  More S.C. parents saying no to common vaccines

In a year where people have been waiting for a coronavirus vaccine, a portion of parents seem to be foregoing the common vaccines when it comes to their children.

  Dorchester Co. Coastal Center cited for failure to follow COVID safety guidelines

A Dorchester County long-term care facility for people with disabilities failed to follow infection control procedures amid an ongoing COVID outbreak among residents and workers, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  S.C. superintendent ‘alarmed’ as school districts report increase in number of failing students

State Superintendent Molly Spearman, who leads the South Carolina Department of Education, said she’s alarmed by the increase in the number of students failing at least one class in the first nine weeks of the school year.

  S.C. superintendent not told about governor’s announcement on school testing program

State Superintendent Molly Spearman, who leads the South Carolina Department of Education, said in an email to the state’s superintendents that she was not given “advance notice” of Gov. Henry McMaster’s announcement about rapid COVID-19 testing for schools.

  School board members push for answers after unexplained $100k ‘student injury’ settlement

Some Charleston County School Board members said they have not been given details about a $100,000 “student injury” settlement paid out by the district this year, and now a couple of them are pushing for answers.

  You Paid For It: Construction to start soon on new pedestrian bridge in McClellanville

Construction for a new pedestrian bridge in McClellanville will finally be underway in the next couple of months.

  After Lowcountry man’s death, Live 5 investigates increase in local ketamine usage

James Britt, Jr. was injected with ketamine by Charleston County EMS outside Mount Pleasant’s Snee Farm community.

  Charleston Co. Schools pays out $100k for ‘student injury,’ refuses to explain

The Charleston County School District paid out $100,000 in a settlement earlier this year, but the district’s lawyers are now refusing to fully release the public documents that would explain why.

  Some parents and school leaders question COVID case reporting

Some parents and private school leaders say they are struggling to trust how positive cases of the coronavirus in classrooms are being reported.

  Infectious disease expert calls maskless crowds outside downtown Charleston bars ‘stunningly stupid’

An infectious disease expert is calling on the City of Charleston to do “much more” after two videos surfaced showing crowds of maskless people outside downtown bars for two straight weekends.

  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.

  Deadline for Boy Scout abuse claims in bankruptcy court

As sex abuse cases against the Boy Scouts of America continue, attorneys here in the Lowcountry are handling many of the national claims in bankruptcy court.

  Charleston Co. Elections hopes changes will help Election Day lines

“Monumental” is the word Charleston County Elections Executive Director Joe Debney used to describe this year’s election.

  Live 5 Scambusters: A boss in need of a favor may be a scammer in disguise

An email or text from your boss probably warrants an immediate response but if your boss asks a favor you may want to pause for a second.

  25 COVID-19 cases reported at Coastal Center; four dorms quarantined

A Dorchester County facility that has more than 140 residents and employs nearly 350 people is once again in the midst of an active COVID-19 outbreak.

  Former S.C. prison warden, associate get thousands in payout after inmate escape

The former warden and associate warden of Lieber Correctional Institute in Ridgeville got paid a combined $35,500 in a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

  COVID-19 outbreak causes concerns at Coastal Center in Summerville

More coronavirus concerns are cropping up at a state-run facility that serves roughly 140 people with disabilities and special needs in Dorchester County.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about phony DMV websites

State Departments of Motor Vehicles offer many of their services online if citizens don’t feel comfortable going in person, but the Better Business Bureau says scammers are taking advantage.

‘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.

  CDC recommendations for trick or treating

Experts say the idea of Halloween this year is extra scary when you think about strangers interacting in the middle of the COVID pandemic.

  Charleston Co. schools plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccine when available

The race for a COVID-19 vaccine is on, and Charleston County schools are getting ready for the moment one is approved. The school district hired a vaccination nurse who started Tuesday.

  Live 5 Scambusters: New study shows COVID-19 scams jumped nearly 50,000% earlier this year

As the Coronavirus pandemic stretches into another month, the reports of COVID-related scams keep piling up.

  Packed Moncks Corner rodeo event raises COVID-19 concerns

A rodeo held last week on public property in Berkeley County drew large crowds, raising questions over how such an event was able to take place in the midst of a pandemic.

  Cardiologist encourages heart checks for some student athletes after COVID-19 recovery

Some health experts are raising new concerns about the lasting impacts of the coronavirus on the hearts of student athletes. Dr. Lanier Jackson, a pediatric cardiologist for the Medical University of South Carolina, is concerned about a potentially deadly complication that can linger long after.

  Residents concerned about plans for new sewage pump station on Thomas Island

Construction on a long-awaited sewage pump station project in Berkeley County is expected to start next week, but some people who live near the site say they just learned about the plans over the summer and are not happy.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Online network provides scam resources for seniors

As millions of elderly Americans fall victim to fraud, a network of state agencies and organizations offer resources for seniors to fight the scammers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: A package waiting for delivery may be a scam

If you’re a big online shopper and receive frequent packages at home, scammers could be targeting you.

  At least 400 Charleston businesses have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic

At least 416 businesses have closed across the City of Charleston, according to city code enforcement officials.

  A local look at college COVID-19 reporting

College and universities depend on COVID-19 data to shape policies and procedures for campus operations, but not all South Carolina schools are reporting COVID cases the same way.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about spoofed pages to hide poor ratings

The Better Business Bureau offers ratings for hundreds of thousands of businesses based on their performance and customer service, but a new BBB warning shows the ratings aren’t always what they seem.

  Four million Americans waited more than 4 weeks for their first unemployment check

Millions of Americans have waited more than 4 weeks to get their first unemployment check. State offices, overwhelmed with claims, calls and emails have lagged in processing claims.

  You Paid For It: Charleston Co. schools spent millions protecting students, faculty from COVID-19

School is in full swing and districts are spending millions of dollars making sure students and staff are safe during the pandemic.

  CDC reporting ‘troubling’ drop in vaccinations for kids during COVID-19 pandemic

The CDC reported what it calls a “troubling” drop in routine vaccinations for kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.The agency said while families followed public health warnings about staying home during the pandemic, “an unfortunate result was many missed routine vaccinations.”

  Live 5 Scambusters: Water slides ordered but something else is delivered

Parents looking for ways to keep kids entertained at home are buying water slides and swing sets at bargain prices but something much different is being delivered.

  Teachers: Different strategies planned for keeping attendance this upcoming school year

After thousands of students weren’t heard from when the state went fully online in March, teachers say they have concocted a new plan on keeping attendance.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says sweepstakes scams are using the COVID-19 pandemic, targeting seniors more

If you’ve won the lottery or sweepstakes you don’t have to pay anything to get your money, but some people are still sending thousands of dollars to scammers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Finding free education on a variety of scams

Education is key when it comes to recognizing scams and knowing the red flags can save you from becoming a victim.

Dept. of Consumer Affairs offers free help to spot job scams

Rising unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic has left many people desperate to find work and given scammers more ammunition.

  ’Pandemic Pod’ organizers could face penalties if they operate without SC childcare license

Pandemic Pods have emerged as a classroom alternative for children who will be starting their school year virtually.

  South Carolina disabilities department reports 36 COVID-19 deaths

More than a thousand people who either work for or depend on the services of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Charleston Co. Schools spends $1.2 million on virtual academy they may not fully use

The Charleston County School District spent $1.2 million creating its Virtual Academy, its long-term virtual option, but part of it may now be scrapped for the start of the year.

  You Paid For It: New yard waste process should save county money

The Bees Ferry landfill in West Ashley brought in about 70,000 tons of yard waste alone last year.