COVID-19 Updates

  ‘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.

  Governor McMaster says he will order hospitals to put off elective surgeries if vaccinations don’t speed up

  Clarendon County left with no vaccination options as federal distribution slows roll-out

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

  Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

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

  DHEC reports 2,946 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths Monday

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  Publix to begin providing COVID-19 vaccines by appointment starting Wednesday

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

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

  Former Myrtle Beach mayor John Rhodes dies after battle with COVID-19

  DHEC reports 4,584 new COVID-19 cases, 76 deaths Sunday

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

  Vaccine shortage in SC threatens vaccination push by hospitals

They may not have the doses to get it done.

  DHEC reports 4,671 new COVID-19 cases, 64 deaths Saturday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 346,880 and confirmed deaths to 5,577.

  Breast cancer patient expresses concern for high-risk people in need of COVID-19 vaccine

While N.C. vaccine guidelines expanded to people 65 and up, there are some people in the high risk category who believe they should be moved up on the state's list.

  Health officials aim to ramp up large-scale vaccinations for people ages 70 and up

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) gave an update on Friday, saying that they’re working with their partners to get large-scale vaccinations for those over 70 years old ramped up as quickly as possible.

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

  ‘Don’t give up.’ 74-yr-old among first patients in expanded age group to secure vaccine appointment

  Prisma Health to open drive-thru vaccine center in Columbia on Monday

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

  DHEC reports 1,845 new COVID-19 cases, 93 deaths Friday, says numbers still incomplete

  WATCH: Special report ‘COVID-19 Vaccine in SC’

  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.

  70+ age group struggles to find COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Some seniors who have had success booking an appointment will still have to wait for weeks

  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.

  Midlands nurses ‘exhausted’ as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise in SC

Melanie Matney, the president of the South Carolina Hospital Association, said many hospitals are facing rising capacity.

  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.

  Black Prisma Health physician addresses vaccine skepticism among minorities

There is nationwide concern that many minorities won’t seek out the coronavirus vaccine because of a lack of trust in the health care system.

  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.

  Orangeburg barber students provide free haircuts for frontline workers

To show frontline workers their appreciation, students at Barber Tech Academy are providing them with free haircuts while learning the trade they love.

  DHEC confirms 4,809 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, but numbers still incomplete

DHEC says the percent positive from the 18,115 tests most recently reported to them was 26.5%.

  DHEC shifts from containment to mitigation efforts as COVID-19 cases in S.C. hit ‘record levels’

State health officials said the updated efforts will begin immediately.

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.

DHEC Care Line ‘fully functional’ after high call volume on Wednesday, officials say

The Care Line is also being backed up by public information phone systems, although officials expect there to be continued high call volume.

  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.

  Veterans line up to get COVID-19 vaccines at the Columbia VA

This week, they opened up vaccinations to veterans out in the community.

  DHEC Care Line sees unprecedented call volume as thousands try to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments

The agency has doubled its call center staff from 30 employees to 61, but they still anticipate long wait times.

  HOW TO: SC residents 70 and up can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Find links and phone numbers to schedule an appointment through DHEC, Lexington Medical Center, Prisma Health and the Columbia VA.

  Prisma Health, Columbia mayor give update on vaccine

Jan. 13 is the first day anyone 70 or older in South Carolina may make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  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.

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

DHEC and its advisory committee are working to expand its scope while determining who best to bring the vaccine to next.

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.

  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.

  DHEC: 4,673 confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, but numbers still incomplete

*Wednesday’s case numbers, however, are due to an internal systems issue, according to DHEC. The agency is working with its vendor to correct the issue and will report the missing case numbers once the issue is resolved.

  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.

  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.

SCDHEC calling on qualified individuals to help with COVID vaccination, 150 positions available

Available positions include nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, administrative support and other key personnel across the state.

  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.

  Columbia NAACP and Dr. Linda Bell tackle vaccine skepticism with Q&A

On Tuesday evening, the group held a Zoom forum with Dr. Linda Bell and other community leaders to answer questions.

  Long-term care facilities near 1,700 COVID-19 deaths as Moderna vaccine rolls out

The federal government partnered with the pharmacies CVS and Walgreens to administer the vaccines on-site for willing residents and staff.

  Veterans should contact VA for COVID-19 vaccines, here’s how

Officials said it is the goal of the VA to vaccinate all enrolled veterans.

  Richland One to remain virtual through ‘at least’ end of January

The district initially moved back to eLearning when students returned from Winter Break.

  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.

  How to track delayed stimulus payments before tax season

Some people are reporting they are receiving the message “Payment Status Not Found” when tracking their payment through the IRS’ “Track My Payment” online tool.

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

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

  South Carolina State Epidemiologist receives COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Bell stated that she’d “gladly” do her part by rolling up her sleeve and getting vaccinated.

  Newberry Hospital not allowing visitors due to surge in COVID-19 cases

The announcement comes after a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.

  SC announces 1,361 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 29 confirmed deaths in incomplete Tuesday report

Tuesday's low case numbers are due to an internal systems issue, according to DHEC. The agency is working with its vendor to correct the issue and will report the missing case numbers once the issue is resolved.

  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.

  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.

  ‘He is a miracle’: NY baby survives liver transplant, COVID-19

The baby boy is getting to ready to celebrate his first birthday, just months after surviving COVID-19 and receiving a liver transplant.

  US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

As of Monday morning, about 6.7 million Americans had received their first shot of the vaccine, or just 2% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Latest COVID-19 case numbers, deaths announced by DHEC incomplete

Monday's low case numbers are due to an internal systems issue, according to DHEC. The agency is working with its vendor to correct the issue and will report the missing case numbers once the issue is resolved.

UofSC shares COVID-19 precautions as spring semester gets underway

Classes at the University of South Carolina begin this week.

  COVID-19 taking toll on Los Angeles EMTs

EMTs in Los Angeles County are facing demanding shifts while helping COVID-19 patients.

  China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

A culture of secrecy, fostered by the Chinese government, is believed to have delayed warnings about the pandemic, blocked the sharing of information with the WHO and hampered early testing.

  SC First Steps expands 4K program after receiving $5 million from the governor

This week, Governor Henry McMaster dedicated $5 million dollars from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) Fund to the South Carolina First Steps 4K program to help change that.

  DHEC: 3,667 new COVID-19 cases, 48 additional deaths announced in SC Sunday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 323,855 and confirmed deaths to 5,315.