COVID-19 Updates

  Teachers call for law that protects against having to teach virtual and in-person simultaneously

Teachers call for law that protects against having to teach virtual and in-person simultaneously

  SC reports 589 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Thursday

  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

N.C.’s COVID-19 hospitalizations remain above 1K for third consecutive day

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

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  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

  DHEC officials say vaccine supply not an issue despite J&J vaccine pause

  SC reports 466 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths Wednesday

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

The CDC reports that nearly 121 million American adults have received at least one coronavirus shot.

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

Scientists said it’s important to recognize their study addresses only exposure and not transmission.

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

The medical group is encouraging pregnant and postpartum women who wish to get vaccinated to get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead, even if the J&J vaccine becomes available again.

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

Given ongoing international quarantine rules, capacity limits, complicated testing requirements and more, avoid setting your heart on a dream vacation just yet.

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

  Johnson and Johnson vaccines crucial for distribution in small SC towns

  FEMA opens mass vaccination site at Columbia Place Mall a day early

  SC pauses J&J vaccines on federal recommendation

  SC reports 447 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Tuesday

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

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

The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.

  Identifying Autism: UofSC expert speaks on how COVID-19 is impacting early diagnosis

As April marks another Autism Awareness Month, experts say the pandemic has presented challenges for identifying autism.

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

Dr. Kelly says DHEC investigates these cases but couldn’t offer more details on the health status of the 155 patients reported as of publication.

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.

  SC reports 453 new COVID-19 cases, 0 additional deaths Monday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 15,330 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.0%.

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

The San Francisco ride-hailing company said Monday that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and passenger service, reached an all-time high in March.

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Viruses constantly evolve, and the world is in a race to vaccinate millions and tamp down the coronavirus before even more mutants emerge.

  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.

  SC reports 588 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Sunday

Today’s report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 471,396 and confirmed deaths remain at 8,165.

  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.

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

Guimaraes said part of the hesitancy stems from misinformation and misconceptions about the vaccine.

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

The measure underlines the risk of trying to hold the Olympics and Paralympics during a pandemic.

  SC reports 637 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths Saturday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 23,209 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 3.7%.

  Hundreds of walk-in J&J vaccinations were offered Saturday in Eutawville

The J&J vaccine only requires one dose.

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

  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.

  ‘You Are Not Alone’: College students help others through mental health struggles in year of pandemic

Their mission is simple: to give people a safe environment to talk about their mental health.

Duke requiring new, returning students be vaccinated against COVID-19

Duke University will require all new and returning students to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before enrolling in the fall 2021 semester, the university announced Friday.

  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.

  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.

  SC reports 632 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths Friday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 22,238 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.5%.

  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.

  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.

  CDC finds no reason for concern with Johnson & Johnson vaccine following limited reactions

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services worked with the CDC and Wake County Public Health Department to investigate the limited number of cases where reactions were reported with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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

DHEC says the percent positive from the 11,376 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 5.6%.

  Citizens take advantage of LMC walk-in vaccination clinic

The clinics will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

  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.

  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.

  Rural church helping spearhead McCormick Co. vaccine rollout, which leads state per capita

As of April 5, the county has had 4,567 out of every 10,000 residents receive a dose.

  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.

  SC reports 324 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths Wednesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 6,250 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 7.9%.

  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.

SC Senate approves proposal barring mandatory COVID vaccines

The resolution advanced by senators unanimously Wednesday states that employers can’t punish or fire their workers for refusing to get the shots.

  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.

  Health experts call on young people to get vaccinated to prevent 4th wave of COVID

Health experts are raising the alarm about the danger of a possible fourth wave if young people let their guard down.

  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.

  FTC warns of new COVID-19 vaccine survey scam

The FBI and FTC said an increasing number of people who have been vaccinated are being sent a fraudulent “post-vaccine survey” via email, text message, or both.

  SC reports 358 new COVID-19 cases, 0 deaths Tuesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 10,636 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 5.0%

  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.

Health Force hosting vaccination event in Richland County

The organization will offer the Janssen vaccine.

  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.

  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.

  S.C. business owners struggle to find, retain employees as thousands file for unemployment

He said the other problem is he will fill a position, only to have the employee quit, and file for unemployment.

  DHEC Epidemiologist: Another COVID-19 surge in SC is a ‘top concern’

Kelly pointed to a slight uptick in South Carolina’s rate of new cases per 100,000 people as a warning sign.

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

DHEC says the percent positive from the 22,454 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.4%.

  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.