Health

  SC surpasses 50,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases, announces 22 more deaths Thursday

DHEC reported 1,723 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Thursday.

  Tybee city council to discuss mandatory mask mandate

  Ga. DPH reports 2,837 new cases of COVID-19

  City of Hinesville approves emergency mask mandate

Sheriff Wilcher gives COVID-19 update for the Chatham Co. Jail

  SC reports 38 deaths related to COVID-19, more than 1,500 new confirmed cases

  Memorial Heath preparing for an increase of COVID-19 patients

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  WTOC Investigates: Analysis shows Savannah businesses received hundreds of millions of dollars in PPP loans

  Statesboro Mayor encourages businesses to require face-coverings

  Medical leaders make plea for social responsibility

  Ga. DPH reports 3,420 new cases of COVID-19

Jasper Co. passes resolution urging the use of face masks in public

COVID-19 hospitalizations rise above 100 in Chatham County

SC Department of Corrections starting targeted testing at ‘hotspot’ facilities to slow spread of COVID-19

South Carolinians with loved ones behind bars said the rising number of COVID-19 cases in prisons concerns them.

  SC reports drop in COVID-19 cases with 934 Tuesday, but 19 more deaths and record-high hospitalizations

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 47,214 and confirmed deaths to 838.

  CDC releases guidelines on youth sports safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with updated guidelines for youth sports safety in the age of COVID-19.

Uninsured SC residents can apply for free COVID-19 testing

For the test to be paid for, it must be done by a health care provider who accepts Healthy Connections Medicaid.

  St. Joseph’s/Candler releases 12 month COVID-19 surge plan

  Lowcountry pediatrician encourages children to return to classroom

  Georgia passes 100,000 COVID-19 cases; more than 3,400+ reported Tuesday

  Memorial Health CEO confident staff prepared for any pandemic challenge

  Coastal Health District tests hundreds for COVID-19 during their first day at Savannah Civic Center

  Tybee Island YMCA adjusts workouts due to COVID-19 precautions

Memorial Health makes adjustments to visitor policy

Memorial University Medical Center is adjusting its visitation policy. The new changes will take effect on Tuesday, July 7.

  Beaufort County leaders respond to weekend spike in COVID-19 cases

More than 150 new cases reported over the weekend were in Beaufort County. Local leaders say part of that is due to the extensive testing it’s been done in the county in recent weeks.

  DHEC: 1,505 new cases of COVID-19, 6 additional deaths reported in SC on Monday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 46,247 and confirmed deaths to 819.

  Chatham Co. coronavirus testing site moves to the Savannah Civic Center

COVID-19 testing in Chatham County moved to the Savannah Civic Center on Monday, July 6.

  Ga. DPH reports over 1,500 new COVID-19 cases on Monday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,548 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday, July 6.

  Over 2,100 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ga. on Sunday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 2,197 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Sunday, July 5.

  Over 2,100 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ga. on Sunday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 2,826 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday, July 4.

  1,463 new cases of COVID-19, 8 additional deaths reported in SC

- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced 1,836 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 19 more confirmed deaths.

  SC reports 1,558 new COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths Friday as hospitalizations remain high

Two young adults (ages 18 to 34) were part of the 10 people who died, DHEC said.

  Over 2,700 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ga. on Friday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 2,784 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Friday, July 3.

3 TSA agents test positive for COVID-19 at Savannah airport

TSA is reporting a total of three of its screening officers have tested positive for COVID-19 this week at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

Port Wentwoth mayor warning of potential COVID-19 exposure at city council meeting

As of this morning several staff members left their regular duties to be tested today, in hopes of receiving negative test results as quickly as possible. Each of you are encouraged to go get tested as early as tomorrow if possible to prevent the illness from being spread any further. As a result o

  SC reports 1,629 new COVID-19 cases and 19 more deaths Thursday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 39,587 and confirmed deaths to 777.

American Red Cross holding blood drive at Tanger Outlets Savannah

The American Red Cross held a blood drive at Tanger Outlets Savannah in Pooler on Thursday.

  DPH reports over 3,400 new COVID-19 cases in Ga.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 3,472 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Thursday, July 2.

East Georgia Regional implementing visitor restrictions after increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations

East Georgia Regional Medical Center is treating 15 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, July 2, according to the hospital.

Top SC health officials say COVID-19 spreads by simply breathing, warns drastic action must be taken to stop spread

With the Fourth of July weekend fast approaching, McMaster reminded people about his executive order limiting gatherings.

Military recruitment has been drastically impacted by coronavirus pandemic

Staff Sergeant and Army recruiter, Roderick Harvey has been in the Army for 10 years and recruiting for a year. Sergent Harvey said his pitch to enlist is drastically different now dealing with COVID-19.

  Beaufort County Council passes ordinance requiring masks

Beaufort County Council passed the emergency ordinance requiring face coverings in certain places where people won't be able to social distance.

  DHEC reports highest number of deaths in a single day: 24 new deaths, 1,497 new COVID-19 cases

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced 1,497 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 24 more confirmed deaths.

  First day of mask mandate in City of Savannah

Day one of the mandatory mask order Savannah Mayor Van Johnson put in place is in full effect.

Kemp makes stops in SWGA on coronavirus flyaround tour

Kemp is making two stops in South Georgia today.

  First day of new mask mandate in Beaufort

For many towns and cities across the Lowcountry, Wednesday is the first day that the mandatory mask ordinance is being enforced. And many people are wondering who oversees that?

  COVID-19 surge continues in SC: Record high 1,741 new cases Tuesday, 17 more confirmed deaths

More than 1,000 people are hospitalized due to the virus as of Tuesday and the percent of positive cases based on the most recent testing is 19%.

  Town of Hilton Head Island warning visitors of face mask ordinance

Hilton Head Island has a mandatory mask ordinance in place.

  Savannah mayor signs executive order requiring face masks in public

During Savannah Mayor Van Johnson's weekly COVID-19 update Tuesday morning, he announced an emergency order requiring face masks in public spaces will go into effect July 1 at 8 a.m.

  Graduation ceremony at Savannah Civic Center canceled for Bryan County High seniors

Bryan County High School graduates and families got some heartbreaking news Tuesday.

  Bulloch Co. COVID-19 cases triple in June

Officials in Statesboro and Bulloch County say a jump in their number of COVID-19 cases has them looking for causes and solutions.

  Savannah businesses react to mandatory mask order

COVID-19 has deeply impacted area businesses.

NY’s Cuomo adds GA to list of states who must quarantine if residents visit

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just added Georgia to a list of 13 other states who must have residents self-quarantine for 14 days before a visit to New York state.

  Bluffton Town Council passes mask ordinance

Bluffton Town Council passed an ordinance Tuesday that makes masks mandatory in certain public settings.

  LIST: Area cities, towns with face mask mandates

Keep track of where face mask ordinances have been passed in the WTOC Viewing Area.

COVID-19 testing being offered June 30 in Wayne County

Wayne County residents have a chance to get tested for COVID-19 for free Tuesday.

  1,320 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths reported in SC on Monday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 34,546 and confirmed deaths to 717.

  Jasper County School District officials announce preliminary plan to reopen schools

Jasper County School District officials announced their preliminary plan to reopen schools.

South Carolina running low on supply of blood plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients

Lauren Rimpf said she is making plans to donate some of her blood plasma again.

Ga. governor extends COVID-19 executive orders

On Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed two executive orders extending the Public Health State of Emergency and existing COVID-19 safety measures, according to a statement from his office.

  Local COVID-19 testing sees high demand as confirmed cases increase

Over the past three weeks the Coastal Health Department has seen an increase in the demand for COVID-19 testing.

  High volume creates cut-off at free COVID-19 testing site on Sallie Mood Dr.

Long lines after cars were turned away from a COVID-19 testing site in Savannah.

  DPH reports more than 2,200 new COVID-19 cases in Ga. on Monday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 2,207 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday, June 28th.

Bull Street Library temporarily closes due to positive COVID-19 case

The library will be deep cleaned and some staff will self-isolate at home for two weeks.

Beaufort, Hilton Head pass mask ordinances; 5 other communities to decide Monday

Several Lowcountry communities will discuss and potentially vote Monday on whether to require their residents to wear face masks in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  Hilton Head Island council votes ‘yes’ on ordinance requiring face masks

Hilton Head Island Town Council will vote on an ordinance to make masks mandatory in certain areas on the island during a special called meeting on Monday, June 29.

  Savannah’s first public race event since pandemic began set for July 4

Chatham County’s running community is expected to get together this weekend for the Savannah Firecracker 5000 5K and 10K.

  DHEC: 1,366 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths reported in SC

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced 1,366 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 5 more confirmed deaths on Sunday, June 28.

  DPH reports more than 2,200 new COVID-19 cases in Ga. on Sunday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 2,225 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Sunday, June 28th.

Beaufort to hold emergency meeting to consider requiring face mask in public buildings

Beaufort City Council will hold an emergency meeting to consider requiring face masks inside public buildings

  DPH reports almost 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in Ga. on Saturday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,990 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday, June 27.

Statesboro City Hall closed to public after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Statesboro City Hall is closed to the public after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

  1,599 new COVID-19 cases, 15 more deaths reported by DHEC

DHEC has announced 1,599 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 15 more confirmed death on Saturday, June 27.

McMaster says he will not enact a face mask mandate, calling it ‘ineffective and impractical’

The governor said issuing a mandate for people in South Carolina to wear a mask and not be able to enforce it gives a false sense of security for those who believe that everybody is following the rules.

State health officials release metrics for measuring COVID-19 spread to SC school districts

The AccelerateED task force recommended school districts seeing high spread of COVID-19 in the fall should do full distance learning.

  SC reports 1,273 new COVID-19 cases, one more death Friday

This is the second-highest number of new confirmed cases reported in a single day in South Carolina.

  Beaufort Memorial warning about spread of COVID-19

Beaufort Memorial is teaming up with the mayor of Beaufort to warn residents about the spread of COVID-19 in the city. Beaufort Memorial says their numbers are already increasing at a rapid rate and they are worried if people don’t take precautions they will continue to rise.

  Chatham County Commission gets update on COVID-19 cases, testing from Coastal Health District director

Chatham County Commissioners are getting the latest on coronavirus numbers, testing and preventative measures from the leader of the Coastal Health District at today’s commission meeting.

  Bulloch County school leaders working on COVID-19 safety plan

Students in Bulloch County could return to on-campus classes August 3. But district leaders are still wrestling with how they can reduce the COVID-19 exposure risk.

  Vidalia recreational sports to resume in July

Many cities have canceled their recreational ball seasons, but the City of Vidalia has decided they can safely move forward with theirs.

Some Savannah restaurants close due to positive COVID-19 cases

Several local businesses have closed after reporting that a member of their staff has contracted COVID-19.