Health

  Unemployment concerns as workers look for answers from Ga. Department of Labor

Even as the country begins to reopen, more Americans are filing for unemployment benefits.

  Running through the pandemic

Hours away from being put on ventilator, COVID-19 patient is saved by experimental treatment

  ATV, scooter sales surge during pandemic

  Doctors encourage checking on children’s mental health during pandemic

  Savannah mayor, alcohol compliance unit visited restaurants over Memorial Day weekend

  Over 43,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Ga.

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  Savannah-Chatham teacher on state task force creating plan to reopen schools

  Town of Hilton Head passes resolution for masks in all public areas

Ga. DPH confirms more than 42,000 cases of COVID-19

Hand sanitizer left in hot vehicles can explode, experts warn

  Coastal Health District urges social distancing this Memorial Day weekend

  SCCPSS leaders discussing possible coronavirus-related changes needed for next year

Over 40,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Ga.; questioins arise over reported testing numbers

he Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 40,663 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the 7 p.m. Thursday (5/21) update.

Gov. McMaster lifts restrictions on S.C. attractions starting Friday

McMaster also announced that youth and adult sports leagues will be allowed to begin practicing on May 30, with competitive play resuming on June 15.

  Longshoremen working long hours; haven’t taken a day off since pandemic began

When we think of essential workers, healthcare workers, first responders, food service workers come to mind, but what about longshoremen?

570 people test positive for COVID-19 at Wilkesboro Tyson plant

Of 2,244 team members and contractors who work at the Tyson chicken plant who were tested for the virus, 570 tested positive, the company said in a statement.

Beaufort Elementary School employee tests positive for COVID-19; building cleared

Health official: Ga. hospitals see decrease in COVID-19 patients

  Bars eager to reopen, frustrated ahead of Memorial Day weekend

  Jasper Co. Schools applies to use resources for make up days

  Special 90th birthday celebration held for Army Veteran

Rep. Carter announces COVID-19 grant for Chatham Co.

  Coronavirus patient released from S.C. hospital after 46 days

In the last few months, getting to walk down the hospital hallway has become more and more of a big deal. On Tuesday, one woman was able to who has had a harder month than anyone.

  J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center hits the road to test for COVID-19

J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center is working to make sure everyone who wants a coronavirus test can get one, especially those who are homeless or most vulnerable.

  DPH making phone calls to those exposed to COVID-19 to stop the spread

Department of Public Health epidemiologists have been working around the clock making calls to those who have been exposed to COVID-19.

  Ga. companies making PPE for businesses

As stores begin to reopen, many business owners are searching for protective equipment to keep staff and customers safe. There are over 220 companies in Georgia ready to help.

Over 364,000 COVID-19 tests conducted in Ga.; 38,200+ confirmed cases

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 38,283 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the 7 p.m. Monday (5/18) update.

Over 350,000 COVID-19 tests conducted in Ga.; 37,500+ confirmed cases

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the 7 p.m. Sunday (5/17) update.

163 new cases of COVID-19, and 5 additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 8,816 and those who have died to 385, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Judge issues order to allow indoor worship in NC churches

The Saturday afternoon ruling effectively ends the part of the Governor’s executive order 138, which required any religious gathering of 10 or more people to take place outdoors only.

276 new cases of COVID-19, and no additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 8,661, and those who have died at 380, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  DHEC estimates over 5,000 South Carolinians have recovered from COVID-19

The Department of Health and Environmental Control released new coronavirus recovery numbers on Friday.

  Lowcountry farm doing it’s best to help neighbors during pandemic

Many farms have been impacted by the pandemic, Farm Bureau is reporting that March 2020 data shows a 23% increase in farm bankruptcies; but Whippoorwill Farms S.C. said they’re doing O.K. throughout it all.

232 new cases of COVID-19, and 9 additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 8,407, and those who have died to 380, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Sen. Lindsey Graham shares plans to expand PPE production in US

Graham said he expects to get bipartisan support in the Senate for his legislation.

  Restaurants able to apply for expanded outdoor seating in Savannah

Savannah’s hospitality could soon spill into the streets.

  Community comes together to provide free meals to Effingham Hospital staff

Friday in Effingham County local businesses and organizations teamed up to provide free meals to hospital staff. A gift that in reality was much bigger than the box it came in.

  Georgia Strong flyover shows thanks to frontline workers

Members of the Georgia National Guard 165th Airlift Wing will fly over hospitals around the state on Friday. It’s the latest way to thank frontline workers.

  Hilton Head beaches opening for general public access

As South Carolina continues to reopen, the town of Hilton Head is lifting more beach restrictions beginning Friday, May 15.

  Steamer Seafood opens its doors during pandemic

A lot of South Carolina restaurants are working on reopening right now, but one Lowcountry restaurant had their grand opening in the midst of the pandemic.

172 new cases of COVID-19, and 9 additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 8,189, and those who have died to 371, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing, food distribution held in Hinesville

The United Way of the Coastal Empire partnered with Diversity Health Center in Hinesville Thursday to offer free COVID-19 drive through testing.

  Georgia Southern students make ‘key’ to help combat spread of COVID-19

A piece of plastic that fits in your pocket could help first responders and frontline workers reduce their chance for exposure to COVID-19.

  Georgia Southern nursing graduate serves on COVID-19 unit in NYC

A 2019 Georgia Southern graduate just finished his first job in nursing. It was to serve in a New York hospital for 21 days during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Taking it slow: One Lowcountry restaurant isn’t rushing the reopening process

On Monday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster allowed restaurants to re-open their dining rooms at 50-percent capacity as they begin to reopen the Palmetto State.

  Engineering against COVID-19: Georgia Southern’s Armstrong Campus using 3-D printers to help frontline workers

One professor at Georgia Southern’s Armstrong campus is doing his part in the fight against COVID-19.

  SCCPSS holds first virtual graduation

Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools kicked off their first round of virtual graduations for the class of 2020 Wednesday.

  New guidelines for Memorial Health visitors during COVID-19 pandemic

Another sign life is slowly getting back to normal, Memorial Health has new entry guidelines for visitors.

  From war to the fight against COVID-19, a local nurse’s story

Hospitals across the country have been battling the coronavirus for months.

  Antibody testing available in the Lowcountry

For most clinics, if you want to get tested for COVID-19 or the antibody test, you can come in and fill out the paperwork and discuss your options with a healthcare worker and find out which test is right for you.

2 Chatham Co. inmates test positive for COVID-19

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has reported that two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

BBB warns consumers of social media retail coupon scams amid COVID-19 pandemic

As people continue to spend more time at home and on social media the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about scammers targeting people with coupons scam online.

COVID-19 pandemic worsening the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is getting worse and the COVID-19 pandemic could be to blame.

  Memorial Health begins to see mysterious illness related to COVID-19 in children

Children across the country are being impacted by a mysterious rare disease believed to be linked to the coronavirus.

CCSO: 2 inmates, 2 employees recovered from COVID-19

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office states that two inmates and two employees that tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

  Savannah mayor asks city attorney to investigate legal rights of enforcing use of masks

During this week’s COVID-19 response update, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson expressed again his concern and frustration with the lack of social distancing and people wearing masks.

WTOC to host COVID-19 Facebook Live Q&A with Pediatric Associates of Savannah

WTOC’s Cyreia Sandlin will be hosting another Facebook LIVE asking and answering your questions about COVID-19.

  SC gyms, hair salons, barbershops and more may reopen beginning May 18

Close-contact businesses have been closed since April 1. They can reopen with a limited capacity, the governor said.

  Close contact businesses in South Carolina to reopen

Close contact businesses like gyms, hair salons and barbershops will open for business in South Carolina next Monday.

DHEC begins testing at all 194 nursing homes in S.C.

On Monday, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, with the help of LabCorp, began providing COVID-19 testing to all 194 nursing homes throughout the state.

  Stroke Awareness Month reminder to receive emergency medical help even during a pandemic

Doctors say fewer patients are coming to get care at Memorial Health’s Emergency Room because of COVID-19 concerns, but they are warning against this saying you could be missing out on critical care when it matters most.

113 new cases of COVID-19, and one additional death in South Carolina

Health officials have announced 113 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death in South Carolina Sunday.

168 new cases of COVID-19, and 10 additional deaths in South Carolina

Health officials have announced 168 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths in South Carolina Saturday.

238 new cases of COVID-19, and 4 additional deaths in South Carolina

DHEC has a goal of testing 2% of South Carolina’s population, which is 110,000 South Carolinians per month beginning this month. DHEC has developed a statewide testing plan to dramatically increase testing.

  Chatham County Commission looks at impact of COVID-19

Chatham County Commissioners got an update on COVID-19’s impact on our community and the budget. While they say things are looking better they know the impacts of this pandemic will be long lasting.

  School nurses celebrated in midst of global pandemic

Wednesday was not only national nurses appreciation day, but also school nurses. Savannah Chatham School board took time to honor their 55 nurses across the district during their virtual board meeting.

  Georgia DPH hosts first COVID-19 drive thru testing in Effingham Co.

Thursday Georgia Governor Kemp lifted the criteria for getting a coronavirus test. Meaning anyone who wants to be tested will now be able to.

  Vaccine clinical trials underway in Savannah

Meridian Clinical Research seeks participants in COVID-19 vaccine studies underway

Over 31,700 positive COVID-19 cases reported in Ga.; over 227,000 tests conducted

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 31,722 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the 12 p.m. Friday (5/8) update.

Georgia lifts criteria for getting a coronavirus test

Gov. Brian Kemp says any Georgian who wants can now get tested for the coronavirus, regardless of whether they’re showing symptoms.

  Bluffton woman grateful for community’s help, fund for son’s walking equipment nearly filled in one day

The coronavirus pandemic has helped bring out the best in some people. We’ve seen stories everyday of neighbors helping and giving in their community.

Over 31,500 positive COVID-19 cases reported in Ga.; over 217,000 tests conducted

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 31,575 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the 7 p.m. Thursday (5/7) update.

Rep. Buddy Carter announces federal grants to expand COVID-19 testing for First District

Rep. Buddy Carter announced federal grants for First District health centers to expand COVID-19 testing on Thursday.

  St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System to test all surgical patients

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System is slowly returning back to business.

214 new cases of COVID-19, and 11 additional deaths in South Carolina

Health officials have announced 214 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths in South Carolina.

  Mobile COVID-19 testing unit comes to Liberty, Long counties

The Coastal Health District is offering free COVID-19 tests closer to home for residents outside of Chatham County.

  Hilton Head Island senior using scenic video to uplift community

These days are filled with people hoping to lift up those around them. For one Lowcountry senior, that means taking his talent and using it to inspire.

  At risk youth struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

Students across are country are still being home schooled. However, some students living in poverty, having problems at home, or lacking technology and other resources are being hit hardest during this time.

  Bulloch Co. Sheriff’s Office shows support to nurses

A group of first responders shows a sign of respect to hospital workers on the frontlines of the pandemic on National Nurses Day.

  Coastal Health District increases COVID-19 testing access in Richmond Hill

As more testing becomes available for the coronavirus, ExperCare in Richmond Hill has partnered with the Coastal Health District to increase testing access in Bryan County.