Coronavirus

512 new cases of COVID-19, and 7 additional deaths in South Carolina

Saturday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 13,916 and those who have died to 545, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Prince William reveals he’s been a helpline volunteer

447 new cases of COVID-19, and 13 additional deaths in South Carolina

  New federal COVID-19 nursing home data fraught with inaccuracies, overcounts and undercounts

  COVID-19 testing dramatically increased, now available without appointment

  Bluffton mayor believes uptick in COVID-19 cases is related to expanded testing

  US unemployment drops unexpectedly to 13.3% amid outbreak; Trump hails job report

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Trump jabs Maine’s Democratic governor; she hits back

Multiple Alabama football players test positive for coronavirus

  Livestreaming this weekend: Ben Folds, Bobby V and ‘Carousel’ top our virtual entertainment choices

Navy carrier sidelined by virus is back operating in Pacific

NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

  Study on safety of malaria drugs for coronavirus retracted

JC Penney closing 154 stores in first post-bankruptcy phase

J.C. Penney says it is closing 154 stores nationwide in what it is calling the first phase of its efforts to shrink its footprint.

Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

When Walt Disney World reopens next month for the first time since it closed due to the spread of the new coronavirus, there will be no parades, fireworks shows nor “meet-and-greet” sessions with performers dressed as Disney characters.

  UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine

The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have urged that "a people's vaccine" be developed for COVID-19 that would be freely available to everyone, calling it a "moral imperative."

361 new cases of COVID-19, and 7 additional deaths in South Carolina

Thursday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 13,005, and those who have died to 525, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Autopsy report shows Floyd tested positive for coronavirus

  How to travel safely during COVID-19

Social distancing not required at Trump Mount Rushmore event

  1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

  Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

Cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic

Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study

Results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine show that hydroxychloroquine was no better than placebo pills at preventing illness from the coronavirus.

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to make it easier for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that’s been a central part of Washington’s response to the corresponding economic crisis.

235 new cases of COVID-19, and 17 additional deaths in South Carolina

Wednesday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 12,651, and those who have died to 518, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

The epic damage to America’s job market from the viral outbreak will come into sharper focus Friday when the government releases the May employment report. Eight million more jobs are estimated to have been lost.

  FDA approves new NASA, Fitbit ventilators

These ventilators are less expensive, short-term options for health care providers.

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

The NBA has suspended its season on March 11 “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.

NerdWallet: Ask an expert: Is any travel safe?

Social distancing is still key for pandemic safety, especially while traveling.

Tybee Main Street Program lends a hand to local businesses

Tybee Island’s Main Street Program is trying to help their small businesses bounce back after feeling impacts from COVID-19 through a new grant program.

Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Polls have begun to close as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises.

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after host North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

  Farmers markets face uncertain future due to COVID-19 pandemic

Some state farmers markets across Georgia could close because of those cuts due to the health crisis.

  Deacon tests positive for COVID-19 after Diocese of Savannah ceremony

After reopening the Dioceses of Savannah last week one person attending an annual ceremony Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.

  Teen depression on upswing during pandemic

Experts say parents of teens need to be looking for warning signs of depression.

Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion

Many of the protests broke out in places where the virus is still circulating widely in the population.

  Pucker up: Man drinks lemon juice through straw in record time

David Rush is a tech company senior product manager, who also holds 149 Guinness World Records.

First COVID-19 related death reported in Liberty County

The Coastal Health District has confirmed the death of a Liberty County resident from complications of COVID-19.

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

But as Parisians reclaimed their rhythm of city life, health experts warned that virus cases are still rising in Latin America, the world's latest COVID-19 epicenter.

Beaufort Co. Schools continue curbside meals for students

The Beaufort County School District will continue curbside meals for students.

  Summer camps adjust to comply with COVID-19 guidelines

Children across the Coastal Empire are heading to summer camp this week. But because of the state’s guidelines due to COVID-19, the Y is having to limit their enrollment numbers.

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

A military deployment by Trump to U.S. states would mark a stunning federal intervention not seen in modern American history.

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

The House’s staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, where Republicans are focused instead on trimming unemployment benefits and getting Americans back to work. Quick action by Congress is skidding to a halt.

  Bars reopening in Georgia after closures due to COVID-19

As of Monday, bars and nightclubs are allowed to open.

  Coastal Health District monitoring COVID-19 data after large gatherings over the weekend

While CDC guidelines discourage mass gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19, they are happening.

  When there’s a pandemic, have a parade (but do it safely)

The parks and rec team took to the streets of the city dressed as a crazy cast of characters, including Scooby-Doo, Mr. Potato Head and a T-rex.

Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe to the United States on Monday, even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks.

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

Remdesivir is the only treatment that’s been shown in a rigorous experiment to help fight the coronavirus.

  Italy loosens travel restrictions, reopens to tourism

Italians will be allowed to freely move about the country and European Union visitors will be welcomed without quarantine requirements.

Pier 1 closing all stores; bankruptcy approved

Pier 1 can now begin to shut down retail operations in about 500 stores across the country.

  Artist with autism thanks essential workers with balloon sculptures

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the balloon artist has used his sculptures to express gratitude to grocery store workers, mail carriers and healthcare workers.

  Remains of Mont. veteran who died from coronavirus lost in mail for months

The Air Force veteran and his wife had been on a trip abroad for their 41st anniversary when he became ill, later dying in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital.

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.

47,000+ cases of COVID-19 reported in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 47,063 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the 7 p.m. Sunday (5/31) update.

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

Hurricane season officially starts Monday, though Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha arrived early. Forecasters are expecting a busier-than-normal season.

  NY governor signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits in coronavirus fight

Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

McIntosh Co. sees first death as COVID-19 deaths across Ga. surpass 2,000

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 46,286 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the noon Saturday (5/30) update.

US food prices see historic jump, are likely to stay high

Big fluctuations in food prices began in March, when the coronavirus pandemic began to sink in for U.S. consumers.

  US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

As some countries have effectively lowered the rate of infections, they have been moving ahead with relaxing restrictions but are keeping a very close eye on developments.

  Partygoer at Missouri’s Lake of Ozarks tests positive for COVID-19

Health officials are seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19.

  Bars and nightclubs allowed to reopen in Georgia

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says on Monday, June 1, bars and nightclubs, overnight summer camps, summer schools, and professional and amateur sports will be able to resume operations and practices, all with social distancing and sanitation restrictions in place.

  New COVID-19 treatment drug being used in Coastal Empire hospitals

Coastal Empire hospitals received shipment of new COVID-19 treatment drug.

  Wayne Co. leaders using signs to remind community of social distancing

As Georgia slowly reopens, many are getting back to some type of normalcy.

  Hilton Head Regional Hospital relaxing visitor rules

Hilton Head Regional Hospital is relaxing its rules on visitors.

  Jesup Drive-In sees growth during pandemic

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen businesses slow down or shut down their operations. But at the Jesup Drive-In, the co-owner calls the pandemic a “rebirth” for the drive-in industry.

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

In the U.S., the virus threw more than 2 million people out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses, stoking fears the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the world's largest economy.

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Martin Folsom and his mother have been in and out of homelessness since he was a kid and throughout his four years at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

In the news conference, Trump also said the U.S. would sanction Chinese officials responsible for the eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

That means anyone in the U.S. who thought they had the virus in December or early January probably had the flu, public health researchers said.

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

Germany is among several countries experimenting to see whether sewage could be a COVID-19 early warning system.

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

TJX Companies temporarily closed its 4,400 locations on March 19 and began to reopen them on May 2.

Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

Another ‘Feed Our City’ event set for May 30 in Savannah

State Representative Carl Gilliard and his volunteers plan to hand out more than 2,000 hot meals Saturday at the Liberty City Community Center.

Hilton Head Island to restore services at town parks

The town of Hilton Head Island will restore all park services beginning on Saturday, May 30th.

  In-person mass resumes Sunday in Ga. under new procedures

It will be a big weekend for many Catholic churches as they prepare to resume in-person mass. But the worship experience will look a little different.