Coronavirus

  Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop COVID-19 pandemic

The panel concluded that "many countries took minimal action to prevent the spread (of COVID-19) internally and internationally." The pandemic has killed at least 2 million people worldwide so far.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

IRS warns South Carolinians of potential COVID-19 relief payment scams

  A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

Savannah participating in national memorial for COVID-19 victims

Kemp to use $5M in virus aid to help students finish college

  ‘We’re surviving’: Mother, daughter battle COVID-19 at same Calif. hospital

‘Moving at an unacceptable pace’: S.C. lawmakers form committee to review COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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  Vigil held for COVID-19 victims in Chatham Co.

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

  Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

  WTOC anchor learns if she received the vaccine or placebo during COVID-19 vaccine trial

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

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

  COVID-19 testing changes begin at Savannah Civic Center

The battle against COVID-19 is constantly morphing, forcing the Coastal Health District to adjust.

  COVID-19 testing site returns to Statesboro park

Statesboro and Bulloch County will add a new site for COVID-19 testing this week.

Ga. DPH reports more than 4,400 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 4,428 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday, Jan. 17.

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

The man was “scared to go home due to COVID,” and told authorities that he’d found a badge and that other passengers at the airport had given him food.

Publix to begin offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment in S.C.

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

Colleton County detective dies after catching 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

  WATCH: Tracking the Vaccine with Medical Experts

  Residents receive COVID-19 vaccines at Savannah clinic

Dozens of people rolled up their sleeves this morning to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ga. DPH reports more than 6,900 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 6,952 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday, Jan. 16.

  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.

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

South Carolina hospitals will be getting “significantly less” COVID-19 vaccines next week, according to officials with the South Carolina Hospital Association.

  Coastal Health District gives update on COVID-19 to Chatham Co. Commission

Cases of COVID-19, positive tests and Community transmission rate remain in the red zone this week as Chatham County faces a post-holiday surge.

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

The developments threatened to escalate tensions between the Trump administration and some states over who is responsible for the relatively slow start to the vaccination campaign.

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

There are 2,424 hospitalized patients who have COVID-19 or are suspected of having it and awaiting a test, DHEC said.

Ga. DPH reports more than 7,300 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 7,394 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Friday, Jan. 15.

  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.

Changes coming to COVID-19 testing at Savannah Civic Center

A few changes are coming to COVID-19 testing at the Savannah Civic Center.

  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.

In coronavirus vaccine drive, Deep South falls behind

The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but some states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  COVID-19 cases rising in Bulloch Co.

Plenty of people expected COVID-19 case numbers to increase over the holidays. But now, in mid-January, city and county leaders are more than eager to see them drop back down.

  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%.

Ga. DPH reports more than 6,400+ new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 5,685 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

  Tybee Island Maritime Academy discussing ways to revamp COVID-19 protocols

Tybee Island Maritime Academy is discussing ways to revamp some of its COVID-19 protocols to keep schools open and students inside the classroom safely.

  Graceland offering virtual tours for guests

Graceland is making it easier for visitors to tour Elvis Presley’s mansion. According to a news release, fans and music lovers from around the world can visit Graceland virtually.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Annual Rattlesnake & Wildlife Festival canceled due to COVID-19

Another community has announced a springtime event canceled due to COVID-19.

  Bryan County COVID-19 numbers up as vaccine rolls out

COVID-19 cases are steadily increasing in Bryan County. The county has seen more than 1,900 cases and 18 deaths since March.

  Ga. DPH reports more than 5,600+ new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 5,685 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

  Effingham Health System preparing for large-scale vaccine clinic

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine in rural counties has proven a challenge. But Effingham Health System says they’ve seen success early on and they’re hoping by the end of the month to be able to offer it to hundreds of people a week.

  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.

South Carolinians 70 and older can now make appointments for COVID-19 vaccine

As of Wednesday, people in South Carolina who are 70 years old or older can make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  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.

DHEC seeks help filling vital COVID-19 vaccination positions

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says they are looking for any qualified individuals to help administer COVID-19 vaccines.

SCCPSS school board holding first meeting of 2021

The SCCPSS school board will reconvene on Wednesday for its first meeting of 2021, and COVID-19 and the return to in-person learning are expected to be big topics.

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.

Georgia could take back vaccine from slow-moving providers

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is again urging patience among people waiting to be vaccinated against the coronavirus even as he threatens to take vaccines away from large hospital systems that his administration says aren’t moving fast enough to administer the shots.

  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.

  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.

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

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

  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.

  Savannah stands to continue partnership with healthcare providers administering vaccine

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson weighed in on the overwhelming demand for vaccines in Chatham County during a news conference Tuesday.

  Ga. DPH reports more than 6,000+ new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 6,006 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

  US cancer rates drop record amount, impact of COVID uncertain

Fewer people are smoking, cancers are being detected earlier and treatments have advanced.

T-Mobile donation helps thousands of SCCPSS students with virtual learning

A donation to the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is helping thousands of students log in to class a little easier.

  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.

Health districts inundated as Georgia expands vaccine access

Georgia’s plan to expand access to a coronavirus vaccine to people over 65 is getting off to a rocky start.

  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.

DHEC: 70 and older can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting Wednesday in S.C.

Any South Carolina resident aged 70 or older can begin scheduling an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Jan. 13, state health officials announced.

  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.

  Coastal Health District temporarily pauses appointment scheduling for COVID-19 vaccinations

The Coastal Health District announced Monday that it has temporarily paused appointment scheduling for new requests due to an overwhelming response from those in Phase 1a+ who are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.