Coronavirus

Tybee Island Police Officer tests positive for coronavirus

The City of Tybee Island confirmed on Saturday that a Tybee police officer tested positive for coronavirus.

New York gets ventilators in China; Trump wants more thanks

  DHEC: 6 new deaths, 217 additional cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina

Actress-author Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus at 86

More than 2,400 people have coronavirus in North Carolina, 25 deaths reported

Trump, Dems clash on boosting mail-in voting during pandemic

  ‘Don’t take chances:’ Wash. nursing home patient back home after defeating coronavirus

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  Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

  DHEC releases number of coronavirus cases in S.C. by zip code

Medics at Egypt’s main cancer center test positive for virus

Singer Pink says she had COVID-19, gives $1M to relief funds

  Drive-through pep-rally: Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton tries to uplift members during closure

  Ga. governor tells Tybee leaders to comply with order; beach open for exercise

Short-term rentals suspended for people from COVID-19 hot spots; non-essential list expanded

Gov. Henry McMaster says his Team South Carolina will provide an update on the state’s efforts to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will try to stop “profiteers” from exporting medical protective gear, shortly after picking a fight with manufacturing giant 3M, a major producer and exporter of face masks used to protect health care workers from the coronavirus.

Hampton Co. implements curfew for unincorporated areas

Hampton County Council voted on Friday, during an emergency meeting, to put a curfew in place for unincorporated areas of the County due to the spread of COVID-19.

  Feds recommend Americans wear face masks; NY governor says he’ll seize ventilators

"If they want to sue me for borrowing their excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

McConnell, Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress

Almost 6,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ga.

  Memorial Health has mobile ER ready as COVID-19 cases rise

  No statewide shelter in place order given in South Carolina

  Padlock added to playground, hoops removed from basketball court in Metter

  Face masks recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

  Savannah mayor frustrated amid Georgia’s new shelter-in-place order

Governor Brian Kemp’s statewide shelter-in-place order goes into effect Friday at 6 p.m.

COMMENTARY: What a time to celebrate National Love Our Children Day

It seems redundant to have a day titled “National Love Our Children Day” each year. However during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s probably important to take a moment and reflect on how and why we show love for our kids.

  Hobby Lobby closes all store locations

Employees are being encouraged to file unemployment claims with their state unemployment commissions.

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Retail giant Walmart is the latest to announce new restrictions inside its stores to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  Bluffton Police patrol challenges amid COVID-19 outbreak

While Lowcountry residents have been encouraged to stay socially distanced, police are still making sure laws are being followed. And that means changes for the Bluffton Police Department.

  Tybee Market IGA implementing safety protocols to stay open, keep people safe

The Tybee Market IGA has implemented several efforts to make sure their customers and employees stay safe.

Small biz rescue off to slow start; some banks not ready

The federal government's relief program for small businesses is off to a slow start Friday, with only some businesses able to apply and several banks either not accepting applications or seeing long waits to do approvals.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Coastal Empire residents react to Georgia’s shelter in place order

Friday several people across the Coastal Empire made their last minute errands to get prepared for the shelter in place order.

  Gift of masks gives local nurse strength to keep fighting

While ICE Nurse Kimberly Burke may have just been looking for some masks, what she got with them may be just as important.

  Wayne Co. deputies switch to new uniforms

Many law enforcement agencies around the state have implemented new policies designed to protect the community and officers.

  Many college students not eligible for stimulus checks

High school and college students between ages 17 and 24 will not receive money if they are claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns, even if they normally work and file taxes themselves.

  Corona stops beer production

The Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses, including the makers of Corona Beer.

  HBO free programming offers more incentive for people to stay home

The network is offering 500 hours of its programming free for a limited time.

2020 Hampton County Watermelon Festival canceled

The 2020 Watermelon Festival has been canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the festival chairman.

  Liberty Co. school leaders looking at plans to help seniors

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has directed public schools to remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Liberty County’s School System is now preparing for the extended closure.

  Florida finally takes passengers of coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, some on stretchers

The exodus from the Zaandaam and its sister ship the Rotterdam could extend into Saturday, officials said.

  Target to limit customers in stores, give employees face masks and gloves

Target is implementing new safety measures starting Saturday, and it may impact your shopping experience at the retailer.

  Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas forced to close after resisting coronavirus executive order

Deputies delivered a warning directly to Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas, causing business at one Hobby Lobby to halt abruptly.

  US flu activity drops sharply; death toll holds at 24K

While the U.S. flu season is ebbing, it’s still not over.

Nearly 2,100 people have coronavirus in North Carolina, 20 deaths reported

North Carolina health officials reported a total of 2,093 cases of coronavirus across 86 counties on Friday morning. There have also been 19 virus-related deaths, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

5 Tybee Island Police officers in quarantine for COVID-19

The Tybee Island Police Department currently has five officers in quarantine and is discussing ways to ensure they have proper staffing.

  Hospitals cancel surgeries, ration care as influx of coronavirus patients continues

With so many medical resources being diverted to the coronavirus, doctors are having to make choices about who gets care and who does not.

  US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of the new coronavirus, ending a record hiring streak after nearly 10 years.

Oprah, DiCaprio, others launch $12M coronavirus relief food fund

America's Food Fund said Thursday that the monies will be aimed to help low-income families, the elderly, individuals facing job disruptions and children who rely on school lunch programs.

‘Thank you.’ Tyson Foods giving $60 million in bonuses to frontline workers, truck drivers

Tyson Foods announced this week the company will be giving about $60 million in “thank you” bonuses to its frontline workers and truck drivers.

Terri Clark, Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde to perform Saturday at Grand Ole Opry. Here’s how you can watch.

It will be an all-female lineup as the Grand Ole Opry continues to broadcast live performances during the coronavirus pandemic at its empty venue.

  SC Restaurant and Lodging Association begins relief fund for hospitality workers

The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association along with the Scofflaw Brewing Company has launched a relief fund to help those who work in the hospitality industry who have been affected by COVID-19.

  Coronavirus survivor: ‘In my blood, there may be answers’

Doctors want to use blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat the sick, giving them a dose of the immune system antibodies that fight the virus.

  After financial hit from coronavirus response, dairy farmers are adapting

Of all the commodities impacted, milk has been one of the hardest hit.

  With liquor sales up, new practices take effect at local stores

The bars are closed, so people are having to become their own bartender, and they’ve definitely been buying the needed ingredients. ​

  Outbreak’s global cost may top $4T; auto insurers get break

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed.

  Prince Charles to officially open new hospital for coronavirus patients

The National Health Service hospital at ExCel London will within days be able to provide intensive care treatment for 4,000 people suffering from the COVID-19 disease.

Nurses and doctors stand on hospital rooftops to pray over patients and families

Many health care workers have showed the world what they’re doing when they’re not working: They’re praying.

  Several confirmed COVID-19 cases at Marine Corps Depot - Parris Island

Some members of our military have contracted COVID-19 while on their installation.

  Gov. Kemp’s ‘shelter in place’ order to take effect Friday at 6 p.m.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a statewide “shelter in place” order as a way to address the spread of COVID-19 across the Peach State.

  ‘We need help’: Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.

  Richmond Hill salon owner prepares for shelter-in-place impact

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a statewide shelter-in-place order Thursday night, closing all non-essential businesses beginning Friday evening at 6 p.m.

  Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.

Man uses bucket truck to “visit" mom on third floor of retirement home amid coronavirus pandemic

The 45-year-old said his mom, Julie, has been going "stir crazy" inside her assisted living facility. So, he found a creative way to "visit" her.

  VIDEO: New York firefighters support, thank hospital workers

Health care workers getting off a shift change at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, got a special tribute Thursday night.

  Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida

Cruise ships carrying dozens of passengers and crew displaying symptoms of the coronavirus awaited final word Thursday on when they would be able to dock at a Florida port after officials gave their tentative approval and the state’s governor dropped his previously firm opposition.

  Hinesville community thanks hospital workers from parking lot

The parking lot at Liberty Regional Medical Center was filled with dozens of cars Thursday night, but not because of any medical emergency.

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System to implement new visitor restrictions on April 6

The St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System will implement new visitor restrictions beginning on Monday, April 6.

  Coronavirus concerns cause training changes for firefighter recruits

First responders are having to get creative when it comes to training. A new class of potential Savannah firefighters just started this week and it's already off to an unusual start.

  WATCH: Virtual town hall with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson

WTOC hosted a virtual town hall with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson on Thursday night.

Ga. surpasses 5,400 confirmed cases; third death related to COVID-19 reported in Chatham Co.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 5,444 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the 7 p.m. Thursday (4/2) update.

  Kentucky college student makes coronavirus masks for deaf community

The senior studying Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Eastern Kentucky University said she saw a chance to help the community with masks that uniquely address their needs.

  Urgent Care facilities changing procedures but still aim to help patients quickly

Urgent care centers, like Expercare, are helping patients every day who are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus.

  Psychiatrist gives mental health tips for sheltering in place

Hilton Head Regional Hospital’s Lead Psychiatrist gives mental health tips during cornavirus self-quarantining.

  SCCPSS leaders adjust after governor cancels in-person class for rest of school year

School leaders across the state are reacting to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s decision to close in-person classes for the remainder of the school year. That decision has some districts working to figure out what is next.

  Stocks end another whipsaw day solidly higher, led by energy

Stocks are closing solidly higher after another whipsaw day, giving the market its first gain in three days. Major U.S. indexes rose more than 2% Thursday.

  COVID-19 cases reported in all 46 counties across S.C.

State health officials announced on Thursday that COVID-19 has now been reported in all 46 counties across South Carolina.

  Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

  Lunchroom staff, volunteers preparing meals for Bulloch Co. students

School nutrition teams say they’re as busy now as when classes are in session. They’re cranking out thousands of meals for children across Bulloch County.

  Democrats delay nominating convention amid coronavirus concerns

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn’t think it would be possible to hold a normal convention in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

US eases blood donation limits for gay men due to shortage

The Food and Drug Administration's new policy aims to allow tens of thousands more Americans to give blood, including gay and bisexual men and people with recent tattoos and piercings.

  AP-NORC poll: About half of workers lose income due to virus

About half of all working Americans say they or a member of their household have lost some kind of income due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job.