Coronavirus

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.

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  Beaufort County Council passes ordinance requiring masks

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

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

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

  First day of mask mandate in City of Savannah

Kemp makes stops in SWGA on coronavirus flyaround tour

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5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

  First day of new mask mandate in Beaufort

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

  DPH reports almost 2,950 new COVID-19 cases in Ga. on Wednesday

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

N.C. sees highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases, 30 more deaths

North Carolina reported 1,843 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the total positive cases across the state to 66,513.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’

  Health officials look to pool testing as new approach to trace coronavirus

Experts are now considering a new approach: pool testing. Many say it's the necessary next step in testing and tracing COVID-19.

  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

  Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

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

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

  Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

  Town of Hilton Head Island warning visitors of face mask ordinance

Hilton Head Island has a mandatory mask ordinance in place.

COVID-19 survivor barely recognizes himself after 25 days in a coma

Ahmad Ayyad went from peak physical condition and competing in obstacle races to losing 60 pounds after being hospitalized due to the coronavirus.

  Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools, amid virus surge

States such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California have reversed course, closing or otherwise clamping down on bars, shutting beaches and rolling back restaurant capacity.

  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.

  FDA approves an at-home breast cancer treatment

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an at-home breast cancer treatment called Phesgo.

  Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’ in coronavirus outbreak

States such as Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing beaches and bars or rolling back restaurant restrictions in some cases.

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.

  Paycheck Protection Program coming to an end

The program is credited by government officials for saving millions of jobs, with more than 4.8 million small business owners tapping into the funds, for more than $519 billion in loans.

  LIST: Area cities, towns with face mask mandates

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

  Pediatrics group strongly encourages return of in-person school

The American Academy of Pediatrics encouraged schools to have the goal of “having students physically present in school” despite the rising tide of COVID-19 infections nationwide.

  Trader Joe’s shopper rants on camera after being told to wear a mask

Video from a Trader Joe’s in California shows a shopper throwing a tantrum after she was told to wear a face covering inside the store.

How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic?

Flying can increase your risk of exposure to infection, but airlines are taking some precautions and you can too.

  Serious coronavirus-linked condition hit 285 US children, studies say

The studies show most children recovered after intensive-care treatment, but many had heart complications. The potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown.

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.

  Family of Fla. deputy who died of COVID-19 denied line-of-duty insurance claim

While Florida statutes do classify certain health conditions as “accidental and caused by employment,” the AIG insurance company says that doesn’t technically include COVID-19.

  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.

Bulloch Co. superintendent asking for parent feedback on school re-opening plans

Bulloch County’s superintendent is asking for feedback regarding their back-to-school plan.

  Survey finds confusion among public about pandemic news

For a story that has dominated the news for four months, a survey out Monday illustrates the difficulty that many Americans have in finding information that they trust about the coronavirus pandemic.

  States reverse openings, require masks amid virus resurgence

The United States on Monday reported 38,800 newly confirmed infections, with the total surpassing 2.5 million.

  AP FACT CHECK: Actually, 20% of US lives in a virus hot spot

The White House has repeatedly cited the low county tally, and Pence reaffirmed the point in a televised interview Sunday.

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.

Folly Beach passes ordinance requiring people to wear masks in public places

Folly Beach has passed an ordinance requiring people to wear face masks in all public places. It goes into effect on Tuesday at noon.

  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.

  Worldwide coronavirus death toll exceeds 500,000 amid fears worst to come

Experts say there is ample evidence the scourge is making a comeback in the United States, including increasing deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country and higher percentages of virus tests coming back positive.

  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.

  Texas couple married for 53 years dies from coronavirus while holding hands

The couple's son says nurses made his parents’ last moments special by making sure the two were in the same room with their hands placed near each other.

  As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

Texas and Florida have clamped down on bars in America's biggest retreat yet as the nation's daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases hit an all-time high of 40,000.

Pence cancels some political events because of virus spikes

Vice President Mike Pence has called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona for this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases.

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

  What to wear: Feds’ mixed messages on masks sow confusion

The federal government has been sending a foggy message over the past few months about whether people should wear face masks during the pandemic.

  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.

  Governors face competing voices as reported virus cases rise

With reported coronavirus cases rising rapidly in many states, governors are getting lots of advice on what they should do.

  EU narrows down border list, US unlikely to make the cut

Infection rates are high in Brazil, India and Russia, and it’s unlikely the EU will let their citizens in, either.

  Some states revert to restrictions as virus cases surge

The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday — eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April — in a resurgence that has led some governors to backtrack or at least pause the reopening of their states.

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.

  DPH reports 1,900 new COVID-19 cases in Ga. on Friday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,900 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Friday, June 26.