GEORGETOWN — One in six Georgetown County School District students had filled out the Department of Health and Environmental Control's mask opt-out form as of May 18, and those forms are still open for parents to fill out, said the district's safety and risk management Alan Walters.

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While Tidelands Health is celebrating a record-breaking allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine for the coming days, Conway Medical Center will receive 80 percent less than its counterparts. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina is opening itself up for on-campus events with a change in its operating plan.

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McLeod Health announced on Feb. 23 that it will be holding a mass COVID-19 vaccination event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on March 2-3 that will make 5,000 does available to those that meet the Phase 1A criteria.

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The forecast for New Year’s Eve is mid-60s with a bit of cloud cover and a chance of rain, so grab your raincoat and take yourself or those you live with to any of these beautiful places around Myrtle Beach to ring in the new year safely.

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Christmas came a bit early for the Lakes at Litchfield retirement community, even if the gift was a bit delayed in delivery. On Monday morning, workers and residents received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, with nearly 200 doses arriving in Pawleys Island for CVS Health to administer.

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Tidelands Health reported on Tuesday that it had 62 COVID-19 inpatients at its two hospitals, setting the single-day record. It also set off alarm bells that despite the Pfizer vaccine being administered locally, the holidays pose a threat to make the hill that medical professionals are climbing much steeper.

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A day after Conway Medical Center made history by injecting five staff members with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, a sobering report from the area’s hospitals points to the continuing rise of COVID-19 throughout both Horry and Georgetown counties — including a hospital chain at 114 percent capacity.

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