Ford served Tidelands Health Board of Trustees for 33 years, with the majority of that time spent as chairman before he retired in 2009.
Berkeley, Horry and Georgetown counties sheriffs will not enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandate, along with sheriffs across the state.
This comes as more than 30 percent of students are in quarantine and seven schools are temporarily learning virtually at the end of its second full week of classes.
There are 18 cases in McDonald Elementary according to district numbers, the most out of any school in the district. The district gave no indication as to whether more district schools would follow suit in the coming days.
Georgetown city council will consider an emergency ordinance at its Aug. 19 meeting requiring masks be worn in all city facilities, per an agenda update the evening of Aug. 18.
The city of Georgetown announced its city hall would be closed to the public through Aug. 20 due to COVID-19 exposure in the building.
Horry County Schools resumed classes Aug. 17 and Georgetown County School District will resume classes Aug. 18 without requiring masks for students.
The influx of COVID-19 patients have pushed three hospitals to either reach or get near capacity and caused at least one health system to rearrange staffing, shifting non-clinical nurses to frontline roles.
Tidelands Health is implementing tighter restrictions on visitors to its hospitals effective 8 a.m. July 30.
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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.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week saw high attendance, though a man on a motor cycle died in a collision on U.S. Business 17, the home road to many of the week's favorite bars.
Horry and Georgetown Counties respond to Gov. Henry McMaster's order to end local mask mandates and allow parents to opt their students out of school mask mandates.
Georgetown schools will continue to require students wear masks for the remainder of the school year, yet is planning now for whether or not they will be necessary for next school year.
Georgetown County's mask mandate is set to expire Tuesday night after being in place since July 3, 2020.
Pawleys Island Community Church will host a community-wide memorial service on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The service in the church will begin at 6:30 p.m.
As Tidelands Health memorialized a year of COVID-19, a sea of luminaries brought forth both emotion and hope — a rare combination, but a needed one.
The COVID-19 vaccinations for Horry County Schools began on March 12 at Conway Medical Center, a facility still coming to grips with a lack of supply due to receiving less than 50 percent of its weekly requests since the beginning on February.
As McLeod Health Seacoast announces that it will open a new COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Myrtle Beach Mall, both Tidelands Health and Conway Medical Center were deluged with appointment requests on March 8 as Phase 1B officially opened up.
As McLeod Health vaccinates 5,000 people over the next 48 hours, the news of South Carolina allowing those in Phase 1B to get the COVID-19 vaccine was met with both joy and fear, particularly for Conway Medical Center, which would like to start vaccinating HCS teachers on March 12.
For the second consecutive year, the Town of Atlantic Beach has canceled its annual Bikefest, usually held over Memorial Day weekend.
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.
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.
Thousands are awaiting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while others worry that their second dose won't be available. Their worries aren't far-fetched, as both Conway Medical Center and Tidelands Health continue to get only a fraction of the weekly vaccine requests they make.
City council passed a motion to approve an extension to an emergency ordinance requiring masks in certain establishments due to the pandemic at a meeting Thursday night.
"But Tidelands Health — like other health systems across our region and nation — is not receiving enough vaccine supply to meet demand," says Bruce Bailey, Tidelands Health's CEO.
Tidelands Health has now administered more than 10,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, but its pace moving forward will have to do with supply, not the demand.
Though no budget was proposed at this time for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, Georgetown County School Board held a public brainstorming session to discuss the needs of county schools.
Among the medical outlets facing growing pressure to dole out COVID-19 vaccines from Gov. Henry McMaster, Tidelands Health says that nearly 34,000 individuals that are 70 years and older have signed up to receive the Pfizer vaccine since last Wednesday.
Local legislators are pushing federal representatives to help South Carolina with its COVID-19 vaccine shortage, according to a statement Saturday from 16 area legislators.
The Georgetown County School District announced a new instructional method on Wednesday evening, with elementary and intermediate school students now having the ability to have in-person instruction four days per week on the “Hybrid Plus” plan.
GEORGETOWN — Just days after it announced that it would return to hybrid instruction, the Georgetown County School District announced that it had changed its decision and will remain in remote instruction next week.
Ashley Griffith, head nurse in the critical care unit at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, has seen her fair share of ups and downs since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, and offered up a behind-the-scenes look at the raw emotion that comes along with it.
The Georgetown County School District announced on Tuesday afternoon that it would extend remote instruction by one week due to “high” spread of COVID-19 throughout the county.
At Tidelands Health, which operates the Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital, reported 80 COVID-19 inpatients on Sunday, a new record for the medical outlet. On Monday, the hospitals along the Grand Strand set a new mark for concurrent COVID-19 hospitalizations with 246.
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With Christmas Day bringing about the largest single-day number of new COVID-19 cases since July 4 with 260, Horry County is potentially tracking to experience its worst month since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 90 new COVID-19 cases in Georgetown County on Friday, setting a single-day high for the county. Meanwhile, Horry County added 135 cases as it reached triple figures for the seventh consecutive day.
The Georgetown County School District announced Friday afternoon that it will move to “remote” instruction when school resumes after the Winter Break on Jan. 4, 2021, due to potential COVID-19 positivity over the coming Winter Break.
Both Tidelands Health in Murrells Inlet and Spartanburg Regional in the Upstate doled out their first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
Father Michel Bineen Mukad, administrator of St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in Georgetown, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. He was 38. His self-inflicted death came a day after a diagnosis of COVID-19.
As both Horry and Georgetown school districts see a measurable uptick in positive COVID-19 cases, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced an additional 140 cases in Horry County and 13 in Georgetown County on Wednesday afternoon.
The J. Reuben Long Detention Center announced that 56 inmates have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in isolation in designated isolation units.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 181 new cases in Horry County on Monday — the county’s highest total since July 15.
With a trio of hospitals in both Horry and Georgetown counties now sitting 95 to 100 percent occupied as of Friday afternoon, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced an additional 113 positive COVID-19 cases in Horry County, while Georgetown had its most since Aug. 21 with 21.
For the third time in 7 days, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported that Horry County had in excess of 100 new COVID-19 cases, with 126 announced on Wednesday afternoon.
With Horry County registering 111 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and hospitals scrambling to keep up with demand, November has brought about further signs that the virus is gaining strength along the Grand Strand.