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.
A student at Myrtle Beach Elementary School was recently held in a storage closet with the door cracked after they went to the school nurse’s office with COVID-19-like symptoms, according to a pair of emails obtained by the Post and Courier Myrtle Beach.
A decision to withhold COVID-19 vaccine doses from Horry County Fire Rescue represents the first time South Carolina has punished a vaccine provider for not following eligibility rules.
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.
The Horry County Schools Board of Education indicated on Feb. 22 that its open spot on the board will be determined by appointment and not a special election.
Horry County Schools has announced a partnership with Conway Medical Center to administer COVID-19 vaccine doses once available.
An Horry County Schools kindergarten teacher and a frustrated parent were outspoken during public comment at the Board of Education meeting on Feb. 22, with both making pleas to the board to rid classrooms of plexiglass.
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.
As full-time, face-to-face instruction returns to Horry County middle and high schools in the coming weeks, Jenny Leckey, a high school teacher and former HCS Teacher of the Year, is providing the Post and Courier an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at life as a teacher during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Horry County Government has received an official inquiry from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control after a note promising the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to all employees was made public by Johnny Vaught, the District 8 representative on Horry County Council.
In a conversation with the Post and Courier, Georgetown County School District Superintendent Keith Price said he would support a proposal to the school board for middle and high school students to shift to Hybrid+ learning, so long as the schools are able to have five key health mitigation strategies in place.
"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.
Amid 'frustrated' teachers and upset parents over the return of full-time, in-person instruction, The Post and Courier Myrtle Beach has exclusively obtained a petition that will debut on Feb. 4, with Horry County Schools teachers calling for the immediate end to plexiglass installation on middle and high school campuses due to concerns over who is doing the work.
Susan Chandler King, or "Mrs. King" to thousands, made her mark with her 24-year run as a science teacher at St. James Middle School, teaching to the day before she passed on.
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.
John Poston, the District 8 representative and vice chairman of the Horry County Schools Board of Education, has died after a battle with COVID-19 in recent weeks.
Myrtle Beach resident and business owner Nancy Poole focuses on making a difference through her work at Strand College of Hair Design.
Horry County Schools announced on Monday night that as of Feb. 8, elementary school students will return to brick-and-mortar education full-time.
Horry County Schools teachers have taken exception to Helen Smith, the District 6 representative, after she seemed to minimize the challenges that have come with being an HCS Virtual teacher — a role thrust upon many due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coastal Carolina University announced on Friday that its new president, Michael Benson, has tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, the university reported the most new weekly cases since September.
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.
Horry County Schools is facing another controversy after it asked a teacher to remove a video from her personal Facebook feed, with the content dealing with the installation of plexiglass in elementary schools. In addition, the district is facing an angry community group after its call to stay virtual went unheard.
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.
CONWAY — Horry County Schools announced to parents on Wednesday morning that it will return to its hybrid instructional model on Tuesday.
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.
As students and teachers began their second week of COVID-19-related remote learning on Monday, Horry County Schools did not reveal what type of instruction will be in place on Jan. 19, leaving 30,000-plus hybrid students in flux and families with less than a week to make adjustments either way.
Horry County Schools teachers are calling for the resignation of a district official after a group of employees was allegedly threatened on a video call on Friday.
John Poston, vice chairman for the Horry County Board of Education and District 8 representative, is hospitalized and on a ventilator due to COVID-19, according to board Chairman Ken Richardson.
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.
The support staff at Horry County Schools is questioning why they have to report to school when their teaching counterparts are allowed to work from home, with some calling in "unfair" and "discriminatory."
Horry County Schools announced Sunday morning that all winter sports games have been postponed until Jan. 19, while practices will be put on hold until Jan. 11.
Two area businesses with planned New Year’s Eve parties that extended beyond Gov. Henry McMaster’s 11 p.m. curfew have canceled the parties altogether.
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.
Just days removed from teachers speaking out against Horry County Schools leadership, the much-maligned school district is under fire again, this time from its counselors, teaching assistants and paraprofessionals.
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.
MYRTLE BEACH — In a sudden change of direction, Horry County Schools announced to staff members on Monday afternoon that it would be moving to remote instruction when the district returns from Winter Break, a source close to the situation relayed to the Post and Courier Myrtle Beach.
To say that Horry County Schools teachers are incensed over the timing of the $5 fundraising request would be an understatement — but it was ultimately a feeling of downright disappointment, rooted in a feeling that empathy from their superiors is non-existent.
With 21 high school athletic trainers putting their name to it, Horry County Schools received a letter on Dec. 14 recommending that all winter sports be halted for the time being.
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.
According to a pair of notes delivered to staffers late Friday afternoon, both North Myrtle Beach Middle School and Conway Middle School have been forced into distance learning on Monday and Tuesday due to staffing shortages stemming from COVID-19.
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.
The 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine came via UPS at 8:15 a.m. Monday morning, with Conway Medical Center scurrying to have five members of its medical team get the first doses amid a small crowd of media and hospital brass, with eyes smiling throughout the room.
As thousands in Horry County and throughout South Carolina reconsider their method of school instruction prior to the second semester, medical experts are casting a wide net in questioning the effectiveness of plexiglass.
The Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team has temporarily been shut down after a positive COVID-19 case was discovered within the program.
Nearly 200 students quarantined at one elementary school. Six basketball teams sidelined due to positive COVID-19 tests. Teachers warning parents not to send their kids back to school. Horry County Schools is facing mounting scrutiny.
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.