🌱 New COVID Guidelines + Horry County No.1 In Human Trafficking

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Happy Tuesday, Myrtle Beach! Here's everything you need to know going on in town today.

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Chilly weather continues for Tuesday:

Plenty of sun, but cold. High: 43 Low: 28.

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Here are the top five stories in Myrtle Beach today:

  1. Government buildings in Horry County are putting occupancy limits back in place because of the increase in COVID-19 cases. The number of people allowed inside most government buildings will be limited, and anyone visiting is strongly advised to wear a mask. The South Strand Auditor's office is closed, and the Treasurer's Office is on a drive-thru only system. Other buildings are having check-in procedures at the entrances, asking for appointment-only visitors, or otherwise operating on a space available basis. (WBTW)

  2. DHEC issued new guidelines for schools in light of the increase in omicron cases statewide. The quarantine times for someone who has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person can be reduced to five days, with specific conditions including being asymptomatic, negative test results, and wearing a mask for five more days. Schools also have two new options for quarantine: a temporary 10-day quarantine period, and a "Test To Stay" program. (WMBF)

  3. Brown's Ferry Elementary School is returning to virtual learning starting today due to COVID-19. In-person learning is tentatively scheduled to resume on January 19th. The school has been heavily impacted with a large number of students and staff in quarantine. Georgetown County officials will reassess the situation on January 18th prior to confirming resumption of in-person learning. (WMBF)

  4. Horry County continues to hold the number one spot for human trafficking reports in SC for the third year in a row. The state Attorney General released the annual human trafficking report for 2021 on Monday. The Attorney General's Office is launching a prevention education initiative this year to bring awareness of the crime to youth, who are often victims of trafficking. (wpde.com)

  5. The victim of last week's shooting at the 900 block of Grey Street died several days after being brought to the hospital. His death resulted in the shooter being charged with murder and first-degree burglary in the case. (WBTW)

Today in Myrtle Beach:

  • Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee Meeting @ HC Council Conference Room (10:00 AM)

  • Storytime Adventures @ Socastee Library (10:30 AM)

  • James Hood - Caribbean Cowboy @ Sundown Sports Pub (4:00 PM)

  • Charles Freeman @ Dead Dog Saloon (6:00 PM)

  • Town Council Regular Meeting @ Town of Surfside Beach (6:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach: For over four years, Lorie Richardson has been an integral member of our team. Lorie will be needing surgery for her ankle, and her tenure with us came to an end this week. We are sad to lose such an asset to our team. Lorie, thank you for being you! We hope recovery is quick so you can visit us soon. (Facebook)

  • Mayor Bethune is starting out her second mayoral term with goals for Myrtle Beach. Her intention is to make Myrtle Beach a city where people want to live, work, and stay. Bethune takes her oath of office today. (WMBF)

  • Horry County Schools will be hosting several virtual Educator Recruitment Events for certified teacher applicants (including guidance and library media). Virtual events are as follows: • Special Education/ESOL - Jan. 28, 2022Middle/High School Feb 4, 2022; Elementary Feb 11, 2022. Visit TeachHorryCounty.net and register today. Come join our family and teach Horry County! (Facebook)

  • Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon: Grab a 2022 RACE PASS for entry into five races along the Grand Strand! Each pass guarantees you entry into five races of your choice along with all the amenities including a Run Myrtle Beach Hoodie, event t-shirts, refreshments and our event finisher medals!! (Instagram)

  • Are you great at customer service or sales? How about nursing, insurance, or marketing? There are some jobs available in those fields worth taking a look at in the latest Myrtle Beach area job openings. (Myrtle Beach Patch)

  • Average gas prices on the Grand Strand are down nearly two cents per gallon over last week's data, according to GasBuddy's survey of 200 gas stations. The lowest price is $2.76 per gallon, and the highest in the Myrtle Beach vicinity is $3.24 per gallon. (WMBF)

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Now you're in the loop and ready to start this Tuesday! I'll see you Wednesday for another Myrtle Beach update.

Kathy Mandell

About me: The best decision I ever made was relocating to the Myrtle Beach area from New England a few years ago, with my three dogs and three cats. I enjoy dogs, cats, road trips, photography, writing, vegetarian food, live music, bicycling and above all my daily walks on the beaches in and around the Grand Strand.

This article originally appeared on the Myrtle Beach Patch

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