🌱Richardson On COVID & Flu +MB Armed Robbery + NYE Crash Kills 1

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Happy New Year, Myrtle Beach! Here's everything you need to know going on locally today, Saturday, January 1, 2022!

A look at the continued beach weather:

Remaining warm with some sun. High: 75 Low: 64.

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Here are the five top stories today in Myrtle Beach:

  1. The state of South Carolina has reached a new record high in COVID-19 confirmed cases: 6,319. The previous high record for SC was almost exactly a year ago, January 6, 2021, when the number of confirmed cases was 5,712. Horry County has a case count of 288 confirmed and 225 probable. Of the 14 confirmed deaths in the state, one was in Horry County. Hospitalization numbers are also up statewide. (WBTW)

  2. Dr. Paul Richardson of Conway Medical Center predicts that COVID-19 will "hopefully move from pandemic to endemic" soon. He remarked that the virus is showing repeated patterns as we head into the new year. Aside from his recommendation that people get COVID vaccines, he also talked about hand-washing as a practice that helps lessen the spread of infection long before COVID-19 came along, as well as continuing social distancing and mask-wearing for the time being. (wpde.com)

  3. Richardson also spoke with News13 about the increase in flu cases at Grand Strand Medical Center and Conway Medical Center. Dr. Richardson suggested that last year's protocols of staying home and wearing masks lowered the incidence of influenza in the Myrtle Beach area. He says the flu is "back with a vengeance" as more than 4,500 cases of flu have been reported in South Carolina this season. He expressed a specific concern about patients who may come down with both influenza and COVID — calling it a "double whammy."(WBTW)

  4. Myrtle Beach Police are looking for a vehicle that is possibly connected to an armed robbery. The robbery happened at 2:30 a.m. on Friday near the 6200 block of North Kings Highway. Another robbery occurred Thursday evening near Cannon Road and Highway 15, and police are unsure if the two incidents are related. A photo of the vehicle has been shared with the press. Anyone with information should call MBPD at (843) 918-1382 and use report number 21-023255 when calling. (WMBF)

  5. A mid-morning crash on Highway 17 Bypass at Azalea Lakes Boulevard has claimed the life of one person and injured three others. The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. on Friday when the driver of one car did not yield the right of way to another that was turning onto Highway 17. Roads were closed for several hours. The person who died was a passenger in one of the vehicles, and was not wearing a seatbelt. The injured passengers were taken to the hospital. (wpde.com)

Today in Myrtle Beach:

  • Noon Year's Day Party @ Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach (11:00 AM)

  • Randy Atwood @ Duck Dive Bar & Grill (1:00 PM)

  • Winter Wonderland at the Beach @ Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion (3:00 PM) Note: due to this week's unusually warm weather, this event has been delayed and closed several times. Call or check website before going. Sunday, January 2nd is the final day/night of the event.

  • Night of a Thousand Candles @ Brookgreen Gardens (4:00 PM) The final night of this event is Sunday, January 2nd.

  • Final night of The South's Grandest Christmas Show 2021 and Greg Rowles' last performance with the theatre @ Alabama Theatre (7:00 PM)

  • 100 Grand Band @ Dead Dog Saloon (8:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • A Myrtle Beach high school student created a free library for the community. The idea is simple: drop off a book, take a book. The book exchange kiosk is located on Somerset Drive in Myrtle Beach. (wpde.com)

  • SCDNR is determined to expand oyster shell recycling operations in Horry & Georgetown counties. Officials at the Department of Natural Resources remind oyster lovers that the shells are crucial to the population of oysters because babies seek discarded shells to attach themselves onto as they grow. The DNR has 30 shell drop-off sites in South Carolina, and urges restaurants to bring discarded shells to one of the sites. (WMBF)

  • Crafty Angels of the Strand meets every Thursday in Surfside Beach, crocheting and knitting blankets, hats and more to donate to community members in need. The group has made close to 900 items to distribute to people in need across Horry County this year! (WBTW)

  • Myrtle Beach native Hunter Weaver is returning to her hometown as Watercrest Myrtle Beach Assisted Living and Memory Care's new Executive Director. Weaver knew as a teenager that she wanted to make a career in senior living. Residents will soon be occupying the new facility as a certificate of occupancy has been issued to Watercrest, giving it the go-ahead to begin moving residents into the newly-built senior living campus. (Index-Journal)

  • North Myrtle Beach Police: Check this video out explaining what our new Jr K9 program is about. (Facebook)

  • News13 has compiled a list of their 10 best places to get a sandwich in Myrtle Beach. Did your favorite place make the list? Check it out! (WBTW)

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Now you're in the loop and ready to start 2022 well-informed! Have a safe and happy holiday today! See you Sunday for another Grand Strand 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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