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WTOC is the leading news agency in the Coastal Empire and South Carolina Lowcountry.
2 days ago
"Pause" recommended on Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine
Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis joins Cyreia Sandlin to discuss all things COVID vaccine, including the news about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
6 days ago
Vaccine clinic launches at Savannah Civic Center
COVID-19 restrictions have been loosened in the state of Georgia, per an executive order by Governor Brian Kemp. The Savannah Civic Center is now also being used as a vaccination clinic. WTOC's Cyreia Sandlin talks with Hospice Savannah's Tiffany Fordham and Gulfstream's Mark Bennett about it.
Apr 2, 2021
Keeping college students healthy, safe during a pandemic
All adults ages 16 years and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina, and the Coastal Health District celebrates a vaccine milestone. Plus, WTOC digital anchor Jake Wallace speaks with Georgia Southern University Health Services medical director Dr. Brian DeLoach about running a health center on a college campus during a pandemic, their efforts to provide vaccines to students, and how they plan to help the school’s return to full in-person instruction in the fall.
Mar 30, 2021
Savannah doctor remembers working in D.C. emergency room during Reagan’s treatment after failed assassination attempt
On March 30, 1981, Memorial Health director of cardiology Dr. Randy Bottner was just a medical student- on his first day of rotation at an emergency room- when President Ronald Reagan was brought to the ER, minutes after being shot in an assassination attempt. Forty years later, Dr. Bottner gives his account of what happened next in this WTOC News podcast.
Mar 26, 2021
Tourism on Tybee still going strong despite pandemic
COVID vaccine eligibility expanded in Georgia this week to everyone 16 and older. Tourism remained strong on Tybee Island this past year despite the pandemic. Mayor Shirley Sessions joins the pod to talk all things Tybee and look forward to the beginning of spring/summer travel.
Mar 19, 2021
One year since the first COVID case in Chatham County
This was an eventful week in Savannah and Chatham County with St. Patrick’s Day and the opening of the state’s mass vaccination site on Wednesday. Jake Wallace looks at both events. This week’s guest is Coastal Health District medical director Dr. Lawton Davis. In the interview, Dr. Davis discusses how St. Patrick’s Day could impact the spread of COVID in Chatham County, reflects on one year since the first confirmed COVID case in Chatham County, and gives his thoughts on how the new mass vaccination site can assist in the fight.
Mar 12, 2021
Mass vaccination site coming to Chatham County
Georgia’s mass vaccination site in Chatham County is just days away from opening. On this episode of WTOC’s Tracking the Vaccine podcast, Jake Wallace speaks with GEMA Director Chris Stallings about the site in Savannah, the process of choosing a location, and what those getting vaccinated there can expect.
Mar 8, 2021
Education community now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
Teachers and school staff are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia and South Carolina. In this episode of WTOC’s Tracking the Vaccine podcast, Jake Wallace speaks with Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Nursing Administrator Lisa Wilson about the district’s effort to vaccinate its teachers and staff, how they prepared for the undertaking and more.
Mar 5, 2021
Vaccine eligibility expanding in Georgia and South Carolina
Georgia and South Carolina are both just days away from vaccine eligibility expansion. In this week’s episode, Jake Wallace looks at the latest updates in both states, including the mass vaccination site headed for Chatham County. For more on South Carolina’s upcoming expansion, Jake speaks with SC DHEC assistant state epidemiologist Dr. Jane Kelly, including why she believes the time is right to expand, meeting the demand, and more.
Feb 26, 2021
Tracking The Vaccine: COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy with Dr. Jessica Mullinix
This week, Jake Wallace talks with Dr. Jessica Mullinix, OB-GYN at St. Joseph’s/Candler about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy. Teachers and school staff in Georgia will soon be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. What about in South Carolina? This episode has updates on both states.
Feb 19, 2021
Tracking the Vaccine with Rev. Dr. Da'Henri Thurmond
In this week's episode, Jake Wallace speaks with Reverend Dr. Da'Henri Thurmond, pastor of St. Paul CME Church in Savannah, about a new initiative partnering faith leaders, policy makers, and St. Joseph's/Candler aimed at building trust in the COVID-19 vaccine among underserved populations. Dr. Thurmond discusses vaccine hesitancy, what he feels faith leaders can do to curb doubt, and what he hopes this initiative will do for the community. Plus, Georgia is set to open four state mass vaccination sites next week.
Feb 12, 2021
COVID-19's impact on tourism with Visit Savannah President Joe Marinelli
In this week's episode, Jake Wallace speaks with Visit Savannah President Joe Marinelli about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the city's tourism businesses, what the vaccine will do, and what's next for the tourism industry. Plus, the battle over getting teachers vaccinated continues. We look at the latest update.
Feb 5, 2021
Tracking the Vaccine with the Southeast Health District
In this week’s episode, Jake Wallace speaks with Southeast Health District health director Dr. Rose Marie Parks and nursing director Cindi Hart about their experiences working in public health through the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges of working in a large, rural area, and the district’s decision to pause vaccine appointments last week. Plus, the topic of vaccine rollout has spilled into the hallways of schools. How the Governors of Georgia and South Carolina are responding.
Jan 29, 2021
Tracking the Vaccine: with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson
This week’s episode features updates on the new South African COVID variant found in South Carolina Thursday, the first cases in the U.S. Plus, WTOC's Jake Wallace speaks with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson about his pledge to be “all in” on helping with vaccine distribution, his message to those traveling to Savannah, and more.
Jan 22, 2021
Did Dawn receive the vaccine or a placebo?
WTOC's Dawn Baker shares her experience this week finding out if she received the vaccine or a placebo during Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine trial.
Jan 18, 2021
Remembering the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Jr. Day Observance Assocation President Carolyn Blackshear and the director of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Vaughnette Goode-Walker, join the pod to look back on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan 15, 2021
Tracking the Vaccine: Vaccine rollouts expanding; Dr. Thacker on rising cases and hospital preparations
It’s been a very eventful week on the COVID-19 front. In Georgia, and specifically in the southeast part of the state- numbers are rising in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. In Georgia and South Carolina- vaccine rollout has expanded. On Monday- adults 65 and older, their caregivers, and first responders became eligible to receive the vaccine in Georgia. Dr. Thacker (14:26) is the associate chief medical officer at Memorial Health in Savannah, and also the hospital’s director of Pediatric Infectious Disease. Thacker received his first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine publicly, his first shot came on December 16 and his second was earlier this month on January 4.
Jan 11, 2021
Kyle Jordan joins the Morning Break team
WTOC's Morning Break anchors Cyreia Sandlin and Tim Guidera welcome a new co-host to the team. Kyle Jordan joins WTOC from our sister station, WCSC, in Charleston, S.C.
Jan 8, 2021
Tracking the Vaccine: Conversation with Chatham Co. Nurse Manager Tammi Brown
Chatham County Nurse Manager Tammi Brown was one of the first people in the state of Georgia to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Brown received her shot while Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was in Savannah discussing the rollout plan for the new vaccine.
Jan 1, 2021
Tracking the Vaccine: Blair Caldwell’s experience bringing you the latest information on the pandemic
WTOC's Jake Wallace is joined by colleague Blair Caldwell to discuss her experience covering the COVID-19 pandemic. Caldwell is WTOC's health reporter and has been bringing you the very latest information since the pandemic began.
Dec 25, 2020
Tracking the Vaccine: Conversation with the principal investigator in Moderna’s vaccine trial
Dr. Paul Bradley, the principal investigator with the Moderna Vaccine Trail joins WTOC to answer a few questions about the vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine was the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Dec 18, 2020
Tracking the Vaccine: A conversation with Dawn Baker
WTOC's Dawn Baker was the very first person in the US to receive a Phase 3 vaccine trial dose. The longtime anchor discusses why she chose to participate in a clinical trial and how the pandemic has affected her.
Aug 6, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and returning to school w/ Dr. Stephen Thacker
Dawn Baker is joined by Dr. Stephen Thacker, Associate Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Health, to discuss the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic locally and the back to school season.
Jul 29, 2020
Dealing with the stress of returning to school during a pandemic
WTOC's Mike Cihla is joined by Lindse Murphy, with Memorial Health, to discuss the stressors of school and dealing with the added anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jul 29, 2020
Helping older kids adjust to changes at school w/ Dr. Charelle Coates
WTOC's Mike Cihla is joined by Adolescent Medicine Dr. Charelle Coates to discuss returning to school during a pandemic.
Jul 28, 2020
Getting younger children ready for school w/ Pediatrician Dr. Andrew Gunter
Pediatrician Dr. Andrew Gunter, from Memorial Health, joins WTOC's Mike Cihla to discuss preparing your kids for Back 2 School season during the COVID-19 pandemic.