Status Update: A Look at Myrtle Beach’s Battle With COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has varied based on geography. Residents of the New York metro area were forced to deal with an outbreak that was nearly as bad as any in the world, while some rural counties have seen little impact.

Most of the nation falls somewhere in between, leading people to wonder what it’s like elsewhere. With many of the same questions arising about the impact of the Coronavirus on Myrtle Beach, we wanted to provide you the latest update on how the area is progressing.

— First, a snapshot: South Carolina ranks 37th in nation in COVID-19 cases on a per capita basis, and we haven’t seen a spike in hospitalizations or deaths, despite increased testing and reopening the economy.

— Within South Carolina, Horry County (home to Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Conway) and Georgetown County (Garden City, Pawleys Island, Litchfield) have fared very well to date. Horry County is 36th in the state in cases, adjusted for population, and Georgetown is 39th out of South Carolina’s 46 counties. For the record, the lower you are on the lists we are discussing, the better.

— While the area’s numbers to date are encouraging, we aren’t rushing to declare victory. State and local officials are closely monitoring the situation and will respond accordingly.

— Area residents have started to resume something that resembles normal life – golf courses, restaurants, beaches, attractions et al are open – but we aren’t encouraging people to travel until they are comfortable doing so. People will become comfortable traveling on their own timeline and when they are ready, Myrtle Beach will be waiting.

— Myrtle Beach golf courses continue to implement Enhanced Sanitation Protocols, which are designed to keep players and course staff safe, and the area’s abundant sunshine seems to serve as a natural defense against the spread of COVID-19. For a complete list of steps being taken by area courses, click here.

— Many Grand Strand courses are allowing players to walk at any layout where it’s practical to do so. If you want to walk, we don’t have pull carts for rent, so you will need to carry your bag.

As the situation on the ground changes, we will keep you updated.

Hopefully things are improving wherever you are and some sense of normalcy will begin to return.

More Information:

Listen: Gimme Golf Podcast Episode #20~From The Frontline: How Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Are Handling COVID-19