The latest developments on COVID-19: Attractions reopen, 10,416 cases, 446 deaths, widespread testing available

By Gavin Jackson

TestingGov. Henry McMaster Lifts Stay at Home Order, Reopens Attractions, Businesses, Bars and Dine-in Restaurants, Quick Facts: --DHEC reports 10,416 cases in all 46 counties Map -Total negative tests: 171,034 -446 deaths have been reported. Nearly all of the patients were elderly with underlying health conditions. Mortality demographic data -All non-essential businesses are closed as of April 1. -All South Carolina K-12 schools are closed through the school year. -How South Carolinians Can Protect Themselves Evidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have...

New app inspires first responders to talk mental health

By JT Hydrick

New app inspires first responders to talk mental healthFirefighters work tirelessly and heroically saving lives every day. What many people don’t consider is the toll, both physically and mentally, that it takes on them and their families. Unfortunately, many firefighters (and their families) don’t seek the help that they need to cope with the stressful situations that they encounter. Sometimes they may need help to get past an isolated traumatic event but oftentimes they just need support to cope with the build-up of day to day stress and family tensions. “Firefighters a lot of times don’t seek mental health treatment, and when they do….they are...

Tips for a Good Night's Sleep during Stressful Times

By Bobbi Conner

Dr. Andrea RinnThis week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrea Rinn about practical tips to get a good night’s sleep during stressful times, due to the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Rinn is a physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at MUSC.

Coronavirus patient takes comfort from remote monitoring

By JT Hydrick

Coronavirus Patient Takes Comfort From In-Home MonitoringAs COVID-19 positive patients seek treatment , many are turning to remote monitoring via Telehealth as a way to manage their symptoms and maintain contact with their healthcare providers. Some patients have reported difficulty getting tested and receiving treatment, due to changes in onsite office procedures. COVID-19 patient Mashanda Ardister of North Charleston found successful treatment through MUSC’s Remote Patient Monitoring program , “Knowing that I had access to a nurse, to a doctor, and someone who was actually monitoring my symptoms on a daily basis gave me a sense of peace.” Doctors...

Healthcare providers share experience using telehealth during pandemic

By John Lewis

A diabetic patient takes his blood pressure using a remote monitoring program.The COVID-19 pandemic has forced most South Carolinians to stay home whenever possible. While healthcare professionals have recommended avoiding clinics and hospitals without calling your doctor first, many providers throughout South Carolina have taken advantage of the state's telehealth network to provide care remotely. Through secure live video, healthcare providers can connect with patients wherever they are to deliver care. We asked providers across the state to share their experience with telehealth during the pandemic. From family medicine to psychiatry and pediatrics , in Charleston...

Protecting Newborn Babies during the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Bobbi Conner

Dr. Michelle AmayaThis week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Amaya about protecting newborn babies during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Amaya is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.