Charleston Enacts Stay At Home Ordinance

By Victoria Hansen

King Street in downtown Charleston following the statewide closure of restaurants and barsThe city of Charleston has become the first in the state of South Carolina to enact an ordinance requiring people to stay at home for the next 14 days, except for necessary trips like to the grocery store or pharmacy. The ordinance also closes all non-essential businesses. Mayor John Tecklenburg says he decided to put the ordinance before the city council Tuesday night for emergency action because the Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced the coronavirus pandemic is in an acceleration phase across the state. "This means that there is significant community spread,"...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — The Acceleration Phase

By Gavin Jackson

a97c2cc0-cb18-4b7d-8463-ad38951cf2c4The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No fear. Just COVID-19 news and resources to get us all through this. On this episode for March 24, 2020, we look at the latest updates concerning COVID-19 in South Carolina. According to Department of Health and Environmental Control officials, the virus has entered the acceleration phase in the...

Charleston Restaurants and Bars Try to Survive Despite Coronavirus Closings

By Victoria Hansen

Outside Stella's restaurant in CharlestonVacant parking spaces stretch on, along empty sidewalks in downtown Charleston. A lone man drags his luggage as he easily crosses typically bustling King Street. It’s quiet; too quiet. This is Charleston post coronavirus. Down the street off upper King, the owner of Stella's Restaurant Steven Niketas breaks a sweat. He’s anxious about the recent, emergency order from the governor closing restaurants and bars statewide. But he’s also busy, at least for the moment, packing bags for take-out orders. That’s all that’s left. He's surrounded by empty tables, some with chairs stacked on top. “We’re...

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Red Cross sees a significant drop in donations

By Kaitlyn Cannon

American Red Cross in Rock Hill, SCDue to COVID-19 concerns, blood drive hosts (workplaces, schools, and churches) are being forced to close their doors. American Red Cross Communications Manager, Maya Franklin, explains that as a result of that, "We've seen a lot of blood drives cancel. Actually, thousands of blood drives across the country have canceled, resulting in nearly 170,000 blood donations going uncollected." This poses a concern for those who depend on blood donations for critical care. Franklin explains that those affected by this can be patients with "a chronic illness such as sickle cell, a mother who experiences...

How COVID-19 is affecting realty in Rock Hill

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Realty in Rock HillDue to stock market uncertainty caused by COVID-19, the Federal Reserve reduced interest rates, causing mortgage rates to dip slightly. Speaking to both Margaret Robinson, a mortgage banker with Atlantic Bay Mortgage, and John "Jay" Rinehart, the owner of Rinehart Realty, we discover how this has been affecting their businesses.

South Carolina ETV reimagines mission-driven partnership with the S.C. Department of Education in response to COVID-19

SCETV/SCDE PartnershipCOLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina ETV (SCETV) today announced a plan in partnership with the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) to broadcast streamlined, curriculum-based programming for the state’s pre-K through 12th grade students in response to mandatory school closures due to the coronavirus. SCETV is the state's only public educational broadcasting network with 11 television stations and eight radio stations throughout South Carolina. With an estimated 800,000 students enrolled in more than 1,250 schools in 81 public school districts across the state, this partnership between SCETV and...

Coronavirus Pandemic Creates Stress for Small Business Owners and Self-Employed

By Victoria Hansen

Cacky Rivers holds the veil of a bride as part of her small business Cacky's Bride + Aid.You can hear it in her voice. Cacky Rivers who routinely eases the anxiety of brides on their big day is nervous. "My dad said recently, 'This too shall pass', and that's what's kept me going." Her voice trails off. There's a long pause on the other end of the phone. The "this" Rivers is referring to is the Coronavirus pandemic that has spread across the globe leaving a trail of death and economic uncertainty behind. “It's a very scary situation," Rivers says. She likens it to a hurricane, but worse. Cacky is a small business owner in the Charleston area with a unique company called, “Cacky’s...

Insurance companies' telehealth policies during COVID-19

By John Lewis

A doctor connects to a rural hospital from his office through telehealth.As hospitals focus more attention on addressing the coronavirus pandemic , insurance companies and healthcare providers are emphasizing the use of telehealth services for patients that are not critically ill or presenting symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath). "South Carolina insurance companies are requested to incentivize doctors to treat patients with non-COVID-19 issues by telehealth, rather than in-person," Governor Henry McMaster said in a news conference on Tuesday. "If it can be done without an in-person visit, do that. That will allow space for those who do need to...

How to access free telehealth services during COVID-19

By John Lewis

Dr. Bryon Frost, in his Florence office, uses telehealth for virtual appointments with patients.To help assess patients with potential COVID-19 symptoms, several South Carolina healthcare providers are offering free access to telehealth services. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath), telehealth is a great way to be screened by a care provider without having to go to a doctor's office or hospital. "Telehealth is an extremely logical solution to a public health concern like this," said MUSC infectious disease physician Amanda Parks. "We're talking about a highly communicable disease. It's highly transmissible. And particularly when you have...

Rock Hill's Homeless Services (Including the Free Bus) Adjust for Covid-19

By Scott Morgan

8706b9cc-52b5-46c8-a0b6-a3e7e6f7551dRock Hill has two services the city's homeless population uses on a daily basis to get something to eat. One is the MyRide bus system, a free, citywide service for all; the other is the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, MyRide drops off across the street from the soup kitchen Monday through Saturday at around 11:30 a.m. There, a usually packed No. 2 route bus mostly empties and riders make their way to a hot lunch at one of the soup kitchen's tables, amid plenty of chatty company. On Monday, lunch was not hot, not chatty, and not served on a plate taken to a table. It was a ham and cheese sandwich, a...