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...

DHEC Announces First COVID-19 Related Death

By Thelisha Eaddy

South Carolina's first COVID-19 related death was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing FacilityThe South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has reported the state’s first death related to COVID-19 novel coronavirus. “We regret to report that South Carolina has suffered its first death in an elderly person recently reported to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who was a resident of Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Skilled Nursing Facility,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC Physician Consultant. “Our state health officials continue to work with national and local partners to respond to this ongoing public health matter.” The patient was from Lexington...

Charleston Braces for Coronavirus as Busy Tourism Season Begins with Cancellations

By Victoria Hansen

The Volvo Cup Open on Daniel IslandIt's not the typical thick, green coating of pollen that has people scrambling indoors this spring in Charleston. Instead it's something much more serious; a highly contagious coronavirus with a spiky crown, prickling communities with fear and prompting the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic. But like the pesky pollen, the new and potentially deadly virus is striking at the start of Charleston's busy tourist season. "I think what's driving the fear and angst in the general individual is the unknowing," says Michael Schmidt, Ph.D. He's a professor of microbiology and immunology at...

S.C. House Passes FY 20-21 State Budget

By Russ McKinney

File photo: S.C. House of Representatives chamberThe state is on its way to having a record state budget. The House of Representatives this week approved next year’s state spending package, and for the first time it totals over $10 Billion . The state’s soaring population coupled with an exceptionally strong economy is leading to larger than expected tax revenues allowing state lawmakers to approve significant spending increases for programs such as education, public safety, and infrastructure. The House budget, now on its way to the Senate would also return some of the tax money to taxpayers, one of Republican Gov. Henry McMaster’s budget...