COVID-19

SC Lede: COVID-19 — The Senate Vibe Checks McMaster

May 16, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Gov. Henry McMaster talks with ZVerse owner John Carrington in his West Columbia warehouse

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 16, 2020, we look at how a majority of State Senate Republicans want to check Gov. Henry McMaster's emergency powers, and what he thinks about it. Plus, the governor tours a plant that produces practical face shields for...

SC Inmates handcraft items for nursing home residents during COVID-19

May 15, 2020 - Posted in News by Holly Bounds Jackson
Handcrafted card

Inmates across South Carolina are using their talents to lift the spirits of nursing home residents whose visits and activities have come to a halt because of COVID-19. Hard time is even harder these days at the state’s correctional institutions. For weeks, families haven’t...

SC General Assembly Approves Budget Resolution, Adds New Funding to Combat COVID-19

May 15, 2020 - Posted in News by Russ McKinney
File photo of the S.C. House chamber

The SC House and Senate were finally able to agree on a resolution this week that will keep state government operating beyond the end of this fiscal year on June 30th. Lawmakers interrupted this year’s legislative session back in March because of the coronavirus outbreak...

Pastoring in a pandemic

May 14, 2020 - Posted in Local by Holly Bounds Jackson
Musicians playing outside church doors

Every aspect of life as we knew it is changing - including how we worship. First Baptist Church of Hartsville is one of hundreds across the state stepping out of the norm to continue their ministry through worship and fellowship. “We’ve definitely been learning as we go,”...

Healthcare providers share experience using telehealth during pandemic

May 14, 2020 - Posted in Health 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...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — He Likes Us! Fauci Likes Us!

May 14, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Gov. Henry McMaster

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 14, 2020, we take a deep look into the guidelines for reopening South Carolina businesses, recap the legislative action this week to keep the state funded, and hear what National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...

Dealing with COVID-Related "Cabin Fever"

May 14, 2020 - Posted in News by Tut Underwood
Cabin fever caused by sheltering at home during the coronavirus outbreak can cause some serious mental health problems, say two Columbia psychiatrists.

Even though many stores and restaurants are gradually opening, many people are still working from home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Others are confined to their homes by self-quarantining, or by unemployment. Weeks or months of self-sequestering can lead to what'...

Stretching the Supply of N95 Masks

May 12, 2020 - Posted in News by Vince Kolb-Lugo
South Carolina Public Radio

With personal protective equipment in short supply, researchers are figuring out how to fill in the gaps and stretch supplies. One researcher at Clemson University is developing new methods to clean and sanitize medical masks that healthcare providers use. Dr. Mark Johson,...

Mask Makers Help Keep Health Care Workers Safe

May 12, 2020 - Posted in News by Tut Underwood
Individual seamstresses and small businesses are making face masks to help workers in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities

Both small businesses and individuals have enlisted in an effort to help hospitals, doctors' offices and employees of other institutions to protect themselves from the coronavirus by making reusable cloth masks, gowns or other protective equipment. Columbia's Soda City...

Protecting Newborn Babies during the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 12, 2020 - Posted in Health by Bobbi Conner
Dr. Michelle Amaya

This 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.

S.C. General Assembly to Address State Budget Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

May 11, 2020 - Posted in News by Alfred Turner
File photo of the S.C. Senate in session

This year’s session of the SC General Assembly was interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak back in March before lawmakers were able to approve next year’s state operating budget. So, they plan to return to Columbia for a couple of days this week to pass a resolution to...

Positive Strategies for Dealing with the Daily Ups and Downs of Parenting during the Pandemic

May 11, 2020 - Posted in Health by Bobbi Conner
Dr. Rachel Zweigoron

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rachael Zweigoron about some positive strategies for dealing with the daily ups and downs of parenting during the pandemic. Dr. Zweigoran is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatrician at MUSC Children’s Health.

SC Lede: COVID-19 — What Day Is It Even?

May 9, 2020 - Posted in News by Gavin Jackson
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) visited Pendleton, SC, on Friday, May 7, 2020, to tour the Milliken and Company textile plant

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 9, 2020, we preview what lawmakers will be doing when they return to the state house next week, discuss safeguarding state primaries in June, and travel to Pendleton, SC, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) visits a textile plant...

How COVID-19 is affecting student food access

May 8, 2020 - Posted in News by Kaitlyn Cannon
Program in Greenville, SC

Disclaimer: Proper PPE regulations have evolved over time. All footage reflects proper adherence to PPE guidelines as they existed at the time of filming. "We are operating the National School Lunch and Breakfast program in the State of South Carolina, which is a program...

SC Prison Inmates Sue for Early Release as Coronavirus Claims Lives Inside

May 7, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Mark Trammell fighting for early release because he has stage four liver cancer and recently suffered a heart attack.

51 year-old Chris Varner of Anderson found love late in life. He's been married to Gay Stanley for nearly a year. They've spent much of their time together, apart. He worries he may never see her again. "I honestly believe it would be the end of her if she catches it," says...

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