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  • This edition of the South Carolina Lede for September 21, 2021, features: a discussion about equity and infrastructure investment as Congress returns to take up trillions of dollars in spending; new data from Pfizer about giving young children its COVID-19 vaccine; and DHEC's Dr. Brannon Traxler on how the Palmetto State is handling the recent surge of the Delta variant.
  • Upstate hospitals are past capacity as more COVID-19 patients strain resources. Their frustration over what they see as a preventable catastrophe is weighing on them.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 11, 2021, we look at the continued debate between state leaders and the Biden administration over vaccination and mask mandates, hear about the struggles faced by frontline medical workers in the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant, and reflect on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 7, 2021, we speak with Dr. Melissa Nolan, professor of epidemiology at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and co-lead for the Sampling and Testing Representative Outreach for Novel Coronavirus Guidance (STRONG).
  • On this edition of the South Carolina Lede for September 4, 2021, we break down the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision this week that found Columbia's mask mandate for schools to be illegal. Also on this episode: new analysis of CDC data by The New York Times finds that the Palmetto State has the highest per capita COVID-19 case rate in the country; HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge visits the state to promote vaccinations; and much more.
  • Charleston Mayor John Tecklenberg announced Friday that all workers in the state's largest city must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 22, though people can still opt out for medical “and other limited” reasons.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 28, 2021, we're joined by Joseph Bustos, state government and politics reporter with The State, to discuss mask mandates, state lawsuits, and his recent reporting from a COVID-19 medical unit. Also in this episode: the latest COVID-19 case numbers; new information about booster shots; and more.
  • Doctors and health professionals are frustrated by what they say is a preventable surge in Delta variant cases. Their message – wear masks and get vaccinated – hasn't changed, and they want more people to listen to it.
  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 24, 2021, features: comments from the state Congressional delegation on the $1.2 trillion Senate infrastructure bill, earmarks, and Afghanistan; the latest data from DHEC on climbing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations; Pfizer's vaccine gets full approval from the FDA; and more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 21, 2021, we look at the current COVID-19 situation in the state, including the debate over masks in schools, the latest case numbers, vaccination recommendations for pregnant women, and much more.