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On Thursday morning, the Spartanburg County Council held a special meeting to vote on whether to ask residents and visitors to wear face coverings – not just masks – at grocery stores and pharmacies in the county. The resolution adopted 3-1 was largely symbolic, as most measures by county and local governments have been amid a stunning spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases and escalating death totals.

There will be no enforcement, in other words, if someone walks into a supermarket without a mask on.

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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 2, 2020, host Gavin Jackson brings you the latest data on the Palmetto State's growing number of COVID-19 cases, what the second half of the year may look like economically, thoughts from Gov. Henry McMaster concerning masks, and more.

Our healthcare system represents the front line in the battle against Covid-19.  How is it holding up here in South Carolina?

Mike Switzer interviews Craig Self with Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC. *Please note that the statistics mentioned by Mr. Self during this interview were as of the date of the recording of the interview: June 11, 2020.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 30, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Maya T. Prabhu to take an in-depth look at Georgia’s new hate crimes law. We also hear from South Carolina public health officials about increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, listen to your voicemails, and more.

Dr. Vanessa Hinson
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Vanessa Hinson about challenges for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) during the pandemic, plus updates about research and newly approved medicines for PD patients in 2020. Dr. Hinson is a Professor of Neurology and the Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at MUSC.

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Tuesday at 10:00 a.m: The Senate Health Committee discusses plans for reopening schools and offices that have been shuttered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Watch a live video stream of the hearing here...

Dr. Kenneth Michael Cummings
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kenneth Michael Cummings about a plan to quit smoking during the pandemic and a look at the many benefits of quitting (plus practical tips to help succeed at quitting). Dr. Cummings is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and he is involved in research related to tobacco use prevention and smoking cessation at MUSC.

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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 27, 2020, host Gavin Jackson brings you a look at the cities that are and aren’t issuing face mask requirements along with the Gov. Henry McMaster's thoughts on a statewide ordinance. Plus, we catch you up on the latest broadband expansion efforts including what internet maps in your area look like, hear from an MUSC doctor about when you should go to the hospital for COVID-19 symptoms, and more.

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Today at 4:00 p.m: Governor Henry McMaster and his emergency response team will offer a live update on the state's efforts to battle the spread of the coronavirus. South Carolina Public Radio will broadcast the briefing.

Watch live video of the briefing here...

Capital City Columbia Passes Face Covering Ordinance

Jun 26, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike, more cities are passing their own rules requiring masks. Clemson and Charleston are joining Greenville and Columbia in requiring everyone to wear masks in grocery stores and pharmacies. 
South Carolina Public Radio's Vince Kolb-Lugo spoke with Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin about the city's new rules, which go into effect Friday, June 26, 2020. 

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Today at 12:30 p.m.: The White House coronavirus task force, led by Vice President Pence, is holding a briefing at the Department of Health and Human Services. Watch the remarks live, here...

After a 17-hour process, the statue of John C. Calhoun in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, was removed on June 24, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 25, 2020, host Gavin Jackson brings you an account of the removal of the John C. Calhoun statue from Charleston's Marion Square, a look at moves by two of the state’s biggest cities to mandate mask usage in certain places, a breakdown of Gov. Henry McMaster's new restaurant COVID-19 safety plan, and more.

House Coronavirus Response Hearing

Jun 23, 2020
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Today at 11:00a.m.: The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding oversight hearings on the Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Top public health officials including Anthony Fauci and CDC director Robert Redfield will testify. Watch the live video here...

Joy Watkins
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There is no doubt that everybody is learning a lesson or two (or three or more) from this pandemic.  Maybe it’s the importance of sanitary living or maybe it’s all about money.  Our next guest says that there are certainly some financial planning lessons that have become much more important.

Mike Switzer interviews Joy Watkins, a certified financial planner, principal, and director of financial planning at Anchor Investment Management in Columbia, SC.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 23, 2020, we look at Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) JUSTICE Act and related issues at the state level, hear from a lawyer about worker’s compensation issues during these COVID-19 times, and get more info from one of DHEC’s top officials handling the pandemic.

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