Healthcare providers are relying on telehealth to treat patients during the pandemic.

As the impact of the Coronavirus continues to evolve and expand, doctors and healthcare providers are continually being forced to reimagine the way they deliver care to their patients on a fundamental level. Providers are relying on live video appointments with patients, commonly known as telehealth, to address concerns during the pandemic.

At a July 15 press conference, Gov. Henry McMaster urged all South Carolina public schools to restart in-person classes the day after Labor Day and give parents the option of face-to-face instruction.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 16, 2020, host Gavin Jackson looks at Gov. Henry McMaster's push to have schools open five days a week this fall, despite pushback from Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. Also in this episode: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) backs Dr. Anthony Fauci while calling attention to medical staffing shortages in the Palmetto State; a look at the markets from a local financial analyst; the latest COVID-19 data; and more.

President Trump News Conference Today at 5:00 p.m.

Jul 14, 2020
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President Trump holds a news conference as schools grapple with how to reopen and coronavirus cases continue to climb. Watch live video here...

Dr. Rochelle Hanson

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rochelle Hanson about coping with uncertainty and protecting our mental health during the pandemic. Dr. Hanson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma, and she’s a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at MUSC.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 14, 2020, we bring you recent comments by Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman on the reopening of schools this fall, excerpts of Sen. Tim Scott's (R-SC) conversation with FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn about the future of a COVID-19 vaccine and current treatments, news from the pediatric front of the pandemic, and more.

Dr. Michael Schmidt
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Schmidt about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  Dr. Schmidt is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at MUSC and he is the past Chair of the Council of Microbial Sciences at the American Society for Microbiology

Gov. Henry McMaster and other state officials announced an executive order July 10, 2020, prohibiting the sale of alcohol at bars and restaurants after 11:00 pm. The move is designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 11, 2020, host Gavin Jackson examines the latest attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Palmetto State through Gov. Henry McMaster's new "last call" executive order. We also look at the hit the tourism industry’s recovery is taking, what changes in worldwide trade and manufacturing could happen in the future, and other insights on the latest COVID-19 data. 

The small business community has been severely impacted by the pandemic.  The financial assistance from the various levels of government has certainly helped but our next guest says that his experience working with small business owners through all of this has highlighted the importance of having a strong and supportive network already in place.

Mike Switzer interviews Dominik Mjartan, president and CEO of Optus Bank in Columbia, SC.

Researcher Finds Possible COVID Warning in Sewage

Jul 9, 2020
Wastewater treatment plants like this one may provide advance warning to spikes in COVID cases, according to research by a University of South Carolina professor.
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Testing for the coronavirus is ongoing throughout the country, but testing individually takes a lot of time.  University of South Carolina public health Professor Sean Norman is taking a different approach.  Viruses are not only carried in the body, but some are also shed in human waste, and coronavirus is one of them.  So Norman is analyzing sewage to determine the presence and amount of the virus in large populations.  He said the application is new, but the technique has been around for a while.

We are all well aware of the effect the pandemic has had on charities and other organizations, such as universities, concert venues, etc. that depend heavily on events for revenue.  So you can imagine what has also happened to our next guest’s company which specializes in event marketing and sponsorships.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Jones, CEO of Fishbait Marketing in Charleston, SC.

A new analysis by the New York Times finds that South Carolina had more coronavirus cases per million people last week than several countries with some of the worst outbreaks in the world.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 9, 2020, we bring you comments from US Attorney General William Barr and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) about police reform, the latest on the shooting at the Lavish Lounge nightclub in Greenville, and a new report listing South Carolina as the third worst place in the world when it comes to new COVID-19 cases per million residents over the past week.

The not-too-long-ago tight labor market has quickly shifted to an overabundance of available workers, thanks to the global pandemic.  How are our state’s technical colleges responding?

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Kyle Wagner, president of Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, SC.

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South Carolina small businesses received $1.87 billion through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, and were able to revive 280,000 jobs by accessing the loans, according to newly released data from the U.S. Small Business Association.

The SBA’s public database identifies businesses that received $150,000 or less in PPP loans. The money went to 55,554 businesses in the state.

Provided by Juwan Williams

Attending a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) is not quite the same as attending college elsewhere. There’s a lot of history and culture that goes with the HBCU experience – and that can be surprisingly intimidating for young African-American intellectuals.

The only thing scarier is the prospect of not being on campus.

And that is what students at Clinton College in Rock Hill are facing, thanks to the coronavirus. Juwan Williams is one of them.

A shooting at Lavish Nightclub in Greenville County in the early morning hours of July 5 left two people dead and eight others injured.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 7, 2020, we bring you discussion about a new book on the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting, the latest on a Upstate shooting this weekend which killed two people and injured eight others, the challenges facing South Carolina hospitals, and more.