House Coronavirus Response Hearing

Jun 23, 2020
U.S. Capitol building
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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.

Dr. Michele Hudspeth
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Hudspeth about treating childhood cancer during the coronavirus crisis.   Dr. Hudspeth is the Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and she is the Director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

SC Gov. Henry McMaster (right) at Fibertex Nonwoven facility in Laurens County, June 5, 2020
SC Governor's Office

New cases of the coronavirus are soaring in the state causing a new set of challenges for state and local officials.

For the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Carolina saw relatively low numbers of cases attributed to a series of state mandates ordering schools and many businesses closed, and for people to stay home.

Dr. Elizabeth Mack
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about the impact that the pandemic has had upon routine childhood vaccinations.   Dr. Mack is the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health and she’s a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Gavin Jackson and SC Lede horticulturalist Brinton Fox on June 19, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 20, 2020, we examine the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision this week prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ employees, as well as the latest unemployment data, and the link between stress and alcohol abuse during the pandemic. Plus, SC Lede horticulturalist Brinton Fox joins us with tips on what to plan this summer, and more!

As companies continue to re-open their doors, health experts say that until much more testing has been done and a vaccine developed, they may be increasing their risk of employees and customers becoming sick with COVID-19.  How has the pandemic affected workers’ compensation claims so far and what does it mean going forward?

Mike Switzer interviews Kevin Couch, a workers’ compensation employer defense attorney with Willison, Jones, Carter and Baxley in Greenville, SC.

Educators Consider COVID's Effects on Higher Education

Jun 19, 2020
The COVID pandemic has colleges and universities all over the country making plans on how to proceed with a variety of instruction methods to keep students, faculty and staff safe, and as much as possible, back on campus.
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The coronavirus has changed life for everyone  - from washing hands frequently to wearing masks to keeping social distance - and every segment of our society.  The realm of higher education is no different.  According to Clemson University Dean of Education George Peterson, colleges and universities are wrestling with how COVID-19 will affect their abilities to get back into the classroom - at least partially - while keeping everyone safe.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 18, 2020, we reflect on the Mother Emanuel AME massacre in Charleston five years later. We also examine the police reform bill proposed by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and other GOP lawmakers, look at the latest COVID-19 numbers in the hotspot of Greenville, and more.

Dr. Joshua Smith
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Josh Smith about the increase in risk for developing an alcohol problem during stressful times, and tips for reducing alcohol consumption.  Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and he is the Clinical Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at MUSC.

Transcript (PDF) available upon request.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 16, 2020, host Gavin Jackson looks at recommendations by the AccelerateED taskforce to address steps forward for educators and students amid the ongoing pandemic. Also on this episode: an intimate discussion on race and policing; a leading research economist analyzes our economy; personal protective equipment challenges; and more.

Dr. Christine Holmstedt
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christine Holmstedt about the signs of acute stroke, and the decrease in the number of patients seeking evaluation and treatment for possible stroke during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Holmstedt is a Professor of Neurology and the Director of Clinical Stroke Services at MUSC.

Transcript (PDF) available upon request.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 13, 2020, host Gavin Jackson you a recap of the June 9 primaries from our first Zoom Happy Hour event with The Post and Courier's Caitlin Byrd and Jamie Lovegrove, The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard, and The State's Maayan Schechter. Plus, the latest COVID-19 numbers, what you should do if you're showing symptoms, and more.

LeeAnna Murphy, disinfects her work area at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 30, 2020. COVID has produced various changes in the workplace.  Experts say some will last but not be as drastic as some people think, while others may be temporary.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jovante Johnson

Things are looking differently as businesses in South Carolina and elsewhere gradually open back up amid a still active coronavirus outbreak.  Workplaces include the use of shields, masks, gloves, distance and other new methods.  But according to Dr. Rich Harrill, director of the University of South Carolina's International Tourism Research Institute, the changes in routine may not be as dramatic as some might think.