The last time we interviewed our next guest two years ago, the economy was humming along and he was staying quite busy in the digital marketing world.  The pandemic, of course, has changed everything and while businesses are starting to open back up, he says they should rethink their marketing strategies.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Manley, CEO and co-founder of Engenius in Greenville, SC.

Maintaining Mental Health in the Face of COVID-19

May 28, 2020
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S.C. Telehealth Alliance

Many people are on edge, even as businesses start to open back up in the face of the COVID pandemic,worrying about whether it's too soon, and will more people being out and about bring a spike in the numbers of cases or deaths? 

It’s never easy running a company or organization, but our next guest says that in a time of crisis, such as we are in now, effective leadership is critical.

Jon Roberston
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There’s certainly a lot going on right now even with not a lot going on. We’re still in a pandemic, the stock market continues to be volatile, and congress has passed and may keep passing massive rescue legislation.  What is all of this doing to your financial plan?

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, SC.

Businesses in Folly Beach, SC, welcomed visitors to the town's shores Memorial Day weekend following the reopening of beaches earlier this month.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 26, 2020, we travel to Folly Beach, SC, for Memorial Day, recap recent legislative action with The Associated Press' Jeffrey Collins and The State's Maayan Schechter, and learn how hospitals are staffing back up in the Palmetto State. Plus, we listen to your voicemails, and more!

Jesse Colin Young has established a series called One Song at a Time to keep in touch with fans and help them get some relief while they're home-bound during the COVID pandemic.
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Musicians nationwide, like many performing artists, have had their shows cancelled indefinitely by concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.   South Carolina artists were no less affected, but Jesse Colin Young found a way to still communicate with his audience by making videos that his wife posts online on Facebook, YouTube and other sites.   

Dr. Besim Ogretmen

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Besim Ogretmen about the development of a clinical research trial to see if T cells from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can be used to help critically ill COVID-19 patients recover.  Dr. Ogretmen is the Director for the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Lipidomics and Pathobiology at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Beachgoers returned to Isle of Palms the weekend of May 16, 2020, after restrictions were lifted.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 23, 2020, we take you to the Isle of Palms as residents return to the beaches, look at how some communities are planning economic relief packages, and learn about the use of the promising COVID-19 treatment remdesivir in the Palmetto State.

Even before the much-anticipated Memorial Day weekend, Lowcountry beaches once vacant because of a potentially deadly pandemic, were crammed with people. 

"We were over run," says Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll.

"People came out in droves that we haven't seen before in my 60 plus years of living on the Isle of Palms.

The Beach Debate

Pictures of the island showing tents and bathing suit clad bodies dotting the coast blew up on social media.  Some saw families responsibly enjoying the sun and sand.  Others saw a simmering petri dish.

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The Medical University of South Carolina’s hospitals in Lancaster and Chester are mostly back to being fully staffed. A little more than a month ago, around 75 of MUSC Health’s 900 layoffs happened at these two Upstate locations, but Scott Broome, the CEO for the Lancaster and Chester locations, said he expects a fully returned staff by July 1.

It’s a far cry from where the hospitals were just weeks ago.

Customers get haircuts at Circa Barbershop in Columbia, SC, after restrictions on close contact businesses are lifted in the state.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 21, 2020, we take you to the final meeting of Gov. Henry McMaster's AccelerateSC taskforce, visit a local barbershop as costumers return, and hear how some are looking to the past for guidance on moving forward in a COVID-19 world. Plus, we listen to your voicemails, and more!

Jonathan Green's "Communal" (a portrait showing a part of black life in SC) serves as header to "Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic" webpage (a project that aims to show what life is like for black SC residents during the COVID-19 pandemic).

Latest COVID-19 numbers released by SCDHEC show the total number of people confirmed to have the virus, in the state, at 9,175. The agency’s May 20 Coronavirus update also showed the number of residents who died from the disease had reached 407.

Almost half of the COVID-19 fatalities in South Carolina (as of the week of May 5) were black residents, despite the demographic comprising just over a quarter of the state’s population (according to the 2010 Census, African Americans make up 27% of SC’s population).

King Street in Charleston before  the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918
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It was the fall of 1918.  Charleston had quickly gone from a bustling city to a vacant, ghost town.  People were quarantined for five weeks because of a deadly  pandemic.  They were restless, eager to get back to business as usual.

Sound familiar?

Under Quarantine 1918

"Something we all in Charleston are experiencing right now happened in a very similar way,” says College of Charleston historian Jacob Steere-Williams.  He's been studying pandemics for 20 years.

Dr. Andrea Rinn
Bobbi Conner/MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Andrea Rinn about practical tips to get a good night’s sleep during stressful times, due to the COVID-19 crisis.  Dr. Rinn is a physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at MUSC.

SC Lede producer A.T. Shire interviews Katelyn Shire, manager at Columbia bar Craft and Draft (who is also his wife), about how the business has been operating during the pandemic.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 19, 2020, we look at the results of a Clemson University Palmetto Poll on South Carolinians' opinions on COVID-19, learn more about antibody tests being developed in the state, and take you to happy hour at a local establishment to see how they're navigating a new world.