Dr. Satish Nadig
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Satish Nadig about a collaborative effort underway in SC to create COVID-19 antibody tests.  Dr. Nadig is an Adult and Pediatric Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon and the Medical Director of the Center for Cellular Therapy at MUSC.  Dr. Nadig is leading the task force for this COVID-19 antibody testing collaboration.

Gov. Henry McMaster talks with ZVerse owner John Carrington in his West Columbia warehouse where employees are picking boxes of face shields his company produces. Soon production of the ZShield Flex, which both McMaster and Carrington are wearing, will ra
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 16, 2020, we look at how a majority of State Senate Republicans want to check Gov. Henry McMaster's emergency powers, and what he thinks about it. Plus, the governor tours a plant that produces practical face shields for non-medical applications, Dr. Linda Bell explains why are testing numbers don’t provide the entire picture, and more.

Cooper River Bridge Run Cancelled Because of Coronavirus

May 15, 2020
Runners and Walkers getting ready for Cooper River Bridge Run April 2014
Victoria Hansen

It's one of the state's largest sporting events people can take part in and it's never been postponed or cancelled before, until now.

The 43rd annual Cooper River Bridge run initially moved from April to August because of the coronavirus pandemic is officially off.

The 10 K connects the town of Mount Pleasant with the city of Charleston and the mayors of both communities issued a statement Friday.

File photo of the S.C. House chamber
Russ McKinney/SC Public Radio

The SC House and Senate were finally able to agree on a resolution this week that will keep state government operating beyond the end of this fiscal year on June 30th.  Lawmakers interrupted this year’s legislative session back in March because of the coronavirus outbreak before they approved a new budget for the next fiscal year. Now, the state will continue its’ current spending plan at least until September when it’s anticipated a new budget will be enacted.

Allen Gillespie
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As we round the corner of this virus crisis, many investors are starting to think about what the focus of the portfolios should be, which sectors are expected to outperform and underperform as we move into a new normal.

Mike Switzer interviews Allen Gillespie, a chartered financial analyst with Fintrust Capital Advisors in Greenville, SC.

3D Systems

3D Systems, an international 3-D printing equipment company with a plastics manufacturing plant in Rock Hill, is a major reason why 3-D printing is a thing in the first place. That put the company in a pretty good spot to be an early responder to the call for personal protective equipment (PPE) and small specialty parts for hospital machines like ventilators.

But with those “early brushfires” mostly under control, the company’s vice president and general manager of plastics, Menno Ellis, says 3D Systems is now focusing on the next most-needed thing in the fight to rein in COVID-19: diagnostic equipment.

With COVID-19 decimating the cruise industry, our next guest’s Lowcountry company faced a serious dilemma because their main business was designing, manufacturing, and installing cruise ship signage and interiors.  But like many other similarly affected businesses, they completely shifted their operations to manufacture something in demand during this crisis; in their case - medical face shields.

Mike Switzer interviews Patrick McNulty, co-owner of The Bourne Group in North Charleston, SC.

Gov. Henry McMaster
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 14, 2020, we take a deep look into the guidelines for reopening South Carolina businesses, recap the legislative action this week to keep the state funded, and hear what National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks of the steps the Palmetto State has taken. Plus, your voicemails and more!

Dealing with COVID-Related "Cabin Fever"

May 14, 2020
Cabin fever caused by sheltering at home during the coronavirus outbreak can cause some serious mental health problems, say two Columbia psychiatrists.
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Even though many stores and restaurants are gradually opening, many people are still working from home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.  Others are confined to their homes by self-quarantining, or by unemployment.

It’s certainly a different business world right now with most meetings still occuring virtually and a large percentage of workers performing their duties from home.  What are the challenges managers and business owners are facing in this new normal work environment?

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The inequities of COVID-19 are complicated, but one trend stands out above all others – African-Americans in South Carolina are affected by – and dying from – the disease at much higher rates than Caucasians.

So what does that have to do with church? 

Well, the relationship between African-Americans and most public institutions is also complicated.

Stretching the Supply of N95 Masks

May 12, 2020

With personal protective equipment in short supply, researchers are figuring out how to fill in the gaps and stretch supplies. 

One researcher at Clemson University is developing new methods to clean and sanitize medical masks that healthcare providers use.

Dr. Mark Johson, professor of material science and engineering, and director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Clemson, joins Vince Kolb-Lugo to discuss ways to cleanse N95 masks as well as how the coronavirus has impacted manufacturers in South Carolina.

Dr. Michelle Amaya

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michelle Amaya about protecting newborn babies during the coronavirus pandemic.  Dr. Amaya is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

Several years ago, we interviewed our next guest about why she had decided to move her pharmaceutical manufacturing company from Florida to South Carolina.  It turned out to be a good move as the company has grown significantly since then.  But what has also happened since then, the virus crisis, has brought the company to the forefront of much needed supplies, telehealth, rural broadband, and the anticipated economic recovery.

Mike Switzer interviews Lou Kennedy, CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals in West Columbia, SC.

Mask Makers Help Keep Health Care Workers Safe

May 12, 2020
Individual seamstresses and small businesses are making face masks to help workers in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

Both small businesses and individuals have enlisted in an effort to help hospitals, doctors' offices  and  employees of other institutions to protect themselves from the coronavirus by making reusable cloth masks, gowns or other protective equipment.