A Fort Mill Mom, COVID, and Five Months of Recovery

Nov 17, 2020

When Kati Durkee got a sore throat, she went to the pharmacy.

A week later, she found out that it wasn't a cold. Or allergies. And that food poisoning that settled in, that wasn't food poisoning either. 

A week later still, Durkee's son (Durkee has a son in 11th grade and a daughter in 10th, but did not want their names in this story) got what she had -- COVID-19. 

"We were not the two-week people," she says. 

There were bouts of dizziness, migraines, tachycardia, and extreme fatigue. 

A week after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, most of its residents remain without power, access to clean water and little to no food. Officials, including President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Roselló, have said help is on the way via planes and boats. However, due to an almost 100-year-old law, the help coming in via boats is currently limited only to U.S. ships.  

Maria Contreras-Sweet

  Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, came to South Carolina to meet with local officials, residents, and business owners to talk about the ongoing recovery efforts after the historic flooding. Working alongside FEMA, the SBA offers disaster relief in the form of low interest rate loans for homeowners, renters, and business owners.

Overflow from this normally small creek caused flood waters to wash out a portion of Bluff Road.
Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

    As flood waters continue to recede in South Carolina and the threat to roads, dams and property is diminishing, the water can still pose a hazard to the many South Carolinians who get their water from private wells. Robert Yanity and Dr. Linda Bell of DHEC say that illnesses from contaminated water can still pose a danger.

Team South Carolina Day in Sumter

Oct 15, 2015

  Disaster Recovery Centers have opened across the state to answer questions and connect people with sources of aid. At a press conference yesterday, Governor Nikki Haley said the state will begin “Team South Carolina Days” to bring together multiple state agencies to assist those seeking help at the recovery centers. The first Team South Carolina Day is in Sumter on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 11 to 7 at the Sumter Civic Center. To volunteer or to find out more about this event and other help available through the United Way, call 211 or visit

Gov. Haley: "South Carolina is on a Roll."

Oct 15, 2015
Gov. Nikki Haley in press conference at the SC Emergency Management Division. (File Photo)

  In her press conference Wednesday, Governor Nikki Haley praised the hard work of the state's citizens, counties, and municipalities, as well as FEMA and the National Guard, toward South Carolina's recovery from record rainfall and flooding.