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Premier Medical Laboratory Services in Greenville is the first commercial lab in South Carolina to be validated, via FDA and CDC protocols, to test for COVID-19 in fluid samples.

That’s an increasingly important job as the number of test kits ramps up and the number of people being tested for the coronavirus climbs along with it. But the growing number of tests is putting a lot of pressure on small labs like Premier, which are increasingly tasked with getting results back fast.

Update Tuesday 2:30 PM ET: A Tornado Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service until 9:00 PM EST. The watch includes the following counties in South Carolina: Allendale, Charleston, Hapton, Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper, Berkeley, and Dorchester.

Update Tuesday 2 pm ET: Forecasters at the National Weather Service have upgraded the risk area to “slight” (or level two out of five) for areas of the Lowcountry including the cities of Charleston, Hilton Head Island, Ridgeland, and Allendale.

South Carolina receives second shipment of Personal protective Equipment
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South Carolina received a second shipment of Personal protective Equipment, or PPEs, from the federal government, Saturday. The allotment included surgical gowns, face masks and gloves. 

The supplies are for healthcare providers responding to COVID-19 and were distributed to all 46 counties. SCDHEC said the distribution of materials was data driven, to ensure needs are fairly met, and was based on county populations.

MUSC Creates 3D Printed Protective Mask Anyone Can Make

Mar 31, 2020
John Yost and Joshua Kim model first and second prototypes of 3D printed masks created by a team at the Medical University of South Carolina.
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If building a personal protection mask that could be mass produced to fight the coronavirus pandemic was a puzzle, Joshua Kim was determined to figure it out.

The 25 year-old is the Senior Designer and Program Coordinator with the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

“That moment was an epiphany moment,” says Kim.  “It was a great moment.”

It was the moment Kim realized he could use an air filter, like those commonly found in home improvement stores, to build a respirator for a mask mimicking the N95 now in demand.

Democratic presidential candidates are not exempt from the disruption the Coronavirus pandemic has caused to everyday life. Both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have shift town halls, press conferences and fundraising events online. In South Carolina, another noticeable shift impacting both local and national politics is changing the way delegates, who will pledge their vote for either candidate during the party’s upcoming national convention, are selected.

“That’s the foundation of our nominating people to go to our national convention, Robertson said.”

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The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus.  There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No fear. Just COVID-19 news and resources to get us all through this.

On this episode for March 31, 2020, we discuss legal questions surrounding the emergency powers of local governments which may conflict with South Carolina state orders, speak with local restaurant owners whose business is being affected by COVID-19, learn about efforts as the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to develop 3D printed masks, and more.

Chester County Sheriff's Office

Of the 39 county sheriff's races on tap satewide this November, the liveliest could be the one in Chester County, where two incumbents will vie to win the office.

Does Climate Have a Role in the Spread of COVID-19?

Mar 27, 2020

SCEIN — COVID-19 could be more infectious and deadly than the flu, but only time will tell if the contagion is seasonal.

The rapid spread of the virus has created an urgent need for researchers to find links to its spread. One possible factor is the climate.

Uncertainty on climate’s role

The first case of the virus was detected and reported to the World Health Organization’s China office on Dec. 31, 2019.

Record Warmth Likely in South Carolina This Weekend

Mar 27, 2020

The second weekend of spring will feel more like the start of summer across the Palmetto State, and numerous record highs are even likely to be broken.

A sprawling dome of high pressure is forecast to build across the Southeast in the coming days, which will promote sinking air and abnormally warm temperatures for this time of year.

Southwesterly winds near the ground will also allow warm, dry continental air to move into the Midlands and Upstate regions, which will allow the warmth to spread farther inland.

Military In South Carolina Responds To COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020
The South Carolina National Guard is making plans for trucks and personnel when called upon by the state to assist with the fight against the spread of coronavirus.  Setting up tents outside hospitals and clinics and transporting equipment will be among t
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The coronavirus outbreak has brought together many organizations to fight the spread of this highly contagious disease, and that includes the military. Gov. Henry McMaster has called on the South Carolina National Guard to be on the alert in case it's needed.

The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus.  There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to you, your family and your fellow South Carolinians. No hype. No fear. Just COVID-19 news and resources to get us all through this.

On this episode for March 26, 2020, we look at measures South Carolina's biggest cities are taking to prevent the spread of the virus, get the latest on the $2 trillion federal stimilus bill, speak with a boutique in Florence, SC, making fabric surgical masks, and more.

Charleston Enacts Stay At Home Ordinance

Mar 25, 2020
King Street in downtown Charleston following the statewide closure of restaurants and bars
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The city of Charleston has become the first in the state of South Carolina to enact an ordinance requiring people to stay at home for the next 14 days, except for necessary trips like to the grocery store or pharmacy. The ordinance also closes all non-essential businesses.

Mayor John Tecklenburg says he decided to put the ordinance before the city council Tuesday night for emergency action because the Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced the coronavirus pandemic is in an acceleration phase across the state.

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Blood is in short supply, in large part because of the coronavirus outbreak, says Maya Franklin, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Charlotte, NC.

“That’s resulted in dozens, if not hundreds, of blood drove cancellations by our sponsors,” she says.

That statement only refers to the Carolinas region between Rock Hill, SC, and Greensboro, NC. Nationally, says Franklin’s Rock Hill colleague, Ashley Collier, about 5,000 blood drives had been cancelled, through March 20.  

Heavy Rain and Strong Storms Likely to Return to the Palmetto State

Mar 24, 2020

The latest batch in the seemingly endless waves of heavy rainfall that have moved across the state this winter is on track to move through Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.

12 South Carolina Counties Have No ICU Beds

Mar 24, 2020
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This story was expanded on March 26 to include a look at what the data cited in the Kaiser Family Foundation report could mean for South Carolina's rural communities.