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The coronavirus quarantine’s effect on rents in South Carolina and bordering metros has largely been one of flattening out, according to data released Thursday by ApartmentList.

ApartmentList’s April market report shows that over 13 sampled areas in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, average rent prices since March have moved little more than a half-percent at most in either direction, a trend mirrored in statewide rent prices over the three states.

Volunteers at Golden Corner Food Pantry in Oconee County prepare bundles of food for drive-through clients. It's one of the many adjustments the pantry, and others in the Upstate and Pee Dee, have had to make because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Food pantries in the Upstate and Pee Dee have had to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic on the fly, like everyone else. They’ve seen need for food increase with spikes in South Carolinians out of work, as much as they seem increased demands on their time, energy, resources, and budgets.

But they’re also learning a lot about themselves, about the people who visit, and about the ones who help them with their missions. Here are three pantries and what they’re facing in the pandemic.

SCCOVID19.org is a new website developed to put health care providers, first responders and other workers in touch with state manufacturers who can supply personal protective equipment (PPE).
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In this day of spreading coronavirus, a new website has been developed to put health care providers, first responders and various companies in touch with South Carolina manufacturers who can produce essentially all of the supplies required by hospitals, plants or anyone in need of safety equipment.   

SCCOVID19.org was the result of a collaboration between the South Carolina Hospital Association, the S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP), the S.C. Dept. of Commerce and SC Bio.

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Update: The South Carolina Supreme Court announced it would extend the state eviction moratorium after this story published. It will extend the stay on evictions and foreclosures for another two weeks.

South Carolina’s state moratorium on evictions for unpaid rent is set to expire on Friday. While the federal moratorium continues until at least Aug.24, the expiration of the statewide stay on evictions could translate into thousands of lawsuits, says Adam Protheroe, a housing attorney at SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center in Columbia.

Meeting of "accelerateSC" on April 23, 2020 in Columbia, SC
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While the state’s political and business leadership is focused on bringing South Carolina's economy back as soon as possible, it is becoming increasingly clear to them that restoring public trust that it’s safe to go back to work, travel and shop will be key to unlocking the economy. And the same holds true for re-opening schools.

Boeing will be cutting its workforce 10% in light of economic headwinds as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deeper cuts are expected in its commercial airplane sector, which includes the North Charleston plant.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 30, 2020, we break down the latest COVID-19 numbers in the Palmetto State, take you to Myrtle Beach as the city votes to reopen its beaches and hotels, and look at Boeing's plans to layoff workers from its North Charleston plant. Plus, what the June 9 primary elections may look like, your voicemails, and more.

Who Decides if College Football Returns in the Fall?

Apr 30, 2020

College athletic directors are optimistic about the prospects of a 2020 college football season. According to a recent poll by Stadium Sports Network, 99% think there will be a season, though when it will begin is another question. The network polled 130 athletic directors. 114 responded. 

Local Stores Face Challenges Re-opening in Charleston

Apr 29, 2020
Shopper looks through store window on King Street in Charleston
Victoria Hansen

It's one of those warm days when a little free air conditioning would feel good strolling along King Street in Charleston.  But despite the governor's executive order allowing retailers to re-open during the coronavirus pandemic, many store doors remain padlocked.

"We've been through a few world wars and a couple of depressions," says Gary Flynn, part owner of M. Dumas and Sons.  "We'll get through this too."

The upscale men's clothing store at the corner of King and Society Streets is open, and that's not surprising.  The business has been around for 103 years.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 28, 2020, we take you to Greer, SC, where a shipment of over a million face masks meant for Prisma Health was delivered this weekend with local, state, and national political leaders in attendance. We also examine what the pandemic's impact on tax revenues could mean for the state's economy, discuss racial disparities related to COVID-19, and more.

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The exact numbers keep changing, but the percentages have remained relatively steady. And they show that African-Americans are South Carolina’s most disproportionately affected group when it comes to COVID-19 cases and deaths.

But they also show that men and women overall are disproportionally affected (though less so than African-Americans), in two different ways.

Protesters calling for the governor to reopen South Carolina on Friday, April 24, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for April 25, 2020, we take you to the first meeting of Accelerate SC, Gov. Henry McMaster's COVID-19 taskforce aimed at jumpstarting the economy. We also speak to protesters calling for the governor to reopen the state this week, learn how the state's prisons are dealing with the pandemic, and more. 

Coronavirus Risk Causes Anxiety in Expectant Mothers

Apr 24, 2020
Side view of pregnant woman, sitting.
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Everyone is taking extra precautions to avoid the risk of getting the coronavirus and its resulting disease, COVID-19.  But one group of people seems especially fearful of getting the virus:  expectant mothers.  Dr. Stephanie Berg, a Prisma Health psychiatrist who treats pregnant and post-partum mothers with depression and anxiety, said pregnancy and anxiety go hand in hand, but now she's seeing normal nerves shift into concern about getting the coronavirus.

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So far, South Carolina’s correctional system has managed to duck the high infection rates plaguing prisons in states like Ohio and Mississippi. According to Bryan Stirling, director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections, 35 of the department's nearly 5,000 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus. Three of those work at Kirkland Correctional Institution, where a 69-year-old inmate with pre-existing health conditions, has tested positive. As of this report, the inmate is in the hospital and is the sole positive among the inmate population in the state.

SCDC also has had one death – a guard at Lee Correctional. His family has requested that he not be further identified, but Stirling confirmed that the guard did die from COVID-19.

During the past six months David Beasley, former South Carolina Governor and current Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), warned world leaders 2020 would be “the worst humanitarian crisis year since World War II.” In a recent interview with the PBS Newshour, Beasley cited conflicts in Yemen, Syria and South Sudan; along with climate extremes and desert locusts destroying crops in East Africa and South Asia as causes for the warning.

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  South Carolina  Governor Henry McMaster announced this week that some retail businesses in the state are being allowed to re-open.  McMaster hopes the loosening of restrictions on certain retail businesses will re-ignite the state’s economy which prior to start of the pandemic was booming.  With thousands of businesses closed, and thousands of people out of work business transactions have slowed tremendously. As a result, anticipated tax revenues for local and state government are expected to drop dramatically.

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