South Carolina Public Radio News: Fighting the Spread of COVID-19

The latest South Carolina Public Radio News reports on the spread of the coronavirus and efforts to fight it.

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Voters cast ballots during the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary on February 29, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 29, 2020, features: the latest on absentee voting by mail; what the Supreme Court fight could mean for the future; a look at the economic impact the pandemic is having on families; and more.

Dr. Daniel Lackland
MUSC

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Daniel Lackland about the importance of managing hypertension during the pandemic and also monitoring blood pressure at home. Dr. Lackland is a Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Translational Neurosciences and Population Studies at MUSC. 

State lawmakers meet during the legislature's special session in September 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 22, 2020, features: a look at what South Carolina state lawmakers did during their recent special two-week session; an economic update from Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Tom Barkin; South Carolina's rankings in a report released by this week by the White House Coronavirus Task Force; and more.

File photo of the S.C. House chamber
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Last Year's Operating Budget to Remain In Effect

It now appears that South Carolina’s state government will operate for the first half of its’ current fiscal year using last year’s budget.  A lack of action by the General Assembly this week left last year’s budget in place as lawmakers face continued uncertainty about the state’s economy.

Dr. Christopher Pelic
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christopher Pelic about the availability and use of tele-mental health services and therapy during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Pelic is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Medical Director of Telepsychiatry at MUSC.

Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at a campaign event for state Rep. Nancy Mace in North Charleston on September 21, 2020.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for September 22, 2020, features: a look at how you can vote absentee in the November 3 election; the latest from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on the future of the Supreme Court nomination process he will oversee; comments from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams from his recent visit to Columbia; and more.

Individuals with pre-existing, chronic health conditions are probably the highest-risk group during this pandemic.  Couple that with the need for telehealth and other technology solutions and you can see why our next guest’s company has been very busy.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon-Michial Carter, CEO and co-founder of Chartspan in Greenville, SC.

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, Bill Gates, recently said that the US Covid testing situation is a mess.  Some of the criticism is pointing out that rapid tests may be proving to be unreliable.  One South Carolina company is right in the middle of all this controversy.

Mike Switzer interviews Scotty Branch, co-founder of Vikor Scientific in Charleston, SC.

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