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

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Hurricane Season Begins Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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This week is South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week, and this year South Carolinians should be extra cautious if evacuating for a hurricane, because of the presence of the coronavirus.
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This week is not only the beginning of hurricane season, it is Hurricane Preparedness Week in South Carolina.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service are predicting an above-normal hurricane season for 2020.  

NWS Hydrologist Leonard Vaughn explained, "typically we have on average, 12 named storms, six of those becoming hurricanes and three of those becoming major hurricanes, which are a category 3 storm or higher.  And the forecast this year has us with 13 to 19 storms and three to six of those will be in the major category."

We’re continuing to find stories of local businesses pivoting to participate in the making of products needed in this pandemic.  Our next guest’s Lowcountry apparel company is not only helping with the products but with the Chinese supply chain disruption as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Bernat, co-founder of Vapor Apparel in Hanahan, SC.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 4, 2020, we look at the upcoming June 9 primaries, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin's thoughts on local government response to COVID-19, concerns of a potential lost generation of South Carolina students, and more.

One of the most discussed economic issues involving the aftermath of the virus crisis is what will change with our supply chain.  We have already talked with some companies on this show who have changed their sourcing from China to the US.  Will that shift become more widespread?

Thousands gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black Minneapolis man who was killed in police custody as a white officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes on May 25.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 2, 2020, we take you to Saturday’s protests in Columbia spurred by the death of George Floyd, which started with thousands gathered peacefully at the State House before devolving into isolated acts of destruction by a small group of people.

Our state and national economies have slowly begun to re-open after months of dealing with the global pandemic.  When can we expect to see the level of economic activity return to its pre-virus state?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, Director Office of Economic Analysis and Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston.

Dr. Lee Lewis
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lee Lewis about helping children manage anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Lewis is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

Dr. Ashley Hink

  This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ashley Hink about reports of increasing rates of domestic violence or intimate partner violence during the pandemic. Dr. Hink is a general, trauma and critical care surgeon at MUSC. 

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 30, 2020, we bring you major broadband discussion from several top lawmakers, medical professionals, and education leaders as we continue to look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is illuminating the need to expand this critical infrastructure in our state and country.