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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Hurricane Isaias at 3 pm on July 31, 2020.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 1, 2020, features: details on the economic outlook of our country amidst the worst quaterly GDP rate in the post-war era; insight on DHEC's pandemic response; the latest South Carolina forecast for Hurricane Isaias; and more.

Gov. Henry McMaster and other state officials announced the reopening of more South Carolina businesses previously closed due to COVID-19 as well as mandatory guidelines for restaurants on July 29, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 30, 2020, we bring you the latest on Gov. Henry McMaster's new orders regarding masks in restaurants and the reopening of movie theaters, sports stadiums, and other businesses. Also in this episode: The struggles facing the state when it comes to COVID-19 testing and medical staffing needs at hospitals; Boeing's announcement that it will cut the production rates at its facility in North Charleston; and more.

A recent study conducted by our next guest’s organization found that, during this pandemic, one in three small businesses would have had to close all or part of their business if they had not had any digital tools as a part of their business model, while those empowered by digital tools were four and a half times more likely to project revenue gains.

Mike Switzer interviews Jake Ward, president of the Connected Commerce Council in Charleston, SC.

Outdoor jobs have taken on a new level of importance and security in this post-COVID world.  Which is why our next guest’s organization has just launched a new online certification program for landscape management professionals.

Mike Switzer interviews Drew Jeffers, a horticulture and natural resource agent with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension in Spartanburg, SC.  Landscape Program:

Dr. Dirk Elston

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Dirk Elston about skin cancer prevention and screening during the pandemic.  Dr. Elston is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at MUSC.

Members of the South Carolina National Guard relocate a COVID-19 screening tent outside of Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, SC, on Jul 15, 2020.
Regional Medical Center

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 28, 2020, we bring you the latest data from DHEC about COVID-19 infection rates in the Palmetto State, look at encouraging numbers for the state, hear what one South Carolina hospital is doing to combat the coronavirus surge it's facing, and more.

Heart Health for Women

Jul 27, 2020
Dr. Arasi Maran

Including Heart Health Tips during the Pandemic

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Arasi Maran about heart health for women, including actions to take now, to reduce risk of coronary heart disease.   Dr. Maran is an Interventional Cardiologist and Director of the Coronary CTO (Chronic Total Occlusions) Program at MUSC. 

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 25, 2020, we bring you an in-depth look at the politics surrounding the reopening of schools, including Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman's thoughts on how different in-person and online learning will look this fall. Plus, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) speaks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the state of the federal coronavirus relief bill, State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell voices support for a statewide mask ordinance, and more.

Vice President Mike Pence in Columbia on July21, 2020.  Right of him are SC Gov. Henry McMaster, and US Secretary of Education Betsy DevVos
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Like some other aspects of the ongoing pandemic, how public schools in South Carolina should open is now fully embroiled in politics.

Despite the continuing spread of the coronavirus, President Trump is urging the nation’s schools to open this fall, and to provide full-time face-to-face instruction. Last week GOP Gov. Henry McMaster, an ardent supporter of the President, adopted the same position, and called for the state schools to provide in-class instruction for five days each week if parents make that choice.