[image-1] COVID-19 updates: The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 214 new cases of the coronavirus today, bringing the state total to 7,142.

All nursing homes getting tested: This week DHEC announced that it will test all residents and staff members at nursing homes in the state for COVID-19. DHEC director Rick Toomey said: Across the country, COVID-19 has drastically impacted the residents and workers at nursing homes, and we want South Carolinians to know that DHEC is doing everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially for the vulnerable populations who reside at these care facilities.”

What we’re reading:

The New Yorker: “The underground efforts to get masks to doctors”

New York Times: “Neiman Marcus, a symbol of luxury, files for bankruptcy”

The Atlantic: “Rural Southerners take on the coronavirus”

The Guardian: “Ahmaud Arbery’s parents call for arrests after ‘modern lynching in the middle of the day'”

National Geographic: “To prevent the next pandemic, it’s the legal wildlife trade we should worry about”

The rest from City Paper:
“‘Murder hornets’ in SC? Nothing to worry about at this point, experts say”
“Buxton Books hosting virtual talk series, Reader Meet Writer”
— “Local leaders of Les Dames D’Escoffier partner with independent restaurants to feed health care workers
“Mother’s Day 2020: Outdoor dining and to-go specials for Mom in Charleston”

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.