Ruta Smith

[image-1] COVID-19 updates: South Carolina has an additional 261 confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 1,554 patients across all 46 counties in the state and 31 deaths related to the virus. Charleston County rose to 231 positive cases. DHEC physician Dr. Brannon Traxler says, “There are now documented cases of COVID-19 in every county across our state. The level in which it continues to spread will hinge on all of our actions. Please do your part and stay home and limit your close contact with others.”

Hot spot hotel: While the number of passengers flying into Charleston International Airport has dropped 96 percent, those visitors who are still coming to town via “hot spots” like New York, Louisiana, Connecticut, and New Jersey must immediately self-quarantine in our state for 14 days upon arrival. For those who are traveling, Charleston airport CEO Paul Campbell says that employees are deep cleaning the airport “all the time.”

WHAT WE’RE READING:

The Atlantic: “The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the South”

The New Yorker: “Quarantine Culture Recommendations: ‘Better Call Saul,’ Designing Woman,’ and Kenneth Branagh”

New York Times: “After Threats, Anthony Fauci to Receive Enhanced Personal Security”

The Guardian: “‘This is a calling:’ A nurse’s journey from UFC fighter to Covid-19 frontline”

Washington Post: “Coronavirus is harming the mental health of tens of millions of people in the U.S., new poll finds”

The New York Times: “The Spiky Blob Seen Around the World”

Bonus from insider.com: “A boss accidentally turned on the potato filter during a virtual meeting and her staff couldn’t keep a straight face”

The rest from the City Paper:
Charleston airport passengers down 96 percent with quarantine advisory coming from COVID-19 “hot spots”
Along with Marcus Amaker’s new book out this week, the poet laureate has plans to publish local authors and students
SC unemployment claims up again; Colleges refund housing and meal plans
Actor Spencer Garrett supports the Charleston City Paper
Local entrepreneurs launch new podcast, Do It In Nature!