Ruta Smith

[image-1] COVID-19 update: There have been 169 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 4,608 cases in South Carolina and 403 in Charleston County, as of April 21. According to health officials, 11 new deaths have occurred. 135 people have died from the disease in the state.

OTHER: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is worried Georgia is reopening its businesses too quickly, he tweeted today. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced plans to open non-essential businesses and restaurant dining rooms by next week. Graham added his support to Gov. Henry McMaster’s plan to reopen some non-essential S.C. businesses. While a study from the University of Washington showed S.C. past its peak on April 9, DHEC is still concerned COVID-19 cases will multiply until May.

What We’re Reading:
The New York Times: “How Abortion, Guns and Church Closings Made Coronavirus a Culture War”

The Guardian: “‘This is beyond the Great Depression’: Will comic books survive coronavirus?”

Associated Press: “Publicly traded firms get $300M in small-business loans”

The Atlantic: “What’s So Hard to Understand About What Trump Has Said?”

Politico: “Bipartisan deal reached on small business coronavirus relief”

From Charleston City Paper:
Clayton James raps up Donuts on a quick and breezy new EP
PHOTOS: A trip out to Crab Bank
Charleston Brown Water Society helps out by donating meals to displaced F&B workers
Waters on Outer Banks: Rejoining the high-stakes world of ‘S Club 7 on the creek’
Jump, Little Children frontman sings to an empty Music Hall to raise support for artists during pandemic