COVID-19 Updates: South Carolina DHEC announced an additional 276 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number statewide to 3,931. After 2 new COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, the state total is now 109.
Social distancing is working: MUSC has launched a COVID-19 Epidemiology Intelligence Project and notes some key takeaways from the project’s first reports. These include findings like: in the past three weeks, social distancing has reduced the growth of new cases substantially; there will likely be a surge of patients with COVID-19 entering hospitals in the next few weeks; if social distancing is reduced now, new cases could grow quickly.
What we’re reading:
The New York Times: “Small-Business Aid Funds Run Dry as Program Fails to Reach Hardest Hit”
The New Yorker: “Artistic Strategies for Co-Working in Tight Quarters”
National Geographic: “How a public health crisis nearly derailed the American Revolution”
The Atlantic: “After Social Distancing, a Strange Purgatory Awaits”
Bon Appetit: “It Took A Global Pandemic, But I’m Finally Calling My Mom”
New England Journal of Medicine: “From a Sprint to a Marathon in Hong Kong”
The rest from City Paper:
— Summerville’s Main Street Reads offering ‘shelf care’ with books and brownies
— Clyburn reiterates ‘opportunity’ in pandemic as inequalities laid bare
— Over 650 price gouging complaints in SC
— North Charleston Pops! will stream a virtual concert this Saturday
— Weeks of distancing remain, but MUSC leaders say 5 steps needed to protect public health
— Firefly Distillery approved for hand sanitizer production