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

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