[image-1] COVID-19 updates: South Carolina has an additional 158 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 1,083 novel coronavirus patients across 42 counties in the state and 22 deaths related to the virus. Charleston County rose to 142 positive cases. Gov. Henry McMater announced at today’s press conference that traffic is down on the interstate by two-thirds and airline traffic has decreased by as much as 90 percent in some state airports. Media reports from today note the U.S. death rate for COVID-19 has surpassed China’s.
Fun in the sun: McMaster ordered the closure of public beach and waterway access yesterday evening, March 30, to further combat the spread of COVID-19. This announcement capped a short back-and-forth between the state government and the City of Folly Beach. The latter previously attempted to heed warning from public health experts by closing their beach, only to be told by the state Attorney General that the governor was the only one with that power on March 27. Folly Beach was reopened that day, only to have checkpoints reinstated by the city council on March 28 to slow the flow of visitors.
WHAT WE’RE READING:
NPR: “Builder of controversial Keystone XL Pipeline says it’s moving forward”
ProPublica: “Taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost Ventilator for a pandemic. Instead, the company is selling versions of it overseas.”
Mother Jones: “’Shelter in Place’: A Cold War phrase emerges from the bunker”
Associated Press: “Un-baaaaa-lievable: Goats invade locked-down Welsh town”
The Ringer: “Why Gob Bluth and BoJack are two of the best TV characters this century — As explained by Will Arnett”
Vox/Recode: “Zoom’s sudden spike in popularity is revealing its privacy (and porn) problems”
The rest from the City Paper:
– One parent’s tips for working from home with kids and not going crazy
– In the spirit of hand washing, clean up with these 6 Charleston soap companies
– Made In-House: Fricase de Pollo with Spanglish’s Lynda and Tomas Prado
– Gaillard Center offering free lesson plans covering Shakespeare, Ranky Tanky, and hip-hop
– Nathan Thurston now offering prepared meals with Rosebay, available for pick up and delivery
– Savannah Music Festival moves to online streaming every day through April 11