Ruta Smith

[image-1] COVID-19 updates: The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced an additional 105 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total number of statewide cases to 3,656. After 10 new COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday, the state total is now 107.

Testing for vets: As of today, patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center can get tested for the coronavirus thanks to a new partnership with MUSC. Veterans who are tested will be notified of their results within 24 hours.

WHAT WE’RE READING:

Grub Street: “Jesus Roman Melendez was the ‘backbone’ of Jean Georges. On April 1, the coronavirus took his life.”

Eater: “How I learned to stop worrying and love my freezer”

The New York Times: “The food expiration dates you should actually be following”

Vox: “This is how America drinks now”

Forbes: “Here’s what happens to your stimulus check if you got your tax refund using a loan or advance.”

The Atlantic: “The Supreme Court should never go back to its pre-coronavirus ways”

The rest from the City Paper:

Nine glimmers of generosity as Charleston works through a crisis
Jaee Bryant just keeps pushing ahead on new album Silkk Possyum, his second this year
Delivery services throw restaurants and residents a lifeline, helping keep people home and local businesses operational
We asked local authors how they’re coping with the current international pandemic
These family meal deals are making Charleston takeout more convenient (and affordable) during the coronavirus pandemic