5 Things To Know For Wednesday, April 29th

  • There are 15 additional COVID-19-related deaths in South Carolina. The deaths announced yesterday are the highest daily total so far for the state. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control also announced 123 new cases of the virus yesterday. There have now been five-thousand-735 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 192 deaths.
  • There are concerns about the amount of coronavirus testing in South Carolina. As of yesterday afternoon, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was reporting over 53-thousand tests have been given. That's a little more than one percent of the state's over five-million people. DHEC officials say about 38-thousand of the tests have been given at private labs and hospitals while over 14-thousand tests have been done in DHEC's public labs.
  • Myrtle Beach is reopening all of the city's beaches. The city rescinded its emergency order yesterday. The order called for social distancing and discouraging gatherings of three or more people. Governor Henry McMaster announced last week that beaches could reopen, but left the final decision up to local governments with many major beaches, including Myrtle deciding against reopening at the time.
  • Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci says there's a chance Milwaukee could still host an in-person Democratic National Convention this summer. The Journal Sentinel reports that Dr. Fauci says it is a possibility, but that a lot of things need to happen between now and when the convention is set to begin this August. There's been talk of moving the convention online.
  • Meat processing plants will stay in business during the pandemic. President Trump signed an executive order forcing the facilities to stay open amid the coronavirus lockdowns. The order comes after numbers showed meat production capacity could fall by as much as 80 percent across the U.S. Trump said "any unnecessary closures can quickly have a large affect on the food supply chain."

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