5 Things To Know For Thursday, April 30th

  • New deaths are being reported in connection to the coronavirus pandemic in South Carolina. The Department of Health and Environmental Control announced 29 more deaths yesterday, which they said were found during a cross-analysis of data and were not previously reported. That brings the death toll in the Palmetto State to 232. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is nearing six-thousand.
  • South Carolina leaders think restaurants could reopen in May. Governor McMaster talked about workforce issues during the Response committee meeting of Accelerate S-C. The chair of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association suggests opening outdoor dining on May 4th and indoor dining by May 18th. The dates are still being determined as no final decision was made at the meeting.
  • A coronavirus testing site is now open in a South Carolina hotspot. Zip code 29203 has one of the top ten highest number of COVID-19 cases. The Medical University of South Carolina started free testing at Eau Claire High School in Columbia yesterday. The testing is drive-up or walk-up and is available for free.
  • A new drug could bring hope for treating coronavirus patients. The New York Times reports that the FDA plans to fast-track the drug Remdesivir for approval as a treatment for the virus. It would be the first drug approved to treat COVID-19. A recent trial showed that patients who took the drug recovered quicker than those who didn't have it.
  • Newly released documents could help President Trump's former national security adviser's case as he tries to withdraw his guilty plea. Among the unsealed documents is a note that questions if the goal of interviewing Michael Flynn is to find the truth or get him to lie so he can be prosecuted. It also suggests that investigators "have a case" against Flynn over his relationship with Russians. Flynn pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians as Trump was preparing to take office. Flynn was fired after he misled Vice President Pence about that contact.

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