Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Before You Go: Charleston County leads state in COVID-19 cases; Dedicated hockey fans in India; Cheesecake Factory skipping rent

Let them eat (cheese) cake

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 4:54 PM

click to enlarge Downtown Charleston hotels are seeing record-high vacancies as a result of the coronavirus - FLICKR USER PHOTO BY SUSAN AND ALLEN ON UNSPLASH
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  • Downtown Charleston hotels are seeing record-high vacancies as a result of the coronavirus

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina has an additional 210 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 1,293 coronavirus patients across 43 counties in the state and 26 deaths related to the virus. Charleston County rose to 190 positive cases. DHEC medical consultant Dr. Brannon Traxler is stressing the importance of social distancing and staying home. “Every day that we unfortunately have to report these losses is a reminder of how serious this situation is and the obligation we all have to help prevent the loss of additional South Carolinians.”

Closing time: An order by the Supreme Court of South Carolina postponed evictions and foreclosures until May 1, but it doesn't protect those who find themselves taking shelter in motels and hotels. This comes at a time when Charleston-area hotels are seeing higher vacancy rates than the ones they've dealt with during mandatory hurricane evacuations, leading many to close. Many guests have been left stranded, but Charleston-area state Reps. Wendell Gilliard and Marvin Pendarvis hope a letter this week to Chief Justice Donald Beatty will pave the way for similar protections and postponements for hotels.

WHAT WE'RE READING:

The New York Times: "These two extraordinary women survived the Spanish flu, the Depression and the Holocaust."

The Players' Tribune: "A letter to Italy"

Wall Street Journal: “The coronavirus challenges facing U.S. farms: get workers, keep them healthy.”

The Athletic: "A tiny village in India, a father, a son and a shared love of the Winnipeg Jets."

Forbes: "Can you have your cake, and eat it too? The Cheesecake Factory doesn't think so."

The rest from the City Paper:
- For Charleston, outbreaks and epidemics are a key part of history
- MUSC preparing for late-April "surge" of COVID-19 cases
- Charleston restaurants forced to weigh realities of coronavirus closures
- City Picks: Here's what we're streaming this week
- English artist Bruce Munro creates a magical lightscape at Brookgreen Gardens
- The Charleston Jazz Orchestra digs into the archives for a new online concert series

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