Friday, April 3, 2020

Before You Go: McMaster closes more nonessential businesses; About those masks; A couple laughs

Shaq in Quarantine

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 5:35 PM

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Hi, y'all. We're doing this new afternoon roundup because it seems like the news just won't stop coming and my usual Agenda isn't cutting it. That being said, since it's Friday, I'm going to include something extra: all the stuff that has made me laugh or kept me sane in the past week. Things are hard enough as it is, so let's have a laugh.

Cool? Cool. Onward:

COVID-19 updates: DHEC is reporting an additional 147 of confirmed cases, bringing the total to 1,700 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina. The additional cases include an additional 16 cases for Charleston County, bringing the county's total to 247.

Gov. Henry McMaster is expanding his closure of nonessential businesses, which includes clothing stores, florists, sporting goods stores, music stores, and furniture stores. Hardware stores and firearm stores aren't applicable. Short-term rentals are suspended to persons from CDC-identified hotspots from coming into the state, starting immediately.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control will be including numbers by zip code of the cases of COVID-19 in the state and later will be coming out with an estimate of how many cases of coronavirus infections are suspected.

What we're reading:

"'Adrenaline, Duty, and Fear': Inside a New York Hospital Taking on the Coronavirus" from The New Yorker

"Everyone Thinks They're Right About Masks" from The Atlantic

'What we pretend to know about the coronavirus could kill us' from The New York Times

"Pick up the damn phone, and other thoughts on ordering restaurant delivery" in The New Yorker
The latest from the City Paper:

-Charleston police say they've issued hundreds of warnings on coronavirus orders, but cooperation is key, expert says
-Charleston and West Ashley farmers markets' April openings postponed amid coronavirus closures
-Two Workshop chefs are staying busy by feeding those in need while the food hall is closed
-Local entertainers Brad and Jennifer Moranz raising money for local performers with weekly musical offerings

What you've all been waiting for – things that got us (me) to actually, audibly, LOL:

Ina Garten making cocktails at 9:30 a.m. (emphasis on 9:30 a.m.), and her advice we'll be heeding this weekend: "During a crisis, cocktail hour can be almost any hour."


The penguins at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and their field trips


Actor Leslie Jordan's daily updates on Instagram - "how much more of this can I take?!"

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Torture. #march #forever #teenagetantrum

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This guy who has talent and clearly too much time on his hands

This look into Shaq's quarantine routine

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