The head of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Rick Toomey, has stepped down citing a recent health scare and a desire to be with his family in Beaufort. On Wednesday, SCDHEC reported 20 deaths due to the coronavirus, setting a new daily high.
Usually when you stroll down Meeting Street and pass Pounce Cat Cafe, usually there will be some fuzzy faces staring back at you. But the pandemic has had an effect on even the cat cafe – Pounce Cat Cafe is out of cats.
Tropical storm Bertha developed overnight and looks like it will make landfall a little northeast of Charleston. It is expected to make landfall northeast of Charleston, between Dewees Island and Bulls Bay. Although hurricane season doesn't official start until June 1, Bertha is the second named storm of the 2020 season. Like any stormy day, surprise or not, expect flooding – Bertha might bring eight inches to some areas.
Spearman asked for $115M, got enough for a week of summer school
By Lauren Hurlock
South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman wanted $115 million for summer school programs to get vulnerable students caught up before the 2020-21 school year. But AccelerateSC, the governor's reopening task force, recommended education get 10 percent of the coronavirus relief money, or enough to provide one week of summer school.
Over the weekend, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced an additional 460 cases of the coronavirus, bringing the state total to 10,096. DHEC estimates the true number of cases to be 72,114.