Tonight at 7 | South Carolina Responds Town Hall: Your Questions Answered

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COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) – Join News13 and our sister station WSPA for a live town hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday about local and state coronavirus response.

“South Carolina Responds” will air on News13 at 7 p.m. and will be live streamed on our website.

We’ll take your questions to local leaders, including Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Karen Riordan, as well as South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, state senators and others.

The coronavirus has impacted all ways of life here in South Carolina, from an estimated 50% decrease in tourism revenue to the uncertain fate of dozens of small businesses.

“Are there going to be some clear guidelines that we can do? What about the testing not only regular testing, but antibody test? And am I going to have to pay for that,” Jonathan Williams asked.

South Carolina Federal Credit Union CEO Tedd Pitts will be on hand Tuesday during the Coronavirus Town Hall to give an update on the state’s economic outlook and to also guide businesses on their reopening responsibilities and available assistance.

Many have also asked about the virus itself and how prepared the state is to handle another wave.

Courtney Copeland asked, “‘Why didn’t we have anything already prepared in case something like this happened?’ Especially with all of the other viruses that we’ve experienced over the previous years–Ebola, H1N1, all those things.”

Dr. Linda Bell with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control will address the state’s response to the coronavirus, including testing.

Superintendent Molly Spearman will also be on hand for all your school related questions.

Humberto Guevara asked, “If a kid gets sick, how does that get addressed? Does the class get shut down? Does the school get shut down while they sanitize?”

We sat down with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday. He provided us his take on how the state has responded so far.

“We did it just right. We didn’t shut down as quickly or deeply as some states. Some others went too far too fast. Some went too late.I think we did our’s just right,” he said.

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