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The next long panic line for S.C. residents is government

The online lines for government unemployment assistance will be long as residents continue to be out of work. Just as S.C. was unprepared for testing, residents must be patient, as S.C. will likely be just as unprepared for filings.”

Finding toilet paper at your local grocer is much like finding gold. Those panic buy, empty shelf days may soon end.

We likely have 15 more days to work together in an effort to flatten the curve on this pandemic. Concerns are that a rush of newly infected residents will soon flood local hospitals in Horry County.

Wider-scale drive through testing begins in S.C. on Monday. With those tests, the numbers of reported infections are expected to significantly rise. The infection to death rate currently holds at nearly 1.4% peak globally.

Increased testing is expected to lower the percentage of the “infected to death” ratio. While this appears to be good news, please note: One hundred twenty five infected cases are currently reported in S.C. 1.4 percent of 125 would equate to two (2) deaths. Only one Lexington County death has been reported in the state so far.

Begins Monday, March 23rd

For example, should testing show 500 people are actually infected, and the “death to infected” ratio perhaps drop to 8 tenths of one percent, the number of deaths would more than outweigh the lower ratio. 500 infected residents times .008 comes to four deaths. IN SHORT, the total INFECTED RATE matters.

THE NEXT BIG RUN ON GOVERNMENT

While health officials are concerned about runs on local hospitals, the scope of that reality is yet to be determined.

AREA CLOSURES DICTATE NEXT CERTAIN RUN

There are 300,000 Horry County residents. It is estimated that eighty percent or more are currently retired, laid off, or unemployed. Most earn about $13.37 an hour. Many work for tips. Almost all live paycheck to paycheck.

The next certain “Walmart-like” run online will be here: https://dew.sc.gov/individuals

During the Obamacare roll out, crashes and long lines were common.

GOVERNMENT IS RARELY PREPARED… AND LESS SO THAN WALMART

The “online” lines for government assistance will be long as residents continue to be out of work. Just as S.C. was unprepared for testing, residents must be patient, as it will likely be just as unprepared for filings.

LOCAL GROUP RESPONDS

Tomorrow, John Gallman, candidate for SC Senate 33 and a local group of experts, will host a Virtual Town Hall in Horry County to discuss the Coronavirus and how it is affecting our community! To attend: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/horry-county-coronavirusvirtua/215854916288933/

Featured guests include:

Amanda A. Bailey, Burr & Foreman Employment Lawyer
-John Gallman, local business owner and candidate for state senate
-Jonny McCoy, Founder of Horry County Citizens Crisis Response and Founder of Jonny McCoy Lawfirm
-Dr. Brian Adler, Internal Medicine Specialist South Strand Internist
-Rhett Klok, Attorney at Klok Law
-Dr. Zac Burkett, Doctor Fitness Healing Center
-Darryl Hills, General Manager of Ruth Chris in Myrtle Beach

The live stream will begin at 11 am and will be an open forum for members of the community to hear and ask questions.

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About David Hucks

Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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