SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – WSPA, along with our fellow South Carolina Nexstar stations, hosted a statewide COVID-19 virtual town hall to get answers to your questions about the response to the virus.
Gov. Henry McMaster, Senator Lindsay Graham, Senator Tim Scott, State Epidemiologist Linda Bell, Superintendent of the State Molly Spearman and more joined the program to speak on the response to COVID-19.
Senator Lindsey Graham joined the town hall where he addressed questions about the chances for a second wave of COVID-19, should the United States have been better prepared, and if more relief funds would pass in the Senate.
Sen. Graham stated he would “be surprised if in the fall we don’t have a return of the virus” and “we can almost count on it.” Graham then emphasized the U.S. should be much better prepared regarding PPE, drug therapy and more for when the virus does return.
On if the Senate will pass another bill to provide more financial relief for South Carolina, Graham said “Yes, but it won’t be Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion package.”
When asked if people should have received their stimulus check by now, and what should people do if they haven’t, Sen. Graham responded “Well, you can call my office, but you should have received it by now.”
Following up on if the Senate should approve more relief funds for the public, Senator Tim Scott said “What Congress has done so far is approved around almost $3 trillion in stability funding in multiple channels. All of the money has not gone out yet, so it’s hard for me to predict the future not knowing the impact and effectiveness of the current $3 trillion.”
In a one-on-one interview with WCBD’s Brendan Clark, Gov. McMaster emphasized the crisis is not yet over, “We will have to be just as vigorous in watching our social distancing as we will be vigorous in reopening these businesses.”
Watch Clark’s complete interview with Gov. McMaster below:
In a similar vein, when asked by a viewer why there is a continuing need to social distance, State Epidemiologist Linda Bell said:
“In the absence of any other measures to treat or control or provide protection against this particular virus, when something is spread by respiratory droplets, than we rely entirely on people’s behaviors to prevent ongoing spread.”
Watch a complete archive of South Carolina Responds: Your Questions Answered at the top of this story.
Additionally, if you have not received your stimulus check and would like to reach out to Senator Graham’s office you can use the numbers below:
- Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
- Greenville Office: (864) 250-1417
- Pendleton Office: (864) 646-4090
- Columbia Office: (803) 933-0112
- Rock Hill Office: (803) 366-2828
- Mt. Pleasant Office: (843) 849-3887