SCEMD leader discusses state’s COVID response

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

STATE — The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a different type of destruction than the disasters the South Carolina Emergency Management Division has responded to in recent years, according to its director.

“There were no infrastructure and residential damages associated with COVID that we normally see in hurricanes and tornadoes and floods,” Kim Stenson said. “However, the impact on our citizens was certainly significant — let’s say probably catastrophic — in terms of deaths and economic instability.”

Stenson spoke recently at a press conference the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health held about the release of its latest report “Lessons Learned from COVID-19: Contagious Disease Outbreak Planning

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