A COVID-19 Snapshot - Pre-Thanksgiving
60 probable new infections in Laurens County - COVID-19, Nov. 23, and 230 cases at Whitten Center, newspaper report.
SC Recovery Rate: 90.7%.
1,707 new Covid deaths on Nov. 17th
(nationwide, the deadliest day in six months) -- 3,553 cases recorded in SC Schools, new update coming Nov. 24 -- Business Below, Economic “Reset”.
2,372 - Laurens County -- 768 in Clinton: COVID-19 infections - Nov. 23, per SC DHEC. The Post & Courier newspaper in Charleston reported Nov. 22 that there are/have been 230 COVID-19 cases at Whitten Center in Clinton - one of the highest infection rates in South Carolina - with comments from the SC Department of Disabilities & Special Needs.
2 Schools and the Library are closed; 104 Presbyterian College student cases - 9 employee cases. NOV 22 -- end of fall classes, Nov. 20.
Neighboring Spartanburg County: 11,714 cases.
Neighboring Greenville County: 22,537 cases.
SC deaths top 4,200;
9,198 deaths in Georgia;
5,034 deaths in North Carolina;
4,288 deaths in South Carolina - Nov. 23.
1 new case Clinton High School Nov. 11; 2 new cases Clinton High School Nov. 10; 1 new case Clinton Middle School Nov. 10. BOTH Schools are closed.
Clinton Library Is Closed - COVID-19:
Due to a COVID-19 case, the Clinton Branch of the Laurens County Library will be closed to the public until further notice. Curbside pickup will continue at the Clinton Branch on a limited basis, but the public will not be able to enter the building for computer use or any other reason. Call 864-833-1853 between 1 and 6 p.m. to arrange curbside pickup of books and other materials.
The Laurens Library remains open; however, temporary disruptions or closings may occur due to re-carpeting of the headquarters building. Everyone is asked to call 864-681-7323 for curbside pickup or computer use at Laurens. Check www.lcpl.org for updates.
65 FATALITIES (most recent - 11-11 -- elderly).
COVID-19 deaths in Laurens County.
THE PC TIMELINE:
Oct. 3: Commencement;
Oct. 5, 1 student case;
Oct. 6, 9;
Oct. 7, 17;
Oct. 8, 20;
Oct. 9, 27;
Oct. 10, 44;
Oct. 11, 49;
Oct. 12, 56;
Oct. 13, 57;
Oct. 14, 60;
Oct. 15, 55;
Oct. 16, 49;
Oct. 17, 35;
Oct. 18, 30;
Oct. 19, 28;
Oct. 20, 16;
Oct. 21, 6.
9 Employee cases.
Cumulative Student Cases:
21 -- Sept. 15, 2020.
100 -- Nov. 9, 2020.
13 notifications, letters dated:
Nov. 11 - Clinton High;
Nov. 10 - Clinton High, 2; and Clinton Middle
Nov. 8 - Clinton High
Nov. 2 - Clinton Middle
Oct. 6 - Clinton Middle
Oct. 13 - Clinton Elementary
Oct. 6 - Clinton Elementary
Sept. 29 - Clinton High
Sept. 29 - Clinton Middle
Sept. 21 - Clinton High
Sept. 20 - MS Bailey.
SC Schools: 3,553 infections (Nov. 19 number)
SC Cases: 207,552 (Nov. 23 number)
SC hospitalizations: 11,563 (Nov. 23).
SC Recovery Rate: 90.7% (Nov. 23).
In United States:
12,654,919 cases; 263,015 deaths; 7,473,680 recovered (Nov. 23 - worldometers.info). U.S. President Donald J. Trump receives treatment at The White House. President Trump’s Chief of Staff and Vice-President Mike Pence Chief of Staff were infected, the White House reports. The President’s son, Donald J Trump Jr., also has contracted the virus.
TEXAS 1st and CALIFORNIA 2nd are the states with more than 1 Million infections.
59,327,672; 1,399,573 deaths; 41, 018,043 recovered (Nov. 23, worldometers.info).
Number 1 in cases: United States.
Number 2 in cases: India
Number 3 in cases: Brazil
Number 4 in cases: Russia
Number 5 in cases: Argentina
Number 6 in cases: Spain
Number 7 in cases: Colombia
Number 8 in cases: France
Number 9 in cases: Peru
Number 10 in cases: Mexico.
How The Economic ‘Reset’ Can Work In Your Favor
While news of vaccines on the horizon signal hope, some analysts think a sizable chunk of the U.S. economy has been damaged permanently by COVID-19, with more layoffs and business closures still to come in 2021.
But to others, the future of a “new economy” in the post-COVID world is bright, opening doors for entrepreneurs, working professionals and small-to-medium business owners, says Rod Robertson, Managing Partner of Briggs Capital, international entrepreneur, and author of Winning at Entrepreneurship: Insider’s Tips on Buying, Building, and Selling Your Own Business.
“While about 40 percent of the American economy has been turned into debris, the playing field has been cleared, and the whole business environment has gone through a reset,” Robertson says.
“At the same time, people who upgrade their skill-sets and broaden their thinking won’t be left behind. So instead of people saying, ‘How lost I am, how crushed I am, woe is me,’ this is an exciting time, especially for young people, who don’t have to wait 10, 20 or 30 years for their turn to be a business leader. They can make a generational jump by stepping up and embracing technology, and by understanding in the rubble and chaos what kernels of business are sprouting up.”
Robertson says these points are worth considering when planning for success in a changing U.S. economy:
Don’t buy the theory that COVID will destroy entrepreneurship. “It’s a great time to invest in or buy a business because the playing field has been reset,” Robertson says. “There is going to be a whole new generation of fortunes made in the next three to five years. These are small businesses, companies that are nimble and can shift easily.”
Investment in tech is trending. Robertson notes that over $50B has been spent by private equity on tech deals in 2020. “This fact dwarfs the issues that have swamped legacy or regular businesses that have seen a huge retraction in investments,” Robertson says. “The pivot to tech has accelerated, and beware those firms that cling to their old ways of doing business.”
Make the necessary cuts and stay streamlined. “Seismic shifts are coming in 2021 as companies prepare for the new world economy,” Robertson says. “Some businesses must make drastic cuts and changes in directions. Pivot quickly and don’t be among the last firms to embrace change; it could be your demise. It is more important than ever to streamline operations and create an implicit trust with employees to ensure your business thrives in the post-pandemic world.”
Remote workers can’t afford to coast. A report on remote work productivity during the pandemic found that global productivity among employees working from home due to COVID-19 has dropped. “U.S. employees are leading the pack both in terms of the amount still working remotely, and productivity declines,” Robertson says. “Salespeople without direct supervision aren’t producing like they used to. Remote workers who are coasting need to get in tune with their organizations to keep their jobs.”
Going solo isn’t a bad thing for boomers. Robertson says older workers who may get displaced can make the most of opportunities to fly solo. “The people over 50 and 60 are not grasping technology,” Robertson says, “and a lot of them are going to be pushed off the playing field. How do they switch to being an independent contractor, and stretch out their working years to 70-72? It’s time to reinvent and reinvigorate themselves.”
“Businesses and their best workers must shift with the times or invite extinction,” Robertson says. “The good news is, the reset opens great new opportunities, and people can take the blessing coming from all this chaos and turn it into business success.”
About Rod Robertson
Rod Robertson (www.briggscapital.com) is an international entrepreneur and author of Winning at Entrepreneurship: Insider’s Tips on Buying, Building, and Selling Your Own Business. Robertson is the owner of Briggs Capital, a boutique international investment bank. He has conducted business in over 15 countries while focusing on developing small-to-medium-sized businesses and taking them to market worldwide. Robertson’s 20-plus-year career in transaction experience and entrepreneurship includes guest lecturing around the globe at institutions such as Harvard Business School and other top-flight MBA schools as well as business forums and news outlets worldwide. He sits on numerous boards, guiding firms to streamline operations and make businesses more profitable before selling.