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CLINTON — We have all found different ways to adjust to social distancing.

There are bear hunts, teacher parades and video conference lunches to keep people connected while we all get through this together.

Meanwhile, my family got a pet bee.

This past Tuesday, Tonja and Annaelise were outside and happened to see a carpenter bee that had lost a wing.

Annaelise, who has a tender heart, decided we should care for this hurt insect. Tonja told her it was hurt and probably wouldn't live long.

Our daughter, however, was undeterred. She's an optimist. You might say her toilet paper roll is half full.

After Annaelise said we could be a bee hospice for the little guy — isn't she the sweetest? — it went into a jar with holes punched in the top. The kid named it Flutter.

Well, despite Flutter's missing wing and our lack of knowledge on caring for bees, the bug has somehow entered its sixth day in our lives. And on Sunday, we moved it from the jar into a small aquarium.

I'm curious about what this week will bring. Perhaps a beetle or a ladybug? All I know is it won't be a spider. They hate spiders.

Contact Assistant Editor Matthew Hensley at mhensley@indexjournal.com or on Twitter @IJMattHensley.

About this blog

From telecommuting to the new public home school model, a growing number of us are homebound for the foreseeable future as we take unprecedented steps to slow and hopefully stop the spread of the new coronavirus that is sweeping the world. This blog is our attempt to catalog some of the daily changes we are experiencing together. If you want to share your story with us, email us at newsroom@indexjournal.com.

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On Sunday, the Palmetto State recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly two months as the nation is seeing its highest number of daily new cases.

State health officials reported 628 new confirmed cases and 57 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as well as 14 additional confirmed deaths and two new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 784 new confirmed cases and 83 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as well as 18 additional confirmed deaths and 5 new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 921 new confirmed cases and 79 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, as well as 40 additional confirmed deaths and 10 new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 686 new confirmed cases and 86 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, along with 11 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.

State health officials reported 666 new confirmed cases and 66 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, along with 25 additional confirmed deaths and 10 new probable deaths.