Category: State

News from around the state

SCEMD Monitors Hurricane Elsa

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is monitoring Hurricane Elsa, which forecasters say could affect the South Carolina next week.

Travel For Independence Day To Be Second-Highest On Record

Travel continues to rebound after a year-long pandemic. AAA forecasts travel volumes for Independence Day will be the second-highest on record; nearing the highs set in 2019.

COVID-19 Vaccination Amid Delta Variant Case Increase

Following the CDC’s announcement that the COVID-19 B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant has been classified as a Variant of Concern (VOC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is doubling down on its call for all eligible people to get vaccinated.

DHEC Urges Parents Of Children 12 And Older To Get Their Children Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Before Summer

With summer break on the horizon, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is encouraging parents to get their children, ages 12 and up, vaccinated as soon as possible to protect against COVID-19.

DHEC Announces Expansion Of Vaccination Homebound Project To All 46 Counties

In its ongoing effort to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to rural and underserved parts of the state, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is expanding its Vaccination Homebound Project to all 46 counties. The statewide program launched Monday, June 1 and will run through December 2021.

NOAA Predicting Above-Normal Hurricane Season

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.

Partnership Provides Childcare Scholarships For Families

Siblings of four-year-olds enrolled in the First Steps 4K program now qualify for child care scholarships thanks to a partnership between SC First Steps and the SC Department of Social Services.

WIC Program Making It Easier To Temporarily Purchase More Healthy Produce

South Carolina’s Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) is making it easier for program participants to purchase more healthy produce by temporarily increasing the Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for fruit and vegetable purchases beginning June 1, 2021.

South Carolina Public Health Officials Release Statement On New CDC Mask Guidelines

The Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Dr. Edward Simmer, released the following statement concerning new mask guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DHEC Issues Statement On Pfizer Vaccine For Those 12 And Older

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued nationwide recommendations for the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as a safe and effective measure for protecting young people ages 12 and older from COVID-19.