DHEC

COVID vaccines recommended for children under 5

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -Over the weekend the CDC approved vaccinations for ages 6 months through 5 years old. This comes as DHEC says there is an increase in cases across South Carolina particularly in the Midlands.  Vaccines for the youngest age group 6 months through five years old are approved for both Pfizer and Moderna. State health leaders say this can reinforce…

DHEC updates on BA.2 Omicron sub-variant

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – DHEC is encouraging people to get fully vaccinated due to the impact of the highly contagious BA.2 Omicron subvariant. This comes after the White House reports 14 states are seeing upticks in COVID hospitalizations. Doctor Jane Kelly with DHEC says historically South Carolina has lagged behind the rest of the nation when it comes to surges. Currently…

DHEC: Coronavirus case numbers in SC below 500

Wednesday case numbers reported

COLUMBIA,  SC (WOLO)– Wednesday, DHEC reported 417 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 new deaths. State health officials say the percent positive was 12.4%. DHEC encourages anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated and boosted.     Categories: Local News Tags: DHEC

DHEC reports overdose deaths in SC in 2020 jumped sharply during Pandemic

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– DHEC says new data released reveals overdose deaths in South Carolina increased significantly in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental control shows from 2019 to 2020, the total number of opioid-involved overdose deaths increased by 59 percent, from 876 to 1400. Total drug overdoses also…

DHEC set to distribute free at home COVID rapid test kits

DHEC will have kits available, on a limited basis, at certain sites beginning Monday

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will hand out at home rapid COVIDd-19 test kits, beginning Monday, January 24. DHEC says the test kits each contain two tests and will be available for pick-up across the state. According to the agency, DHEC requested more than two million tests and has received about 140,000 of…