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DHEC: Rabies Pet Vaccination Clinics across SC this Spring

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–DHEC is set to Sponsor Rabies Pet Vaccination Clinics across the state.  According to the agency, veterinarians across South Carolina are joining forces with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to help owners protect themselves, families, communities, and pets against rabies. As required by state law, all pet owners must vaccinate their dogs, cats, and…

DHEC Confirms First Flu Death of Season in SC

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– South Carolina has recorded the first flu death of the season, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC announced Tuesday, that the death was in the Upstate region. “Sadly, an individual from the Upstate region has become our first lab-confirmed, influenza-associated death of the season,” said Teresa Foo MD, MPH, DHEC Immunization Medical Consultant. According…

DHEC: Swim Advisory Still in Effect For Saluda River

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– A swim advisory remains in effect for a section of the Saluda River, according to DHEC. Temporary advisory signs are up in the area with the bacteria. DHEC says the advisory is for the section of the Saluda river, the length of Saluda Shoals park. DHEC says water quality sampling in the Lower Saluda River, in the…

DHEC Director Stepping Down

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina’s public health director is stepping down. Director Catherine Heigel announced her resignation Thursday from the Department of Health and Environmental Control. The department says Heigel is returning to Greenville, where she will serve as chief operating officer for accounting and business firm Elliott Davis. Heigel took over one of the state’s largest agencies in…

DHEC Offering Free Radon Kits

COLUMBIA , SC  ( WOLO)– The Department of health is offering free Radon kits this month. According to officials from DHEC, January is National Radon Action Month, and they encourage all South Carolinians to test their homes for radon so they may find it, fix it, and potentially save a life. Here’s the information from DHEC : A free radon…

Watch: Don’t Waste Food in SC Project

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– According to DHEC, every year South Carolinians throw away more than 600 thousand tons of food. Now Governor Nikki Haley is launching Don’t Waste Food SC Day. The goal is to reduce food waster by 50 percent by 2030 either by donating excess food or composting it. Officials say if everyone does their part we will all…

DHEC to offer New App for Restaurant Health Scores

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– Health Officials in South Carolina are launching a new web application which provides restaurant food ratings and scores from The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The S.C. Food Grades program allows you to find restaurants on the map and then click to view the two most recent inspection scores. say officials. You can also view…

DHEC Investigates Assisted Living Center After Death of Woman

Marie Duddy/WCIV JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — A state agency is investigating a James Island assisted living center after an 80-year-old woman was found dead a day after she walked away. Marie Duddy’s body was found in a marsh about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, about 28 hours after officials at Savannah Place reported her missing, officials said. DHEC says this is…