DHEC in the News: Spare the Air award, new hospice house, swim advisory

Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.

Clemson Parking and Transportation receives Spare the Air award from DHEC

CLEMSON — Clemson University Parking and Transportation Services was named as a 2017 recipient of the Spare the Air award (by the) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

Under the category of “Outstanding College or University,” Clemson was recognized as part of DHEC’s ongoing efforts to promote a healthier environment through air quality initiatives that are sustainable and replicable.

This could be the first hospice house in Horry County

The first hospice house in Horry County could be open to patients within a month.

Hospices are open to terminally ill patients at the end of their life. …

There are three other hospice services in Horry County, according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Robert Yanity. But they’re all outpatient facilities that offer care for patients in their homes, hospitals or nursing homes while a hospice house offers hospice services in a dedicated facility.

Swim advisory issued for high bacteria reading in area of North Myrtle Beach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTW) – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says a section of beach along the Grand Strand has been placed under a temporary swimming advisory for high bacteria levels on Thursday.

“The area affected is at 16th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach,” said Sean Torrens of DHEC’s Pee Dee Environmental Affairs office in Myrtle Beach. “High bacteria levels have been detected in this section of beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal.”

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