Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
SC flu deaths more than double in the new year
South Carolina health officials say 15 people have died of the flu so far this season, more than double the number of deaths at this time last year.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Friday the 15 deaths occurred through Jan. 6.
Upstate businesses combating flu season
As flu season continues to attack the Upstate, workplaces in Spartanburg County are working on ways to keep employees healthy and productivity high.
Sky Foster, BMW Manufacturing Co. Spartanburg’s department manager of corporate communications, said the company plans for flu and cold season months in advance in an effort to keep as many employees as healthy as possible.
Lake Conestee Nature Park wins national environmental award
Lake Conestee Nature Park has been awarded a 2017 Phoenix Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for excellence in brownfield redevelopment.
The award was created in 1997 to honor individuals and groups who are working to solve the critical environmental challenge of transforming blighted and contaminated areas into productive new uses, according to a press release.