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DHEC in the News: Hurricane Irma, West Nile, swim advisory lifted

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

Significant number of forecasts show Hurricane Irma impacting South Carolina directly

Will Hurricane Irma hit South Carolina?

That’s the question everybody living in the Palmetto State wants answered, especially with daily reminders of the damage inflicted to Texas, and Houston specifically, by Hurricane Harvey.

What you need to know about West Nile

One day after the state confirmed a person in Anderson County has died from West Nile Virus, 7News is looking into what steps are in place to keep you safe.

Myrtle Beach Swimming Advisory Lifted by DHEC

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A section of beach along South Carolina’s Grand Strand is no longer under a swimming advisory, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported Friday.

DHEC in the News: Life-saving pediatric equipment, DHEC nutrition classes, swim advisory

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

Berkeley County EMS Receives Life-Saving Pediatric Equipment

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.–Helping children in an emergency just got a little easier thanks to new pediatric equipment Berkeley County EMS received on Wednesday.

Thanks to a donation through Charleston’s 9/11 Heroes Run and a DHEC EMS grant, the agency was able to purchase the Handtevy System.

“With their support, we were able to purchase this life-saving equipment for our pediatric population,” Berkeley County EMS posted on Facebook.

North Branch Library hosting SCDHEC nutrition classes through January

NORTH – The aromas wafting through the North Branch Library on Aug. 24 made visitors think they were in a fine dining restaurant.

The reason for the tantalizing smells was a South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control nutrition class that was underway there.

Each month for the next five months, North Branch Library and SCDHEC will team up to offer the nutrition classes at the library.

Swim advisory issued for part of North Myrtle Beach area

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A section of beach along South Carolina’s Grand Strand has been placed under a temporary swimming advisory, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported today.

DHEC in the News: HIV treatment, swim advisories, WIC in Orangeburg

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

Stigma preventing thousands with HIV from seeking treatment in SC

(Greenwood, SC – Index Journal) With modern treatment, HIV is no longer a death sentence, but McLendon said the shame surrounding the virus is more deadly than the disease itself. As of 2015, 18,340 people in South Carolina had been diagnosed with HIV, but about 6,235 of them had not received any form of treatment, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. [Elizabeth] McLendon said because many people live with the virus without knowing it or are never formally diagnosed, the number of people not receiving treatment is likely higher. Particularly in rural areas, such as Greenwood County — where there were about 82 people diagnosed with HIV as of 2014, according to AIDS VU — McLendon said the actual number of infected people is likely much larger.

Swim advisory issued for Saluda River because of sewage discharge

(Lexington County, SC – The State) An official swim advisory was issued Sunday, after water quality tests from portions of the Saluda River, near Saluda Shoals Park, showed high levels of bacteria, the Congaree Riverkeeper said Sunday.

The state standard for bacteria is 349, and the sample taken from the river Saturday registered 980.4, Congaree Riverkeeper Bill Stangler said. Such levels could make swimmers ill.

A wastewater discharge from the Friarsgate Wastewater Treatment facility late last week resulted in the increased bacteria level in the water, the riverkeeper said. State health officials had issued a caution to swimmers earlier in the weekend before a formal advisory was issued Sunday with results of water quality tests.

Sewage spill doesn’t stop summer fun at Catawba River

(Rock Hill, SC – The Herald) As of Saturday, Landsford Canal State Park, a popular recreational area in South Carolina about 45 miles south of Charlotte, had posted advisories against boating, wade fishing and swimming in the water, the Charlotte Observer reported. The advisories are posted at the entrance to the park as well as bathrooms and fence posts.

A notice was also posted at the Catawba Indian Nation landing, according to DHEC.

The department states: “DHEC has performed modeling which indicates that the spill should pass downstream of the Landsford Canal and Catawba Indian Reservation landings by Monday evening. Based on this information, we will be able to recommend removal of the notices Wednesday morning.”

An update on the Habersham boil water advisory

An advisory for Habersham residents to boil their water was lifted on Friday.

The precautionary advisory was issued on Thursday by the Beaufort Jasper Water and Sewer Authority and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, according to a BJWSA news release sent out late Friday afternoon. The groups announced on Friday that the latest water sample analyses showed the water in the area was free from bacteria and is safe to consume.

Head Start making impact; OCAB director seeking to enroll more children

(Orangeburg, SC – Times & Democrat) Head Start…participates in USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, which provides increased access to foods grown from local farmers.

“We applied for those funds to actually purchase fresh fruits and vegetables (from local farmers) to feed the kids. And it’s more to it than that. Children will learn that corn doesn’t come in a can, but they actually learn how food is grown. It helps the local economy, too,” Wright said, noting that children actually participate in food preparation by planting seeds and watching fruits and vegetables grow in their classrooms.

Stroman said the state Department of Health and Environmental Control has implemented a nutrition initiative within the Head Start program. Children are given nutrition lessons and activities, some of which are sent home to parents.

“We also have a certified dietician and nutritionist that approves all of our menus so that they are aligned with the USDA requirements and good healthy eating patterns,” she said.

Stroman said the Head Start program is also partnering with the state DHEC’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) office to have mobile units come out to its sites to make sure parents’ WIC certifications stay up to date.

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.”