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DHEC in the News: Focus On The Flu

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

Good Question: Is it too late to get a flu shot?

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) – Nine deaths in just one week.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says that’s how many people died from the flu in South Carolina between January 7 and January 13.

In all, 24 people have died of flu-related complications in the state since flu season started in October.

CDC: Flu season deadly for many SC residents, especially bad for kidney disease patients

It’s a fresh start to the year since flu season is finally over, right?
Wrong. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while seasonal flu outbreaks can start as early as October, they can last as late as May.
Since chronic kidney disease and dialysis patients already suffer from weak immune systems, they are at a high risk of catching the flu, which could lead to feeling miserable, hospitalization – along with an increased risk of infections and medical errors – and even death in some.

Aiken Regional hospital limits visitations amid peak flu season

Medical experts at Aiken Regional Medical Centers are providing important reminders amid this year’s flu season.

In an effort to help prevent the spread of influenza virus and other circulating respiratory illnesses, the Aiken hospital has implemented the clinically appropriate infection control precautions to keep not only visitors and patients healthy, but staff members, too.

“In response to the increasing number of influenza cases, Aiken Regional Medical Centers is temporarily restricting hospital visitation of friends and family age 12 and under,” according to a news release from ARMC. “The only exception is children under 12 years old are allowed to visit our Labor and Delivery area.”

Think flu season’s been rough in York County? Brace yourself: it hasn’t peaked yet.

ROCK HILL — Flu season hasn’t peaked yet in York County, according to Piedmont Medical Center infectious disease specialist Dr. Arash Poursina.

“Traditionally, in this part of the country, we peak sometime around February or the end of January,” he said. “I expect it to actually increase over the next few weeks.”

The hospital is full of flu patients with significant complications, many suffering from flu-related pneumonia, sepsis and respiratory failures, Poursina said.

“It’s been crazy this year,” he said.

School custodial staff extra busy with flu season in full swing

Horry County, SC (WPDE) — Florence districts and Horry County Schools report no abnormal numbers for flu cases so far this flu season.

“There’s always something to be wiped down, cleaned, vacuumed, there’s always something to do,” said Shannon Angelo, the custodial supervisor at River Oaks Elementary.

There is extra cleaning during flu season.

DHEC in the News: Flu, DHEC grant aids Bamberg County, sewage

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

MUSC extends visitor restrictions as flu cases continue mounting

Visitor restrictions have been extended at Medical University Hospital through Jan. 29 as the flu continues to ravage the Lowcountry.

Visitors may only visit inpatients and patients in the emergency department and will be restricted to a patient’s immediate family members only, including partners, significant others, spouses, parents, children and caregivers.

DHEC grant funds waste tire recycling upgrades in county

BAMBERG — Bamberg County is utilizing a South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control grant in the amount of $254,250 to improvement its waste tire recycling.

SCDHEC announced the grant in May.

As a result, the county has been able to purchase a new roll-off truck and six 30-yard containers in addition to making Convenience and Recycling site improvements, such as privacy fencing and new carport covers.

General Interest

700,000+ gallons of sewage spilled in Columbia in ’17 — but that’s a big improvement

Nasty, poorly treated sewage remains a threat to Columbia rivers, but city officials and a riverkeeper group are encouraged by data showing the volume of spills was down last year.

For the first time in five years of compiling sewage spill data, the Congaree Riverkeeper says spills dropped below 1 million gallons in 2017. The group reports that utilities, led by the city of Columbia, released 758,000 gallons of untreated wastewater.

DHEC in the News: restricted visitations because of flu, flu impact in the Lowcountry, DHEC grant to aid Murrells Inlet

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

Greenville Health System issues visitation restrictions because of widespread flu

Greenville Health System is limiting patient visitation to adults except in special circumstances in an effort to combat the spread of flu and other contagious illnesses.

Those children who are approved will be asked to wear masks to reduce disease transmission because flu and other respiratory illnesses can be contagious for several days before the first symptoms appear.

GHS is also asking anyone with respiratory illnesses to delay visits until they are well.

Severe flu season having widespread impact on Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The flu season has inundated the Lowcountry, and doctors say it’s severe.

The death toll is at fifteen flu-related deaths in South Carolina since this winter’s flu season started.

DHEC said in its weekly Flu Watch that 830 people have been hospitalized for flu-related illness, and fifteen people have died. One of which, the CDC listed as in the Lowcountry.

Group says DHEC grant could help cut down on bacteria in Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet, S.C. (WPDE) — A South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) grant is funding a project that could cut down on bacteria in Murrells Inlet, according to a group in Murrells Inlet.

On Wednesday, the Murrells Inlet 2020 group posted to their Facebook page to explain a construction project currently being completed near the bike bridge on Highway 17 Business.