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Brack: DHEC has trouble walking, chewing gum in pandemic

Andy Brack

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) isn’t exactly a confidence-inspiring agency. Even before the coronavirus pandemic stretched its capacities and morale, the agency was a mess. The Great Recession of a dozen years ago caused big staffing and funding cuts. Its infectious disease unit, for example, lost half of its funding […]

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SC nears 6,000 deaths from COVID-19, McMaster backs off vaccine order

South Carolina will likely pass the 6,000-death mark this week, as COVID-19 deaths and cases continue adding up. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 3,450 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with 60 new deaths from the coronavirus-caused disease. The total number of of deaths due to COVID-19 in South Carolina reached 5,915 […]

1/24 COVID-19 update: 3,450 cases; 23.7% positive; 60 deaths

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 3,450 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, with 60 additional confirmed deaths. As of 3:20 p.m. Jan. 24, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control: With 13,560 tests reported Sunday, 25.4% were positive. Confirmed cases in S.C.: 376,987 (+3,450)Total positive cases in Charleston County: 30,997 (+182)Total positive cases in Berkeley County: 11,943 (+66)Total […]

How South Carolina’s prison population dropped 30% in 11 years

When S.C. Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling arrived on the job in 2013, his first order of business was to find out how prisoners who had done their time were released back into society. He was in for an eye-opening experience.  Typically around the end of the month, prisoners who had done their time […]

Brittain: SC House needs to slow down on Santee Cooper

As a major commercial customer of Santee Cooper, I know rates for the hotels and resorts we manage are low and that the reliability of utility service to our properties is high. I am worried about a potential change in ownership of Santee Cooper, and I have big concerns about the “sell Santee Cooper” debate […]