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Bullying, teasing, and harassment should not be considered normal rites of passage or “kids just being kids”. The effects of bullying can be serious, including depression, low self-esteem, health problems, and even suicide.

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Young children experience the world through their relationships with parents and other caregivers. Children and families thrive when they have access to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. These relationships and environments are the key to creating positive childhood exp…

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Learn general tips to get prepared before a disaster and what to do in case of a disaster to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.

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Between 1946 and 1952 no fewer than four drive-in movie theaters opened in Florence: The Florence Drive-In, The Ace (Bright Leaf), The Circle, and last but not least, the Palmetto Drive-In Theater.The Palmetto was located on the north side of the Darlington highway (US 52 / Lucas Street), ne…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Free, self-administered COVID-19 testing continues to be available at Founders Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Columbia as part of surge testing provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The testing offered is simple and pain-free and DHEC i…

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COVID-19 is the disease that is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus that scientists are working hard to understand. The origin of the virus, how it is spread, and strategies that can be taken to limit the spread are just a few of the things being studied. With so much n…

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide $200 million to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness.Funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) will …

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KANSAS CITY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grant investments of more than $53 million across three unique programs for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and military veterans to support American agriculture.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that Ocean Drive Elementary School is among the winners earning National Blue Ribbon Schools designation for 2020. This designation is the highest honor a school can receive from the U.S. Department Education.

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 At MUSC Health, the safety of patients, families, care team members, remains the number one priority. Close monitoring of the COVID‐19 pandemic continues at the MUSC Health – Florence Division. The following information pertains to MUSC Health Florence and Marion Medical Centers only. The M…

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This year’s entries to the J. Mitchell Graham/Barrett Lawrimore Competition and COVID-19 Response and Resiliency Showcase were excellent! Our judges were impressed with some interesting and innovative solutions on a wide variety of county challenges. 

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COLUMBIA, S.C. —  On September 21, Augusta University Healthcare in Georgia reported approximately 15,000 negative and positive test results to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Those test results cover a time frame of March 18 through September 17. Th…

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Columbia, South Carolina –  The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) is pleased to announce that we have recognized a record-breaking 59 SC hospitals who collectively won 239 Certified Zero Harm Awards this year. Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, which led to stresses on sta…

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(Columbia, South) The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) announced that Dr. David Omura is the winner of the 2020 Drive to Zero Harm Leadership Award, a recognition given to the South Carolina healthcare leader who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to creating a culture of high r…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. —  Today, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 420 new confirmed cases and 30 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 13 additional confirmed deaths and no new probable deaths.

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Veteran care always comes first at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS). Despite many pandemic-related changes, staff in all services, including chaplains, adapted creatively by finding innovative and meaningful ways to continue providing care.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Today, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is sharing updated data that shows communities with mask requirement ordinances in place continue to see a slower rate of disease spread compared to communities without mask requirements.

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At MUSC Health, the safety of patients, families, care team members, remains the number one priority. Close monitoring of the COVID‐19 pandemic continues at the MUSC Health – Florence Division. The following information pertains to MUSC Health Florence and Marion Medical Centers only. The MU…

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MUSC Health Florence and Marion Medical Centers have earned a combined 14 South Carolina "Certified Zero Harm Awards" from the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA). These awards are in recognition of the outstanding performance for patient safety and prevention of hospital­ acquired in…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. —  Today, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 740 new confirmed cases and 41 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 27 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. —  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), City of Columbia, and the University of South Carolina (UofSC) today announced its surge testing efforts to expand access to fre…

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Planning to leave the vegetable garden fallow this fall? If you take the time to plant a cover crop instead, you will reap the benefits later. In general, cover crops protect the soil from erosion, suppress weeds, maintain soil moisture, increase organic matter, and recycle nutrients. But fo…

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The Hartsville Police Department participated in the Sober or Slammer Campaign from 08/21/2020 to 09/07/2020.  During this campaign, officers increased enforcement efforts including aggressive patrols for impaired drivers.  Please help us keep the roads safe by not drinking and driving or ge…

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New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that adult obesity prevalence is increasing and racial and ethnic disparities persist. Notably, adults with obesity are at heightened risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19.The 2019 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps show tha…

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Tuesday,September 15, CDC released indicators to help schools make dynamic decisions about in-person learning as local conditions evolve throughout the pandemic. When coupled with local data about community spread, these indicators are an important tool to help local health officials, school…