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City ○ Early Saturday morning the historic Babcock building, located in the Bull Street District, was damaged in a devastating three-alarm fire. Columbia Fire Department worked for the majority of the day to extinguish the flames that caused the iconic cupola to collapse. The damage was localized to the center of the 250,000 square foot building and impacted all three floors. (WIS)
Announced ○ South Carolina was selected to participate in a new national program to change child welfare systems. The first-of-its-kind program, called Thriving Families, Safer Children: A National Commitment to Well-Being, is being implemented in four states. (Midlands Biz)
State ○ On Friday, President Donald TrumpawardedSouth Carolina native Sergeant Major Thomas Payne with the Medal of Honor. In 2015, Sgt. Maj. Payne rescued 70 hostages during a raid in Iraq. (WLTX)
Biz ○ The Piggly Wiggly, located at 3818 Devine St.,could become the next Lidl location in the Midlands pending a committee planning happening today. The current owner of the store states that they have no intention of a transition occurring. (Post and Courier)
Health ○ DHECannounced a transition in leadership of the Public Health Director. Dr. Brannon Traxler will assume the role of interim director of public health effective immediately. Dr. Traxler formerly served as the Chief Medical Officer for the state’s COVID-19 response. Dr. Joan Duwve will stay on with the agency in an advisory role until Oct. 1. (WIS)
Apply ○ South Carolina students in 5th-12th grade can apply for the 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have volunteered within the past 12 months – virtually or in-person. The top middle level + high school volunteer will receive a $1,000 scholarship, engraved medallion and an invitation to the program’s national recognition events in early May. The application is now available here. (Metro Columbia CEO)
Watch ○ Lexington Medical Center is sharing information fromexperts caring for COVID-19 patientsto help keep our community healthy + safe. Watch Khurram Rashid, MD,share the facts about masks. 😷 Ⓟ
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○Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
○ Late last week, SCDHEC announced the agency + several key partners are developing astatewide COVID-19 vaccination testing planin accordance with federal guidance.The overarching goal of this vaccination plan will be the equitable distribution of vaccines across the state. (WCSC)
○ Yesterday, SCDHEC announced that the organization is launching a new immunization information system that will help ensure access + availability of essential immunizations to everyone in SC. The Statewide Immunization Online Network (SIMON) will provide a streamlined process for immunization providers to manage vaccine inventory in addition to providing patient reminders and offering a patient portal to view immunization records. (WLTX)
○ All South Carolina students will receivefree breakfast + lunch through the end of 2020 due to an extension of the USDA’s summer food service program waiver. Families do not have to meet specific requirements and meals will be distributed through curbside pick-up or drop off at predetermined locations. (WLTX)
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