Although her doable transfer to take a job in Ohio didn’t occur, South Carolina’s public well being director remains to be exiting her position with the state Division of Well being and Environmental Management. As reported by The Submit and Courier’s Jessica Holdman, state Public Well being Director Dr. Joan Duwve is about to go away DHEC after simply 5 months. Her exit comes as South Carolina continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Brannon Traxler, who’s chief medical officer for the state’s COVID-19 response, would be the interim public well being director. DHEC introduced Duwve’s exit on Sept. 11. That adopted a day of uncertainty about her future. On the afternoon of Sept. 10, Ohio’s governor introduced Duwve would take a high public well being job in hat state. Six hours later, Gov. Mike DeWine stated Duwve had withdrawn her title from consideration, citing unspecified private causes. Duwve’s choice to not settle for the Ohio place was largely primarily based on harassment skilled by the state’s former well being director Amy Acton, The State newspaper reported. Regardless of not taking the Ohio job, Duwve remains to be transferring on from DHEC. “Joan is an excellent doctor who’s enthusiastic about public well being and we enormously respect the time she spent with DHEC as our director of public well being. We want her the perfect of luck in her future endeavors,” DHEC Appearing Director Marshall Taylor stated in an announcement.
COMET driver who final operated USC shuttle bus identified with COVID-19
A driver with the COMET bus system who lately drove a shuttle bus for College of South Carolina college students, in addition to buses on numerous different non-USC routes, has examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus and has been quarantined. The bus system — which companies Richland and elements of Lexington and Newberry counties, and has a contract to function USC’s shuttle buses — disclosed the motive force’s prognosis in a Sept. 11 information launch. The motive force in query final labored on Sept. 9, and on that day drove what the COMET described within the launch because the “1302 Tripper USC.” A spokeswoman with the bus system says tripper buses “comply with one of many fundamental buses to forestall overcrowding.” COMET CEO John Andoh added that the bus driver operated on COMET routes 77 and 6 on September 7, and drove the Soda Cap route 1 on Sept. 8. The bus driver reportedly examined optimistic on Sept. 11. The motive force will self-quarantine for 14 days, then be retested. “The protection of our bus operators, our riders and the general public is high of thoughts, particularly throughout this pandemic,” COMET CEO John Andoh stated within the information launch. “We’re continuously exploring newer and higher methods to make sure that we defend employees and passengers in order that they’ll journey as safely as doable.” The bus system has been disinfecting its autos every day, and riders and drivers are required to put on masks. The COMET additionally does every day temperature checks on its drivers and employees.
Richland County may get $730K grant for election tools
From the “Each little bit helps” file: Richland County, which has lengthy had points with calamitous elections, may get $730,000 in grant funding for the county workplace of elections and voter registration. The grant funds would come from the Heart for Tech and Civic Life, an elections-focused nonprofit that has acquired monetary assist from Google, Fb, the Knight Basis and different organizations. The nonprofit is doling out greater than $250 million to native governments for elections this 12 months. In accordance with county paperwork, the grant to the Richland elections workplace would come with $450,000 for absentee poll processing tools, together with a poll counting machine and a big inbound mail sorting machine; $100,000 for promoting to advertise absentee voting; $150,000 for 30 extra voting machines; and $25,000 for miscellaneous elections provides. As Free Instances was going to press, Richland County Council was set to vote on whether or not or to not settle for the money. County officers have stated there might be as many as 60,000 mail-in absentee ballots in Richland this 12 months, as some residents wish to keep away from crowded election day strains amid COVID-19. The opportunity of the grant funding comes as Richland County appears to be like to rebound from a calamitous June 9 major. That day was marred by an excessive scarcity of ballot staff due to COVID-19 fears, quite a few mixed precincts, hours-long waits at polling locations (the ultimate votes had been forged within the wee hours of June 10), and studies of individuals receiving incorrect ballots.