Medical marijuana bill, State administers more than 2 million vaccine doses, Getting back to normal, Spotlighting the SC Hospital Association + more
April 6-8, 2021
MUSC Health remains focused on the safety of our community, patients, families, and care team members. With COVID-19 infection rates continuing to impact our community, we want to provide you with further information and updates about services, including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
“Now that the majority of South Carolinians are eligible to receive the vaccine, and infections and hospitalizations have dropped significantly, state agency heads may safely bring back the last group of state employees working remotely,”
- Gov. Henry McMaster
The SC Fetal Heartbeat Protection from Abortion Act would ban abortions in the state once a heartbeat is detected (usually occurring around six to eight weeks into a woman’s pregnancy). The four exceptions to the ban are: in the case of rape, incest, a fetal anomaly, or if the mother’s life is threatened by her pregnancy.
"Waiting any longer will only add to the suffering that is experienced by those who are plagued with debilitating illnesses. Passing this legislation is long overdue."
Millions of dollars are transferred to the Unclaimed Property Program each year by companies who cannot find the rightful owners. This week, The SC Treasurer’s Office announced that there are more than 600,000 new properties that have been reported to the Unclaimed Property Program. This includes things like money in dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, and forgotten deposits. Search for unclaimed property on the State Treasurer’s website to see if you have money waiting on you.
The Religious Freedom Act is legislation that reinforces our First Amendment Right to worship, even during a State of Emergency. It deems religious services essential and protects our ability to worship in times of crisis when we need it most. I voted in favor of this bill, which passed second reading by a vote of 86-29.
This week, the House passed a law that allows mobile barbershops to operate upon acquisition of a permit. This opens a new avenue of business, which is important considering the hardships faced by the personal services industry during shutdowns. This passed by a vote of 85-29.
This bill, proposed by Rep. Allison as a joint resolution allows for more homeschool students to be eligible to participate in public school interscholastic activities, such as sports. I voted in favor of this bill, which then passed by a vote of 104-1.
Currently, all South Carolinians age 16 and older can get their COVID-19 vaccine:
South Carolina's phased approach to its COVID-19 vaccine rollout was focused on saving lives, which is why those most at risk for severe illness and death were prioritized to receive vaccine first. With more and more vaccine becoming available and more and more people receiving their shots, South Carolina is now able to open vaccines to anyone 16 and older.
HOW: How can I protect myself and my family?
The image below provides recommendations for best COVID-19 safety practices. Source: https://scdhec.gov/covid19
DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line 1-866-365-8110
Mental health/substance abuse services related to COVID-19: 1-844-724-6737
SBA loans are available to qualifying businesses and help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. CLICK HERE for more information about how your business can qualify. For other helpful COVID-19 resources, visit the Accelerate SC website.
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