Campaign Coverage 2020

South Carolina health agency promises new leader by November



COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The leader of the board that directs South Carolina’s health and environmental agency has promised to select a new director by November. Department of Health and Environmental Control Board Chairman Mark Elam said Wednesday that the board would have the new director in front of senators in January to be confirmed. Senators also questioned DHEC about the agency's handling of its emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They want to know why the agency seems hesitant to shut down bars and restaurants that break pandemic rules on masks and crowd sizes. DHEC leaders say they lean on local law enforcement for that kind of enforcement.

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