Our Most Current Newsletter
January 8, 2021
Good morning friends and happy Friday, Jan. 8!
Thanks for reading and stay healthy, Palmetto State
This week’s headline story:
McMaster: Those in phase 1A have until Jan. 15 to get vaccine or
“go to back of the line.”
HealthLinks Charleston launches its 2021 Best in Health Contest.
Vote for your Charleston area health care favorites.
Researchers and medical professionals are still learning about the effects of MIS-C, a mysterious multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children that has a link to post-COVID infected children. While rare, it is “very serious,” asserted Allison Eckard, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease physician and division chief, pediatric infectious diseases, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Read our story about this pediatric condition here.
Ever wonder when the best time would be to home in on one sport for your children? What if you notice their talent as a young child? What if it is much later in high school? Are there health risks to focusing on one sport? We spoke to Dr. Kyle Cassas, sports medicine specialist with Prisma Health in Greenville, and Dr. Jana Upshaw, sports medicine physician at Winning Health in Mount Pleasant. Read our story here.
“Sports are a great way for kids to be active, pick up healthy habits and improve their teamwork skills, but keeping them in a single sport year-round can pose health risks. Early sports specialization – defined as intense training in a single sport for eight or more months out of the year – can lead to an increased risk of injury in children.”
Keep up to date with COVID-19 cases in the United States by visiting the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Get the latest information on COVID-19 and its effects on the state of South Carolina from DHEC here.
Previous poll results:
Will you get the COVID vaccine when it is available?
- 71.4% said “Yes, without a doubt.”
- 21.4% said “I will get it eventually, after they figure out if there are side effects, but not right away.”
- 7.1% said “No, I will never get it.”
But first, some GOOD news:
- First 2021 baby born at Roper St. Francis Healthcare.
Breaking news from this week:
- The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has canceled its 2021 event.
- Dorchester School District 2 offers free training for parents of virtual learners.
- South Carolina senators pre-file bill to make phone use while driving illegal.
Check out these events:
- With COVID-19 concerns expected to continue into the new year, the 2021 Cooper River Bridge Run has been postponed. Race officials recently announced that the race, which was scheduled for March 27, 2021, will now take place on Sept. 25, 2021.
- The NCAA formalized plans to hold the entire 2021 men’s basketball tournament in Indianapolis and the surrounding area March 16 through April 5.
Now your local health care news:
- Trident Medical Center has been administering the second dose of the COVID vaccine to its health care workers.
- MUSC Health is now offering vaccines to community health care providers and first responders in accordance with the CDC’s phase 1a.
- Infectious disease expert Helmut Albrecht, M.D., addressed several of the myths going around about the COVID-19 vaccine on the latest Prisma Health blog.
- Bon Secours St. Francis Health System tightens visitor restrictions.
- The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System asks everyone to renew their commitment to preventing COVID-19 in its latest blog.
- Taking a break from alcohol this January can be a great benefit to one’s health, especially after a spike nationwide in drinking during COVID-19. Dr. Valerie Scott of Roper St. Francis Physician Partners believes one of the best ways to stop this spike is to participate in “Dry January.”
- East Cooper Medical Center is excited and proud to announce that its new Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility is now open!
- The VAMC announced that it will reach out to veterans when their priority group is eligible: “We are following CDC guidelines and VHA prioritization for distributing the vaccine to staff and veterans.”
- AnMed Health speaks on hospital capacity after seeing surge in COVID-19 cases.
- Check out the free COVID-19 testing sites throughout January with Self Regional Healthcare.
- Shop CORA’s Therapy Essentials today for your 10% discount on this CanDo Exercise Tubing with Cuff Exerciser. It’s the perfect solution for strengthening and conditioning workouts on-the-go.
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