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SC DHEC director Rick Toomey announces resignation amid pandemic

By WBTV Web Staff | April 21, 2020 at 4:45 PM EDT – Updated May 27 at 8:01 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTV) – During a meeting of health officials Wednesday, the director of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced his resignation. Rick Toomey has served as the director of DHEC since Feb. 2019.

He also said he wants to spend more time with his family, especially his new grandson.

Toomey’s resignation comes in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, which has brought DHEC’s role in the state to the forefront.

His last day will be June 10.

Toomey joined Governor Henry McMaster as he answered questions Wednesday afternoon after the DHEC’s board meeting.

WATCH LIVE: Gov. Henry McMaster addresses the media after the director of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced his resignation. https://bit.ly/2M3nsLf

Posted by WBTV News on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

South Carolina health officials have surpassed their goal to test 110,000 residents for COVID-19 in the month of May.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Tuesday announced that 110,316 tests for COVID-19 have been performed in the state since May 1. Earlier this month, DHEC and its community partners set a goal to test two percent of the state’s population, or 110,000 residents by May 31.

A total of 181,154 total tests have been conducted in the state (by both DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory and private labs) since March 5, 2020.

South Carolina health officials announced 207 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday, increasing the total of statewide cases to 10,623. There were also 20 additional deaths reported, raising the toll to 466.

DHEC launched a new testing site map that easily and clearly identifies COVID-19 testing sites around the state. Clicking on a testing site icon provides the facility name, address, hours of operation, contact phone number and additional details. Testing sites are also listed under the map for easy viewing. View the updated map at scdhec.gov/covid19testing.

As of Wednesday morning, 3,277 inpatient hospital beds are available and 7,081 are in use, which is a 68.36% statewide hospital bed utilization rate. Of the 7,081 inpatient beds currently used, 398 are occupied by patients who have either tested positive or are under investigation for COVID-19.

For the latest information about bed utilization rates, testing, telehealth options and more, you can visit scdhec.gov/COVID-19. DHEC’s interactive maps were updated to include the latest confirmed and estimated COVID-19 cases by county and ZIP code.

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