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SCDHHS head Baker resigns

After serving for more than three years as Director of the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), Joshua Baker has resigned from his position, effective Jan. 11, 2021, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday, Dec. 15.

“Director Baker has served our state with distinction in several capacities for nearly a decade, and he will leave the Department of Health and Human Services better than it was when he arrived,” McMaster said in a release. “Over the past three years, he has simultaneously prioritized the health of South Carolinians and the financial health of our state as a whole. His leadership and expertise have served our people well and will be missed.”

“Over the past three years, we have fixed material weaknesses in our state’s Medicaid Eligibility and enrollment systems, implemented four major modules of the agency’s aging software infrastructure, maintained a strong financial position, and received federal approval for three waivers – two under the Healthy Connections Community Engagement Initiative and the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care – to improve the lives and health outcomes of South Carolinians,” Baker said in his letter of resignation.

County spraying for mosquitoes

Beaufort County Mosquito Control may conduct aerial and/or ground treatments through Friday, Dec. 18. Mosquito Control applies EPA-registered public health insecticide during ideal weather using low-flying aircraft throughout daylight hours and spray trucks from about 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. 

For additional information, please contact Mosquito Control at 843-255-5800