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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word “open enrollment” sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there’s always a nagging feeling that you’re wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Care Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you’re in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in cityname or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you’re approaching the golden years of your life, it’s important you understand what Medicare is if you don’t already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor’s visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Care Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won’t cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called “PDPs,” these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Care Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in North Charleston

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in “gaps” that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Care Insurance Solutions sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

Coinsurance

Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Care Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you will be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agency that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Care Insurance Solutions has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in cityname is during the six-month Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in North Charleston, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Care Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called “MA Plans” or “Part C,” Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an “all in one” solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Care Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in cityname. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor

Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan’s service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan’s network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

The Senior Care Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.

Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

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Businesses caught in the crossfire over COVID-19 vaccination policy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - In a move impacting more than 100 million workers around the country, President Joseph Biden announced all federal employees will be required to get vaccinated.In addition, he is also directing the Department of Labor to develop a rule requiring all private businesses with more than 100 employees to implement vaccination requirement. Alternatively, unvaccinated employees can opt for weekly testing. The move pits the federal government against South Carolina officials against vaccine mandates with business cau...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - In a move impacting more than 100 million workers around the country, President Joseph Biden announced all federal employees will be required to get vaccinated.

In addition, he is also directing the Department of Labor to develop a rule requiring all private businesses with more than 100 employees to implement vaccination requirement. Alternatively, unvaccinated employees can opt for weekly testing. The move pits the federal government against South Carolina officials against vaccine mandates with business caught in the middle.

“Some of the biggest companies are already requiring this: United Airlines, Disney, Tysons Food, and even Fox News,” Biden said. “The bottom line: We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers. We’re going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing the share of the workforce that is vaccinated in businesses all across America.”

Across the nation, the vast majority of businesses employ fewer than 100 employees, making up about 53 percent of the workforce. In South Carolina, the numbers are similar.

In Charleston County there are about 1,500 employers with more than 100 employees compared to upwards of 70,300 employers with fewer than 50.

Frank Knapp with the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce says he doesn’t expect small businesses will be significantly impacted by the rule since most do not crest 100 workers. In fact, his organization classifies small businesses as those with fewer than 100 employees, while the federal government defines a small business as any business under 500 employees.

While most small businesses are under the 100-employee threshold and many of the state’s top employers are either large corporations, government agencies or healthcare providers there are a handful of mid-sized businesses that will have to make some tough decisions.

The Charleston Hospitality Group has 400-500 employees spread across half a dozen Lowcountry restaurants. Chief Marketing Officer J. Michael Walker says they’re weighing their options, but need way more details.

“You have to have a lot of manpower to enforce this type of law,” Walker said. “There are a lot of nuances in that and, frankly, it’s fine to come out with a mandate until you get to the nitty gritty of the law that comes from the Department of Labor. We’re just kind of operating as is for now.”

That rule from the Department of Labor has not yet been announced but Gov. Henry McMaster is already against it.

“They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad,” McMaster tweeted. “Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”

However, this back and forth between the state and federal government has left many businesses stuck in a no-win scenario.

“The biggest issue we have now is who do you follow. We have run into that with our local mandates verses out state mandates. We’re seeing that with our school systems mandates,” Walker said. “I am sure there is going to be a fight in court. . . We look at it as which agency is coming around and telling us what we have to do, and which agency ultimately determines whether we stay open or close.”

Walker says, in the end, they’ll just have to see who starts enforcing what. The Charleston Hospitality Group is not ready to mandate vaccinations just yet but says most of their employees are vaccinated anyways.

“We will need to come up with some kind of program,” Walker said. “Our management met this morning to determine the best course of action - whether we can implement testing on our own or if it is required to be done by the employee themselves.”

Meanwhile, many of largest employers in the Charleston area have already implemented vaccine mandates. Those employers include: Joint Base Charleston, The City of North Charleston, The City of Charleston, Charleston County, The Medical University of South Carolina and Roper St. Francis Healthcare.

Among some of the largest companies still to require vaccinations as of Friday are: Charleston County School District, Berkeley County School District, Dorchester District Two School District, Boeing, Trident Health, Walmart and the US Postal Service.

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Container boom continued in August for South Carolina ports

Container volumes didn’t back down in August, with volumes 12% higher at the Port of Charleston than they were a year ago, the South Carolina Ports Authority said Thursday.At the Port of Charleston’s three terminals — the Wando Welch Terminal, the North Charleston Terminal and the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal — August volumes were 234,688 twenty-foot equivalent units, a 12% gain over August 2020. Year-to-date volumes are also 24% higher than the s...

Container volumes didn’t back down in August, with volumes 12% higher at the Port of Charleston than they were a year ago, the South Carolina Ports Authority said Thursday.

At the Port of Charleston’s three terminals — the Wando Welch Terminal, the North Charleston Terminal and the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal — August volumes were 234,688 twenty-foot equivalent units, a 12% gain over August 2020. Year-to-date volumes are also 24% higher than the same period last year.

SCPA’s handling of pier containers rose 12% year-over-year to 130,729, while year-to-date volumes were up by 24% to 267,887 pier containers. Pier containers account for boxes of any size, it said.

Import containers climbed 18% year-over-year in August to 114,671 “as consumers spend more on retail goods than services during the pandemic,” SCPA said.

Meanwhile, the Columbus Street Terminal handled 26,044 vehicles in August, which is higher than the 15,450 vehicles handled in July and slightly under the 26,214 vehicles handled in August 2020.

Inland port activity “remained steady” in August, with Inland Port Greer handling 11,902 rail lifts and Inland Port Dillon handling 2,635 rail moves. Their total of 14,537 is higher than July’s total of 13,976 but down from August 2020’s total of 16,949.

“SC Ports planned well for this growth by investing more than $2 billion in port infrastructure in recent years to handle rising cargo volumes and retail imports,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “Phase one of Leatherman Terminal adds 700,000 TEUs of capacity and an additional berth to the East Coast port market, and the three-berth Wando Welch Terminal works mega container ships every day.”

But Newsome also noted the challenges that lay ahead for the remainder of 2021.

“Shippers and retailers can rely on SC Ports’ efficient operations, cargo capacity and berth availability to keep goods moving through the Southeast supply chain,” Newsome said. “The global supply chain is however under tremendous stress due to disruptions from the pandemic. The slowdown in cargo velocity that we are currently experiencing due to a number of supply chain constraints is concerning as we head into the peak season this fall.”

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Jason Mraz Set to Re-Release Debut LP, ‘Live & Acoustic’

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Jason Mraz, announced the forthcoming re-release of his first-ever album, Live & Acoustic (2001). The re-release, which will officially be called, Live & Acoustic (20th Anniversary Edition), is set to drop this fall on November 5.The record, which was born from the artist’s early days in the San Diego coffee house circuit, hearkens back to Mraz’s salad days as a new pe...

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Jason Mraz, announced the forthcoming re-release of his first-ever album, Live & Acoustic (2001). The re-release, which will officially be called, Live & Acoustic (20th Anniversary Edition), is set to drop this fall on November 5.

The record, which was born from the artist’s early days in the San Diego coffee house circuit, hearkens back to Mraz’s salad days as a new performer. The new re-release will include two unreleased bonus tracks.

“Live & Acoustic celebrates the poetry, harmony, and humor that became the foundation for my entire career,” Mraz says in a press release. “It’s not only fun to replay and reimagine that material; I believe it’s important to remember and honor where we came from and how we got here. Add to it our buddy from the coffee shop days, Gregory Page, whose most recent album earned the highest praise at the 2021 San Diego Music Awards, and it’s sure to be a wonderful night of music and laughter.”

The 44-year-old, Mechanicsville, Virginia-born Mraz is also set to head on tour with artist, Toca Rivera. The gigs will commence on November 26 in his home state of Virginia. The tour concludes in Riverside, California on December 22.

In 2020, Mraz released his latest studio LP, Look for the Good, which he followed with a U.S. tour with a 13-piece reggae band.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

NOVEMBER

26 — Newport News, VA — Ferguson Center for the Arts

27 — Charleston, SC — North Charleston Performing Arts Center

28 — Durham, NC –Durham Performing Arts Center

30 — Athens, GA — The Classic Center

DECEMBER

1 — Mobile, AL — Saenger Theatre

3 — Birmingham, AL — BJCC Concert Hall

4 — Memphis, TN — Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

5 — Louisville, KY — The Louisville Palace

7 — Davenport, IA — Adler Theatre

8 — Madison, WI — Orpheum Theater

10 — Omaha, NE — Orpheum Theater

11 — Minneapolis, MN — Northrop Auditorium

12 — Fargo, ND — Fargo Theatre

14 — Wichita, KS — Orpheum Theatre

17 — Boulder, CO — Macky Auditorium Concert Hall

18 — Boulder, CO — Macky Auditorium Concert Hall

19 — Salt Lake City, UT — Delta Hall at Eccles Theater

22 — Riverside, CA — Fox Performing Arts Center

SC cities OK emergency mask rules again as COVID cases spike

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina cities are bringing back indoor mask requirements as this summer\'s COVID-19 outbreak in the state rivals the height of the pandemic last winter before vaccines were widely available.Three Midlands cities — Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce — all passed requirements that people wear masks indoors in public places except while eating and a few other exceptions. The emergency rules follow a ban by state lawmakers on mandatory masks in schools for the most part.South Caro...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina cities are bringing back indoor mask requirements as this summer\'s COVID-19 outbreak in the state rivals the height of the pandemic last winter before vaccines were widely available.

Three Midlands cities — Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce — all passed requirements that people wear masks indoors in public places except while eating and a few other exceptions. The emergency rules follow a ban by state lawmakers on mandatory masks in schools for the most part.

South Carolina never passed a statewide mask mandate but allowed local governments to do so in 2020. Most of them faded away after Gov. Henry McMaster ended a 14-month long COVID-19 state of emergency in June when the state was seeing about 150 new cases a day.

Now, South Carolina is seeing about 5,400 new COVID-19 cases a day, similar to the pandemic\'s previous peak in January. The state has the second highest number of new cases by population just behind Tennessee, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

"Not enough people are vaccinated, not enough people are consistently or properly wearing masks, and the delta variant is proving to be hypertransmissible," South Carolina Public Health Director Dr. Brannon Traxler said Wednesday.

The state has reported 10,996 deaths from COVID-19 as of Wednesday. South Carolina passed 100,000 deaths just 28 days earlier.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare infectious disease Dr. Kent Stock said in a video posted by the hospital on Twitter that the death toll from the disease is as staggering as any he has seen in his career, made even sadder by a free and widely available vaccine that can now prevent most deaths.

"People just dismiss it. They rationalize it away. They do what I do every day to get through the day," Stock said, pausing as he failed to keep from crying. "We lose a little a little bit of our humanity."

This latest wave of COVID-19 has coincided with the return of students to school combined with large gatherings like football games.

And it is hitting young people hard after the first waves left them mostly untouched. About a third of all COVID-19 cases in the state in the past month have been in people 20 and younger, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Prisma Health, which operates about half the hospital beds in South Carolina in the Upstate and the Midlands, had 568 people hospitalized Wednesday with COVID-19. That was 24 more patients than its previous peak. More than 90% of the patients in the hospital did not get the COVID-19 vaccine, the health system said.

Prisma had to suspend elective surgery at its largest hospital in Greenville for the rest of the week so those health workers could help with COVID-19 patients.

"Given the recent Labor Day celebrations — and now as we go into fall football season — we are deeply concerned that the public is still not taking this pandemic seriously. The COVID delta variant is much more contagious," Prisma Health Upstate Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Wendell James said in a statement.

The virus is spreading through schools as well. State health officials are reporting nearly 6,000 cases in school employees and students when school has been in session less than a month.

DHEC issued new guidance for schools Wednesday, suggesting they go back to online classes if they have 5% to 10% of students testing positive or 30% absent because of positive tests or quarantining.

School districts can\'t pass their own mask mandates because of a budget rule passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in June that prevents state money from being spent enforcing a mask rule. The state Supreme Court ruled last week that cities can\'t overrule the state.

DHEC has urged lawmakers for weeks to come back in special session and allow masks, repeatedly showing evidence that masks worn properly do slow the spread of COVID-19.

"It\'s frustrating to know and have the answer and have the evidence that backs that answer and still see the same problems persist," Traxler said.

West Columbia and Cayce don\'t include schools in their new emergency mask rules. Columbia\'s mask ordinance is trying to find a way around the state ban by having city fire marshals and other officials who aren\'t paid with state money enforce the rule.

"We paid close attention to the final word the Supreme Court had on schools," Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said.

Other local governments are taking their own steps to slow COVID-19\'s spread. Charleston, North Charleston and Charleston County are all requiring employees to be vaccinated against the disease.

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\'God decides who lives or dies\': South Carolina school board member opposes virtual learning, says it\'s not her duty to protect kids from COVID-19

A South Carolina school board member stormed out of a board meeting on re-imposing remote learning, claiming God should decide if students will be protected from COVID-19.Barbara Crosby, an elected official who has been a Dorchester District 2 School Board member for over 13 years, could be heard voicing her objections in a video of the proceedings before leaving the meeting.The disruption occurred after the board voted to mo...

A South Carolina school board member stormed out of a board meeting on re-imposing remote learning, claiming God should decide if students will be protected from COVID-19.

Barbara Crosby, an elected official who has been a Dorchester District 2 School Board member for over 13 years, could be heard voicing her objections in a video of the proceedings before leaving the meeting.

The disruption occurred after the board voted to move all schools in the Charleston-area district to virtual learning for a seven-day period starting Tuesday as COVID-19 cases continue to spike statewide.

\'Now, I hope and pray our kids don\'t get deathly ill or we don\'t lose any children,\' Crosby told WCSC anchor Raphael James in a video interview following Wednesday night\'s school board meeting.

\'But you know what? That\'s not my -- that\'s up to God.\'

When asked by James to clarify her stance on child COVID-19 safety, Crosby doubled down on her position to allow students to return to the classroom in spite of Coronavirus concerns.

\'I said that\'s not going to be my decision. It\'s going to be -- I mean, God decides who lives or dies, right?\'

Crosby, who was supported by about a dozen parents at Wednesday\'s board meeting, wanted to add an option to the meeting\'s agenda that would allow children to have in-school studies.

\'They should have put option D which is kids go back to school like they should be doing,\' said parent Derek Clements, who backed Crosby\'s efforts to allow children back in the classroom.

\'They don\'t care, they clearly don\'t care. They don\'t want to listen.\'

Crosby had previously called for an end to COVID-related classroom restrictions during a Donald Trump rally in November.

The facts, however, appear to be stacked against Crosby and her supporters\' calls for an end to COVID-19 classroom restrictions.

WCSC reports that 20 percent of the district\'s student body were out of school due to positive COVID-19 tests or contact with an infected person.

Pictured: Coronavirus deaths in South Carolina, with 10,743 deaths in the state overall and 261 deaths in Dorchester County, where Crosby is an elected official

Coronavirus Cases in South Carolina, with a total of 746,000 cases and 5,523 new cases reported in the state since yesterday

Roughly 5,085 students were absent due to COVID-related contact or infection as of Tuesday, August 31, according to Count on 2 News.

Of those students, 526 were out with positive Coronavirus cases, with another 4,449 students out of school to quarantine after contact with a confirmed case.

Meanwhile, 264 staff members lodged absences for the same reasons, according to the news outlet, with 75 staff members in the school district currently out of the classroom with a positive case, while 38 are quarantining due to contact with a confirmed case.

Another 37 staff members were absent \'due to COVID family-related issues,\' the outlet reports.

As for the state, there have been a total of 746,000 cases of coronavirus, with 5,523 new cases alone reported since yesterday, and a total of 10,743 deaths from the virus since its onset in March 2020, according to the New York Times.

As of the 2010 census, the population for the county, which is included in the Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area, was 136,555.

The state topped the nation in COVID-19 new cases per 100,000 people, a Times report revealed on Thursday.

The school district is set to mandate the 7-day virtual learning period after Labor Day, with the hopes that the time off will \'enable many of the students and staff currently out of school due to COVID situations,\' according to Gail Hughes, a Dorchester District 2 board member.

Board chairwoman Gail Hughes told Crosby\' supporters that it would be illegal to change the agenda after it had already been approved.

\'The ones who were here were one side of it, and that\'s okay,\' Hughes said of Crosby\'s supporters.

\'It was a board workshop where we gather information to try and make a decision. It was not a board meeting where we allow comments.\'

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