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Mon Apr 20, 2020, 10:38 AM

3. This article fits right in with your OP.........

SC health department warned lawmakers for years: Budget cuts ‘jeopardized’ its pandemic plan
Charleston Post & Courier
By Thad Moore, Stephen Hobbs and Tony Bartelme
Apr 19, 2020

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Link: https://www.postandcourier.com/health/covid19/sc-health-department-warned-lawmakers-for-years-budget-cuts-jeopardized-its-pandemic-plan/article_8e1df1fc-8008-11ea-9336-c3c5616b6d37.html

Time and again, the state’s infectious disease experts said this would happen: a pandemic would strike South Carolinians and upend our lives. Year after year, they planned for it. They did drills, wrote guidelines, stockpiled supplies.

And over and over, they saw their budgets cut and ranks thinned, even as they warned that shortfalls jeopardized the state’s preparedness and severely limited its ability to contain an outbreak. Unable to win new funding to prepare for a pandemic, South Carolina’s public health system has become one of the most depleted in the nation, hampering the state’s capacity to manage the coronavirus outbreak and recovery, a Post and Courier investigation found.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control has lost 20 percent of its infectious disease staff since the Great Recession. Federal data show that its public health workforce has been cut deeper in the last two decades than counterparts in the South, including Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

Now, as COVID-19 cases grow and the state’s economy reels, this diminished workforce faces the biggest public health crisis in a century. Experts say investigating the virus’ spread here could require thousands of workers, far more than DHEC’s diminished ranks today.

Republicans cannot govern. Republican politicians kill people.

Elections have consequences.......

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