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Charleston’s Roper Hospital has been found to not comply with federal standards for infection control and sterilization of surgical instruments and how the hospital monitors compliance with both, according to media reports. The sterilization offenses aren’t the worst of its kind and shouldn’t discredit the facility, Roper St. Francis Healthcare CEO Jeffrey P. DiLisi said, and measures are being taken to fix the issues.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued fines of $58,000 each to the Medical University of South Carolina and Ashley River Tower for the improper disposal of medical waste. Also fined: Trident Medical Center in North Charleston ($55,000) and the Naval Health Clinic of Charleston in Goose Creek  ($14,000). 

In other headlines: 

Joseph Floyd Manor to be demolished and replaced. The Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority announced plans to demolish and replace the Joseph Floyd Manor affordable housing facility in Charleston. A new building will begin construction behind the current one and is expected to be a massive improvement for residents. The old building will not be demolished until residents move into the newly constructed facility.

Charleston brewery launches beer for hurricane season. Charleston’s Tradesman Brewing partnered with Dorchester County Emergency Management Department to create an educational beer for the current hurricane season. The beer features a QR code that takes people directly to to help them prepare for hurricanes.

CCSD superintendent wants to help close learning gap. Newly appointed Charleston County School District Superintendent Don Kennedy announced in a press conference June 29 that he plans to help close the learning gap and increase reading comprehension. He pledged to ensure all students read on grade level by the time they reach the fifth grade by 2027.

Clyburn responds to Cunningham’s call for age limits for public office. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn called out Democratic candidate for governor Joe Cunningham’s ad calling for an age limit on those in public office. The 81-year-old congressman did not agree with Cunningham.

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