Protective Measures Against Mosquitoes
You can reduce your risks of contracting West Nile by protecting yourself from mosquitoes.
• Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting.
• Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure. Wear long-sleeves and long pants if you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time.
• Exposure to mosquitoes is most common at night and during the early morning. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas.
• Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.
West Nile virus detected in Richland County bird
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Richland County, and City of Columbia officials announced today that a bird in Richland County has tested positive for West Nile virus.
"Identifying birds carrying West Nile virus in our state is not uncommon," said Chris Evans, Ph.D. and DHEC's staff entomologist. "Birds pass the virus on to mosquitos, which can then infect humans. Positive identifications serve as an important reminder to preventing mosquito bites. It's the most important step you can take to prevent the spread of illness from mosquitoes to people."
Councilwoman Devine to host Envision Columbia Women’s Summit
Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine will host the Envision Columbia Women’s Summit. "The purpose of the summit is to ensure that women in our community are aware of City Council's vision statement and strategic plan," said Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine.
As the only female member of City Council, Devine’s focus for the summit is to connect with women in the community to hear their views about the future of our city. The summit is open to elected officials, business leaders, community advocates and women who are concerned about the future for their children and families.
WHAT: Envision Columbia Women’s Summit, WHO: Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, city staff and Columbia’s leading ladies,
WHEN: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 12 noon, WHERE: 1101 Lincoln St.
Columbia becomes First South Carolina City to Commit to 100 percent Clean Energy
The Columbia City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution establishing a community-wide goal of transitioning to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2036.
“It’s up to us as leaders to creatively implement clean energy solutions for our cities across the nation,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “It’s not merely an option now; it’s imperative. Cities, citizens and businesses can create new green economy jobs and can lead the transition away from fossil fuels to 100 percent clean and renewable energy. Columbia is taking action.”
Columbia represents the first city or town in South Carolina to commit to 100 percent renewable energy and the 36th city in the United States to make such a commitment.
City Community Development Receives John A. Sasso Award
On Monday, June 19, 2017, the National Community Development Association (NCDA) recognized the City of Columbia Community Development Department as one of the winners of the 2017 John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award during a special luncheon at the 48th NCDA Annual Conference in Miami, FL.
The award was created as a means of recognizing community efforts to promote and celebrate the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program during National Community Development Week which was celebrated this year on April 19 – April 22, 2017. s.