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Where are masks required in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties? Sumter County Council members are asking residents to wear masks in public, but they are not requiring people to do so. A resolution "urging" residents to wear face coverings when in public in the county was passed during a public meeting …
Here's a list of resources, accounts for parents with at-home, virtual learning children during COVID-19 This page is dedicated to providing parents with resources, ideas and inspiration for keeping kids engaged, entertained and learning while school is out due to the coronavirus. Most of this is aimed …
How to make a cloth face covering at home with or without sewing Here is some information and tutorials from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to wear a cloth face covering, how to make one and why. The CDC is now recommending everyone …
A Q&A about filing for unemployment in South Carolina during COVID-19 With the number of people applying for unemployment rising daily, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce offers the following questions and answers:   Q. If someone can’t …
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Get your scare on this Halloween in the Sumter area Sumter experienced a host of event cancellations this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many children and families are wondering whether the spooky holiday will be skipped, as well. After learning that the Sumter Police Department will not …
Public still can't participate in meetings with Sumter School District board On April 6 at its first meeting during the pandemic, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted to temporarily suspend public participation from its monthly board meetings. Six months later - still in the midst of COVID-19, with virtual …
'An orientation with a COVID twist' for Sumter High School Class of 2024 With the Class of 2024 not getting the traditional Sumter High School welcome, the student council from the Class of 2023 teamed up with the student leaders of 2024 to create a new, safe and in-person orientation amid the coronavirus …
Free COVID-19 testing site will be offered Saturday in Clarendon County This article is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our continued coverage, …
Lifeboat jobs: You can build a career now in construction industry This article is free to the public. It’s the right thing to do as a public service to our community. If you find this article helpful or informative and want to support our continued coverage, …
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Some hospitals in crisis with virus across United States BOISE, Idaho - The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease's grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain West reel under the …
FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: antiviral remdesivir U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given to hospitalized patients through an IV.The drug, which California-based Gilead Sciences …
Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Hospitals across the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New …
Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids The global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning - a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they may not know if any shots work for young children in time for the next school year. Older adults may be most …
UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial LONDON - U.K. researchers are preparing to infect healthy young volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19, becoming the first to announce plans to use the controversial technique to study the disease and potentially speed up development of a …
Sumter's Virtual COVID-19 Response.

Sumter's COVID-19 Response - Featured Guest: Dr. Clay Lowder, Colonial Healthcare

We went live with Dr. Lowder via Zoom earlier today and got all the latest on what he and his team at Colonial Healthcare are doing to curb the spread of this virus. Be sure to check back with us …

Sumter's COVID-19 Response - Featured Guest: Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox, Sumter School District Superintendent

We went live with the superintendent via Zoom earlier today and got all the latest on what she and her team at the Sumter School District are doing to keep things moving smoothly for the …

Sumter's COVID-19 Response - Featured Guest: Mayor Joe McElveen, City of Sumter

We talked to the mayor live on Zoom earlier today, with the public also viewing and submitting questions, about the city’s response to this pandemic. He gave some insightful and honest thoughts …