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Outpatient infusion treatment for COVID-19 available at McLeod Health Clarendon with doctor's referral

FROM STAFF REPORTSMcLeod Health has expanded access to the monoclonal antibody therapy Bamlanivimab as an outpatient infusion treatment for patients at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 … more

Sumter City Council extends mask mandate another 60 days

Once again, Sumter City Council extended an emergency ordinance on Tuesday that required face coverings be worn in retail and food service establishments. The council voted 5-1, with Councilman Colin Davis voting in opposition and Councilman Thomas … more

Sumter's Trinity Missionary Baptist Church is ready for next USDA food distribution

As a new year begins, Trinity Missionary Baptist Church is ready to begin serving the community again as the U.S. Department of Agriculture begins its fifth round of food purchases for those in need during the pandemic. Trinity, located on Wall … more

Vaccine supply from federal government remains limited

As older South Carolinians continue trying to schedule appointments to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, the state's public health department is awaiting more supply from the federal government. In a media briefing Monday, S.C. Department of Health … more

Sumter School District delays in-person return to Feb. 1 amid COVID-19 surge

Sumter School District will not return to hybrid/blended instruction Thursday as originally planned and is pushing back that date about 10 days to Feb. 1, due to COVID-19 incidence rates in the … more

S.C. health department says COVID-19 surge too high to do complete contact tracing

As more South Carolinians are testing positive for COVID-19 than in any other month of the pandemic, hospitals are nearing capacity, emergency departments are overwhelmed, and ventilator use is up.In … more

COVID-19 vaccine soon open to all in SC aged 70 and over

More South Carolinians will soon be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Any resident who is 70 years or older, regardless of health status, can schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine … more

Hospital patients over 65 can now get COVID-19 vaccine, SC public health department says

South Carolina’s public health agency updated its vaccine protocol guidance on Friday, saying hospitals should begin to vaccinate admitted patients who are 65 years and older and do not have … more

Shaw Air Force Base starts phased vaccinations

Airmen stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter are now among those to receive their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations. Personnel from the 20th Medical Group, part of Shaw's 20th Fighter Wing, administered the base's initial doses on Jan. … more

Morris College will open Sumter campus for spring term

With the majority of its current and prospective students preferring a face-to-face classroom learning option, Morris College will offer in-person instruction and single-room-occupancy dormitories with the start of the spring semester. Andrew … more

How to navigate restaurants during COVID-19: A guide to Palmetto Priority in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties

All our coronavirus coverage 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 … more

Covenant Place of Sumter receives its 1st COVID-19 vaccines for staff, residents

After almost a year of isolation and worry, some of the state’s most vulnerable adults and workers took their first step Tuesday to move beyond COVID-19. The first allocations of COVID-19 … more

Virus changes Sumter churches' Christmas plans

The Christmas spirit was on full display last week at Bethesda Church of God. It may not have been the most pleasing sight to the eyes, but it definitely celebrated Christmas. Bethesda had Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, for which Pastor Al Sims … more

Prisma Health Tuomey's 1st frontline staff get COVID-19 vaccines in Sumter

She has spent the last nine months checking vitals and helping people sick in the hospital with COVID-19 bathe, her patients' only visitors wearing hospital badges clasped to their scrubs. On … more

Sumter Salvation Army sees increase in donors, children in need with holiday assistance program

Sumter Salvation Army has worked tirelessly this past month with its annual Christmas Assistance Program, and volunteers saw an increased number of donors and children in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local families, individuals and … more

While some in Black, Latinx communities are skeptical, local leaders encourage virus vaccination

Tiffany Monroe said she and her children don't trust getting the COVID-19 vaccine anytime soon. "It seems like it's an experiment, and I don't want anybody to experiment on me," said Monroe, a Black woman who lives in Summerton. "I probably won't … more

Used to being apart during holidays, Shaw Air Force Base airmen keep holiday spirit

Vicky Charbonneau is used to being separated from her family for long periods of time. Being in the Air Force for 12 years, Lt. Col. Charbonneau has been deployed numerous times throughout her military career to the point where she and other … more

Howard Chapel in New Zion hosts free COVID-19 clinic Wednesday, Dec. 23

NEW ZION - Howard Chapel AME Church, 6338 Old Manning Road, New Zion, is hosting a free COVID-19 Screening Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. There is no cost to patients. No preregistration or appointment is … more

South Carolina continues to outpace U.S. in jobs recovery from coronavirus

It was another strong jobs report for the month of November in South Carolina, and the state's recovery from the initial spread of COVID-19 in the spring has been significantly better than the U.S. overall. Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond … more

Howard Chapel in New Zion hosts free COVID-19 clinic

NEW ZION - Howard Chapel AME Church, 6338 Old Manning Road, New Zion, is hosting a free COVID-19 Screening Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23. There is no cost to patients. No preregistration or appointment is necessary. If … more
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