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Sumter School District sees lowest quarantines, cases of year

Sumter School District saw its lowest totals this year in new virus cases and quarantines last week. After recording 77 new COVID-19 cases among students and staff and directing 749 students to quarantine in week 8 of school, the district had 54 … more

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 going down across Prisma Health system

As of Oct. 21, Prisma Health had 192 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. Of them, 170, or 89%, are unvaccinated. Of the 66 who are in the ICU, 60, or 91%, are unvaccinated. Of the 42 requiring … more

Santee-Lynches offers COVID-19 vaccine info at bingo sessions, socials for seniors

Having access to accurate, reliable information is critical for making informed decisions about your daily life. A local community advocacy group is working with Sumter's older population to ensure the pipeline to that access remains … more

Clarendon sees surge in business, residential permits in pandemic

Despite the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy, Clarendon County has shown major growth development with an upward trend in building permits from the past year. A new report illustrated that Clarendon County … more

Pfizer vaccine available at Sumter County Fair

The South Carolina Department of Education will host a vaccination event at the Sumter American Legion Fair this year. The Department of Education partnered with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to create a … more

Lee County COVID-19 Response Team brings COVID-19 vaccines to Lee County

The Lee County COVID-19 Response Team has created a community health initiative to help combat COVID-19. The team was organized to increase the number of vaccinations against COVID-19. Its purpose is to reach out to communities to educate them on … more

Sumter School District sees lower quarantines, virus cases in 1st week of mask mandate

In its first full week of having a mask mandate and amid the recent decline in community COVID-19 spread, Sumter School District saw decreases in new virus cases and quarantines. After recording 91 new COVID-19 cases among students and staff and … more

Where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, test in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties: Oct. 13-17

All South Carolinians aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 12-17, and it has received full authorization … more

McLeod Health offers Pfizer booster shots in Clarendon, Lee, Sumter counties

McLeod Health will be offering the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot to walk-ins only who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. According to CDC, the COVID-19 booster shots are available for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who … more

Bishopville renews mask ordinance for 60 days

BISHOPVILLE - The City of Bishopville's existing COVID-19 mask ordinance was unanimously approved to be extended for an additional 60 days during Bishopville City Council's special-called meeting Thursday. The current ordinance, set to expire on … more

Officials: Mitigation working at Sumter's Liberty STEAM Charter School

With increased mitigation efforts in place since Labor Day, Sumter's first-year public charter school has seen reductions in new positive virus cases and quarantines, and Thursday marked a noteworthy day. For Liberty STEAM Charter School, it was … more

Sumter School District virus cases, quarantines up slightly; next week's report will reflect 1st week of mask mandate

In its final week before implementing a mask mandate, Sumter School District saw slight increases in new positive virus cases and student quarantines. After recording 77 new COVID-19 cases among students and staff and directing 909 students to … more

Sumter School District releases guidance on mask mandate

Beginning Monday, Sumter School District will require students, employees and visitors to wear face masks in all public school buildings, and the superintendent released information Friday on rules and exemptions. The Board of Trustees enacted … more

It's flu vaccine time, even if you've had your COVID-19 shots

Amid all the focus on COVID-19 vaccinations, U.S. health experts have another plea: Don't skip your flu shot. Flu cases have dropped to historically low levels during the pandemic. The U.S. and Europe experienced hardly any flu last winter, and … more

Sumter school board votes 7-2 for mask mandate districtwide; requirement begins Monday for students, staff

Sumter School District will have a face mask mandate starting Monday for students and staff after the district's Board of Trustees voted 7-2 to pass an emergency measure, given COVID-19, on Thursday night. A federal ruling Tuesday paved the way … more

S.C. court upholds mask mandate ban; decision is trumped by federal ruling

COLUMBIA - Two days after a federal judge decided that South Carolina's ban on school mask requirements discriminates against medically fragile students, the state Supreme Court disagreed, in a ruling that won't change the week's events. Federal … more

Sumter School District virus cases in week 6 down slightly, but quarantines increase

After significant declines in recent weeks in new virus cases and quarantines in Sumter School District, week 6 totals were mixed with a few less positive cases but a 191-student increase in quarantines. After recording 81 new positive COVID-19 … more

Sumter school board calls special meeting for Thursday on mask mandate

After a federal judge temporarily stopped the state from enforcing a one-year state law that bans school districts from requiring masks, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will have a special … more

Sumter County Council seeks legal advice on possible mask mandate

A county-wide mask mandate continues to seem unlikely in Sumter County. The county's Public Safety Committee met Tuesday to receive advice from attorney Johnathan Bryan on a possible emergency ordinance mask mandate, and after researching the … more

Clarendon 4 reports 39 COVID-19 cases; 183 students in quarantine

Clarendon School District 4, with an enrollment of more than 1,880, continues to report students testing positive for COVID-19 with most cases currently in high-schoolers. Clarendon School District 4 officials reported 183 students and eight … more
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