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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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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, …
Marching to a safe beat: Sumter’s high school bands follow guidelines to perform in pandemic After high school football players were given the thumbs up to play this season, three Sumter high school band directors collaborated to create a proposal that allowed their students to march on amid the pandemic as well. "Things are a lot …
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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 …
South Carolina authorities break up huge party amid pandemic COLUMBIA (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina broke up a party where at least 2,000 people were gathered without taking precautions to prevent spreading the coronavirus, fire officials said.The …
Mid-November earliest Pfizer can seek virus vaccine OK NEW YORK (AP) - Pfizer Inc. cannot request emergency authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine before the third week of November - and that's if everything goes well, the company's CEO announced Friday. Another leading U.S. contender, Moderna Inc., …
China rapidly expands use of experimental COVID-19 vaccines TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - China is rapidly increasing the number of people receiving its experimental coronavirus vaccines, with a city offering one to the general public and a biotech company providing another free to students going abroad. The city …
Feds unveil plan to get coronavirus shots to nursing homes WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Friday unveiled a plan to get yet-to-be-approved coronavirus vaccines to nursing home residents free of charge, enlisting two national pharmacy …
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 …