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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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Shower Shaw adjusts for pandemic; ‘Goodies’ to replace cookies The 28-year tradition of Shower Shaw with Cookies program will carry on but with a slight adjustment caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The program that provides Christmas cheer and shows the community's gratitude to Shaw Air Force Base's …
Sumter Police Department officers, Duke Energy explain common COVID-19 scams Duke Energy and the Sumter Police Department collaborated with utilities across North America to bring awareness to and educate the public on criminal scam tactics for the fifth-annual Utility Scam Awareness Day. The annual Utility Scam Awareness …
Your Voice: Teen misses mom, freshman year at Sumter High School because of COVID-19 We've been asking our Sumter Item community to share their stories surrounding COVID-19 and the pandemic's impact on you, your family and friends, work, etc. We want to tell the stories of the people in our community, putting names and people to …
‘It’s all about the love’: Emmanuel Soup Kitchen in Sumter continues on despite COVID-19 pandemic When asked what first comes to mind when she hears the word “volunteer,” Jean Williams said it’s love. In affirmation, volunteer Harriet Jackson then began reciting the New …
COVID-19 testing in Summerton on Wednesday A free COVID-19 testing site will be set up in Summerton on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site will be at the Taw Caw Community Center, 1126 Granby Lane, Summerton. Rural and underserved communities are experiencing …
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3-day ticket blitz, 130 $100 citations for going maskless in Columbia COLUMBIA (AP) - A three-day ticket blitz in South Carolina's capital city brought 130 citations for going unmasked in public places despite the coronavirus pandemic - and the fire chief says more are coming. "I don't mind tipping my hand," …
Thanksgiving could make or break U.S. virus response In Pennsylvania, if you're having friends over to socialize, you're supposed to wear a mask - and so are your friends. That's the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. "No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own …
FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug President Trump received U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month. The Food and Drug …
Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans More than 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes during the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. And the crowds are …
Daily COVID-19 deaths in U.S. reach highest level since May The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging more than 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day - the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York …
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 …