• Updated April 3, 2020, at 5 p.m.

    Search Our Website:

    CORONA VIRUS UPDATES

    UPDATE Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.

    Gov. Henry McMaster today suspended short-term rentals to individuals from Covid-19 hotspots, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

    Military and medical personnel, first responders and truck drivers are exempt.

    This follows an executive order requiring visitors to South Carolina from Covid-19 hotspots to self-quarantine for 14 days.

    During his press conference, Gov. McMaster also added to the list of non-essential businesses that have to close on Monday. Hardware stores, gun dealers were not included in the list, but furniture stores, florists, book stores, jewelry stores, luggage stores, department stores, craft and music stores, sporting goods and clothing stores will have to close.

    State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell said at the press conference Coronavirus has reached all 46 counties in South Carolina.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.

    Gov. Henry McMaster today ordered non-essential businesses closed in South Carolina.
    The executive order goes into effect on April 1, 2020 and includes:
    Entertainment venues and facilities - Night clubs, bowling alleys, arcades, concert venues, theaters, auditoriums and performing arts centers, tourist attractions (museums, aquariums and planetariums), racetracks, indoor children’s play areas excluding daycare facilities, adult entertainment venues, bingo halls, and venues operated by social clubs.

    Recreational and athletic facilities and activities:
    Fitness and exercise centers and commercial gyms, spas and public or commercial swimming pools, group exercise facilities, spectator sports, sports that involve interaction with another person in close proximity and within less than 6 feet of another person, activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment, activities on commercial or public playground equipment

    Close contact service providers:
    Barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body-art facilities and tattoo services, tanning salons, massage therapy establishments and massage services.

    “I have great faith in the people of South Carolina,” McMaster said at the press conference.

    This latest executive order follows a March 30, 2020, executive order that closes all public access points to the state’s beaches, as well as the closure of public boat ramps, landings and other access points to lakes, rivers and waterways.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Friday, March 27, 2020, at 2 p.m.

    Effective immediately, all parks in the City of Sumter and Sumter County are closed until further notice to support Team Sumter’s response to COVID-19. The closure is designed to keep visitors and employees as safe as possible by mitigating the spread of the Coronavirus.
    This is the third limited-access directive the City and County have made in response to public health advisories. The earlier directives, cancelling all large-group gatherings and closing playground equipment, remain in place as well.

    Please continue to follow our social media and website updates at www.sumtersc.gov and www.sumtercountysc.org.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

    Sumter County Council Tuesday evening held its first livestream meeting amid heightened concerns of fighting the spread of coronavirus in our community.

    The meeting was livestreamed over Sumter County Government’s YouTube channel.

    Sumter City-County Zoning Administrator and Interim Planning Director Helen Roodman spoke to council members about a request from council to rezone six separate parcels totaling 313.6 acres from Residential-15 (R-15) to Agricultural Conservation (AC). The land is located near the intersection of Black River Road and Edens Road.

    Through the 2040 Comprehensive Land Use Plan process, the area was targeted to be included in the Military Protection Planning Area, she said. The R-15 designation is not compatible with the 2040 Comp Plan. Over half of the property is under conservation easements, she said, and not compatible with residential development.

    The Planning Commission recommended approval of the request, she said.

    No one spoke during a public hearing and second reading passed unanimously.

    Clerk to Council Mary Blanding spoke briefly about a Proclamation declaring April as Fair Housing Month in Sumter County, S.C., and it was approved unanimously.

    Sumter County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke to council members about an Emergency Ordinance that requires only one reading, is good for 60 days, and allows for electronic County Council meetings and participation from a remote location.

    The ordinance was approved unanimously and will allow for a conference call among council members in lieu of meeting in person.

    Bryan also spoke about an ordinance that will allow electronic meetings in the future for any emergencies that could arise unexpectedly and members of council were unable to participate in meetings for any number of reasons.

    Councilman Artie Baker asked if circumstances were such that three council members showed up for a meeting and since a quorum wasn’t established, if other members were allowed to participate via conference call.

    It would count as a quorum, Bryan said, as long as there was a bona fide emergency.

    The ordinance passed unanimously.

    Bryan spoke about an ordinance to rescind a previous ordinance establishing a Special Tax District known as the “Boyles Pond Special Tax District.”

    First reading passed unanimously.

    The Fiscal, Tax and Property Committee met prior to the regular meeting, said Chairman James T. McCain Jr. Information was given to the committee from Jay Schwedler of Sumter Economic Development, McCain said, and no action was taken.

    Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney said there’s a request to Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments’ (COG) Executive Director Chris McKinney to share information that comes from COG meetings.

    Blanding reminded council members the April 14 meeting for County Council is cancelled.

    Sumter County Assistant Administrator Lorraine Dennis reminded council members all county buildings have been closed to the general public to protect employees from the coronavirus. Effective March 30, Sumter County employees will go on a staggered, modified work schedule, she said.

    McCain noted for the record that because of the coronavirus, the Public Comments portion of the meeting has been suspended.

    The meeting, which began at 6:04 p.m., adjourned at 6:26 p.m.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

    Sumter County Council’s meeting slated for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 will be livestreamed over Sumter County Government’s YouTube channel.

    This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAHjiqzPaonQ9LFS2kO37tA

    You can also log onto www.youtube.com and search for Sumter County Government.

    As we work to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), there are specific guidelines in place regarding the March 24, 2020, County Council meeting. Public comments will be eliminated and we ask that if you don’t have any connection to the agenda items, please don’t attend the meeting.

    Social distancing guidelines as per state and federal recommendations will be strictly followed. Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputies will provide security and will allow limited access to the Sumter County Courthouse.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 9 a.m.

    In order to minimize exposure to COVID-19, the City of Sumter and Sumter County have decided to close playground equipment at all parks, effective Monday, March 23. Playground equipment has not been sanitized.

    Although parks will remain open, residents are asked to exercise precaution and practice social distancing while outdoors. Please follow the below guidelines:

    • Do not use parks or trails if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms.
    • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other persons at all times.
    • Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene to visiting parks or trails.
    • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
    • Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass.

    We understand residents’ need to maintain their physical and mental health, and encourage them to do so safely, following the above guidelines.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5 p.m.

    Sumter County Council’s meeting slated for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 will be livestreamed over Sumter County Government’s YouTube channel.

    This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAHjiqzPaonQ9LFS2kO37tA

    You can also log onto www.youtube.com and search for Sumter County Government.

    As we work to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), there are specific guidelines in place regarding the March 24, 2020, County Council meeting. Public comments will be eliminated and we ask that if you don’t have any connection to the agenda items, please don’t attend the meeting.

    Social distancing guidelines as per state and federal recommendations will be strictly followed. Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputies will provide security and will allow limited access to the Sumter County Courthouse.

    Summary Court Chief Magistrate B. Keith Griffin wants the public to know a dropbox has been set up for payment of all criminal tickets issued by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina Highway Patrol and Sumter Police Department.

    The dropbox is located in the main parking lot facing Summary Court at 190 East Canal Street. Residents are strongly encouraged to pay tickets online: https://publicindex.sccourts.org/sumter/onlinepayments/  or through www.sc.gov

    Summary Court has been closed to the general public, but Judge Griffin wants to make citizens aware that acceptance of filings and payments – including bonds – and emergency hearings are still ongoing.

    The only filings Summary Court will accept in person are for restraining orders. Regarding the posting of bail bonds, Judge Griffin is requiring that all bondsmen contact the court in advance regarding releases for payment. Bond hearings shall be conducted twice daily unless otherwise noted.

    If you have questions, please call:

    SUMMARY COURT: 803-436-2280

    Please remember that all Sumter County buildings are closed to the general public. Sumter County Judicial Center and Summary Court are open only for special exceptions.

    Clerk of Court: 803-436-2227

    The Register of Deeds Office will be open on a limited basis with service by appointment only.

    Register of Deeds: 803-436-2177

    Sumter County Treasurer Carolina Richardson would like to encourage the public to please use www.sumtersctax.com.

    Auditor: 803-436-2136

    Assessor: 803-436-2115

    Treasurer: 803-436-2213

    Voter Registration and Elections Office is open to accept filings only.

    Voter Registration/Elections: 803-436-2310, 803-436-2312, or 803-436-2313

    For non-emergency calls to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office: 803-436-2775

    If you have questions, please visit www.sumtercountysc.org and find the respective department or office.

     


    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Monday, March 23, 2020 at 9:15 a.m.

    The collection of electronic waste on the first Saturday of each month has been cancelled at Sumter County Public Works until further notice.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5 p.m.

    In an effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), all Sumter County buildings will be closed to the general public effective Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice.

    County employees will still report to work. Services will be provided through online portals, over the phone or by U.S. Mail. We ask that you please first try to conduct business online, and then call the respective office if needed as we do our best to limit human contact.

    In accordance with a directive from S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty, the Sumter County Judicial Center and Summary Court will be open on a limited basis for: acceptance of filings with the Clerk of Court’s office, emergency hearings and bench warrant hearings. If you fall into those categories, please call beforehand.

    Clerk of Court: 803-436-2227

    Summary Court: 803-436-2280

    A temperature screening protocol remains in place for both the Judicial Center and Summary Court.

    The Register of Deeds Office will be open on a limited basis with service by appointment only.

    Register of Deeds: 803-436-2177

    Sumter County Treasurer Carolina Richardson would like to encourage the public to please use www.sumtersctax.com.

    A drop box has been set up at Magnolia Place, 20 North Magnolia St., so payments can be made without having to go inside the Treasurer’s Office. Magnolia Place also houses the Assessor’s Office and Auditor’s Office.

    Although signage has yet to be put in place, the drop box is operable. The drop box is located on the loading dock, which faces East Liberty Street. If you are facing the building on Magnolia Street, go to the left side of the building and you will see the loading dock.

    Auditor: 803-436-2136

    Assessor: 803-436-2115

    Treasurer: 803-436-2213

    Voter Registration and Elections Office is open to accept filings only.

    Voter Registration/Elections: 803-436-2310, 803-436-2312, or 803-436-2313

    The Landfill is open and our Recycling Centers are open. However, Waste Management is employing social distancing as per state and federal guidelines and we ask that you follow suit.

    If you have an emergency please call 911.

    For non-emergency calls to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office: 803-436-2775

    If you have questions, please visit www.sumtercountysc.org and find the respective department or office.

    You can email dmcleod@sumtercountysc.org if you have questions for the Administration.

    Administration: 803-436-2102

    OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

    Emergency Management: 803-436-2158

    Emergency Medical Services: 803-436-2415 or 436-2416

    Coroner: 803-436-2111

    Public Works: 803-436-2241

    Mill Creek Park is closed. However, Dillon Park and Patriot Park are open for now. Please follow social distancing guidelines and please don’t gather in groups larger than 10 as we work as a community to stay as healthy as we can.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 3 p.m.

    The offices of Sumter County Government remain open with normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Deep cleaning protocols are in place as we do our best to keep public spaces germ-free. We will continue to adhere to social distancing standards as per state and federal guidelines and we ask that you follow suit.

    If you are visiting the Sumter County Judicial Center or Summary Court, please be aware that a temperature screening protocol is in place. If your temperature exceeds 100.4 you will not be allowed entry.

    Sumter County Treasurer Carolina Richardson would like to encourage the public to please use www.sumtersctax.com if you have internet access.

    A drop box has been set up at Magnolia Place, 20 North Magnolia St., so payments can be made without having to go inside the Treasurer’s Office. Magnolia Place also houses the Assessor’s Office and Auditor’s Office.

    “We are a public service office and we care about the wellness of our citizens,” Richardson said.

    Although signage has yet to be put in place, the drop box is operable, she said Thursday. The drop box is located on the loading dock, which faces East Liberty Street. If you are facing the building on Magnolia Street, go to the left side of the building and you will see the loading dock.

    If you have questions, please call these numbers for respective offices:

    Auditor: 803-436-2136

    Assessor: 803-436-2115

    Treasurer: 803-436-2213

    Sumter County Summary Court Chief Magistrate B. Keith Griffin said Thursday no traffic court will be held the week of March 23-27 as per an order from S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty. Judge Griffin also noted all actions on evictions, including filings, have ceased.

    Preliminary hearings will be conducted next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Griffin said. Only the attorneys, officers and alleged victims will be allowed to attend. Any preliminary hearings requiring the use of video conferencing will be held as such.

    Judge Griffin also said Summary Court will hear civil cases next week that are not evictions, and any other miscellaneous bench trials such as courtesy summons.

    Summary Court: 803-436-2280

    Dillon Park and Patriot Park are open for now. Please follow social distancing guidelines and please don’t gather in groups larger than 10 as we work as a community to stay as healthy as we can.



    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 10 a.m.

    Waste Management is continuing to provide curbside trash collection service, drop off center service, and disposal service. However, with the health and well-being of our community in mind, Waste Management, our environmental services partner, has announced the temporary closure of their residential call centers to promote social distancing among call center employees. Waste Management is actively establishing remote operations for its call center employees to re-establish call center operations as soon as possible. Again, the suspension of call center availability has no impact to your collection service. Check wm.com/alerts for the latest updates, and also register for text and email alerts, or chat with their virtual assistant.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3 p.m.

    Sumter County Council declares State of Emergency

    Sumter County Council held an Emergency Meeting at noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to discuss an Emergency Ordinance regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on Sumter County.

    County Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr., Vice Chairman Jimmy Byrd and fellow Council members Chris Sumpter, Artie Baker, Charles Edens, Vivian Fleming-McGhaney and Eugene Baten voted unanimously to approve the ordinance, which authorizes Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon to take any necessary actions for protections of the health, safety and welfare of Sumter County citizens and visitors including, but not limited to, the following:

    -         Utilize all available resources of county government as reasonably necessary to cope with the COVID-19 emergency: and

    -         Transfer the direction, personnel or functions of county departments and agencies or units thereof for purposes of facilitating or performing emergency services as necessary or desirable; and

    -         Contract, requisition and compensate for goods and services from public and private sources; and

    -         Prescribe routes, modes of transportation and destinations in connection with evacuations or relocations, if any: and

    -         Suspend or limit nonemergency activities and prohibit public assemblies; and

    -         Any and all other actions deemed necessary by the Administrator for the preservation of the health, safety and welfare of citizens, residents, and visitors of Sumter County, South Carolina.

    Also, all deadlines for action imposed by the Code of Ordinances, Sumter County, South Carolina or any other Sumter County Ordinances, including but not limited to planning and zoning codes and ordinances, that are applicable to Sumter County Government or to Sumter County staff are suspended for the temporary period through April 30, 2020, and the time to respond to any such deadlines shall begin with the end of such temporary period.

    This Ordinance shall remain in force until emergency conditions associated with COVID-19 have subsided and the emergency activities of Sumter County are no longer necessary to protect the life and property of our citizens, or upon the sixty-first (61st) day after the effective date of this emergency declaration.

    After the meeting, Mixon said he appreciates the working relationship he has with County Council.

    “We may have some difficult days ahead but I know the citizens of Sumter County are resilient and patient and we will all have to pull together until we are through this emergency,” he said.


    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
    March 18 2020 Judicial Center sign temperature check

    The Sumter County Judicial Center and Summary Court are open for normal business hours. However, please be aware that a temperature screening protocol is in place. 
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATE Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5 p.m.

    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon and Assistant Administrator Lorraine Dennis met this morning to discuss ongoing measures related to the impact of the Coronavirus.

    Mixon said county offices and personnel will continue to follow guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

    “We are evaluating each county office and its interaction with the public to formulate the best possible method of staying open while we also maintain safe social distancing,” Mixon said.

    County offices are open from normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Sumter County Emergency Medical Services is continuing to answer calls for service. A rigorous cleaning and disinfecting regimen has been in place for all ambulances and rescue vehicles.

    At noon on Monday, March 16, 2020, the filing period opened for several public offices – nationally, state and county-wide. The filing period will close at noon on March 30, 2020. The Sumter County Office of Voter Registration and Elections will be open to accept paperwork and fees associated with this filing period.

    As per a March 16, 2020 order from S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty, all jury trials are postponed, but non-jury trials and other hearings may continue at the trial judge’s discretion. This includes only attorneys, their clients and necessary witnesses. Family Court is restricting proceedings to emergency matters, including, but not limited to DSS Emergency Protective Custody, Juvenile Detentions, Bench Warrants and Emergency Petitions for Orders of Protection from Domestic Abuse. The Sumter County Judicial Center is open to accept filings and payments, for emergency hearings and for transmission of necessary information to SLED and or NCIC as well as the County Statistics Portal. Bench warrants for failure to appear will not be issued at this time.

    On March 17, Chief Justice Beatty ordered all evictions currently ordered and scheduled statewide through March 31, 2020, will be rescheduled not earlier than May 1, 2020.

    The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is limiting direct contact between deputies and the public. Deputies will respond in person to ongoing offenses, especially those that could result in bodily injury or property damage, however, reports will be taken over the phone for some less urgent offenses.

    Investigators will continue to follow up on cases but person-to-person contact could be limited if that contact is not critical for the investigation. When reasonable and practical, a phone conversation will be made to follow up on reports.

    We also ask that citizens looking for lost dogs at Sumter County Animal Control call first and describe the dog before going to the shelter. A staff member will inform you if a dog matching that description is there.

    Continue to call 911 if there is an emergency.

    For non-emergency situations, meaning no ongoing violence and no threat of imminent violence, call (803) 436-2775.

    The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has strictly limited visits to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center to staff, attorneys and victims attending first appearance hearings. Visitation is not permitted for other members of the public. The medical staff is monitoring inmates and personnel for symptoms daily.

    Mill Creek Park is closed, as is the South Sumter Resource Center. Events at Patriot Hall and the Sumter County Gallery of Art have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

    All of Sumter County’s community centers are closed: Catchall-Shaw, Cherryvale, Delaine, Eastern, Ebenezer, Pinewood, Rembert-Rafting Creek, Salterstown, Shiloh and Spectrum.

    Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon wants to remind the public we are dealing with a rapidly evolving situation in regards to the impact of the Coronavirus on our everyday lives.

    “Everything is subject to change, as we continue to keep safety as a priority for our workforce and our citizens,” he said.




    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Tuesday, March 17, 2020 2:15 p.m.

    A list of closures for Sumter County Government has been added to the tabs on the left of this webpage and will be updated as needed.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATE Monday, March 16, 2020 5:15 p.m.

    In response to concerns about the coronavirus, and with the welfare and safety of the public in mind, the Sumter County Council meeting on March 24, 2020 will be livestreamed.
    Council Chambers on the third floor of the Sumter County Courthouse will have social spacing in place and public comments will be eliminated until the first meeting in May 2020. Public hearing will be limited to only those that have a connection to the property that is being potentially rezoned.
    Third reading for RZ-20-01 will be held on April 28, 2020.
    There will not be an April 14, 2020, meeting of Sumter County Council.
    “We are adapting as best as we can right now in a difficult environment. These measures are being put in place to protect the general public,” said Sumter County Council Chairman James T. McCain Jr. “Just this afternoon we’re being told to limit public gatherings to 10 people and we want the citizens of Sumter County to know what we’re doing is for the sake of the common good.”

    The Sumter County Library will be closed to the public beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain closed through April 5, 2020.


    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATE Monday, March 16, 2020
    The Festival On The Avenue has been postponed until further notice.
    The Sumter County Library and The Sumter County Museum have canceled public events through March. The museum and Temple Sinai Jewish History Center are closed to the public.
    Bingo and Census events are cancelled.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    UPDATE Sunday, March 15, 2020

    Gov. McMaster announced today that all schools in South Carolina will close for two weeks.

    All Sumter County Recreation & Parks programs are suspended until further notice and our community centers are closed as well. 

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    UPDATE Friday, March, 13, 2020
    Sumter County Administration, Sumter County Emergency Management, first responders and other county officials are closely monitoring updates from state and federal officials.

    President Trump on Friday declared a National Emergency. Gov. McMaster declared a State of Emergency and ordered the schools in Lancaster and Kershaw Counties to close.

    Among local officials, there has been much discussion. Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon convened a meeting on March 12, 2020, to discuss the coronavirus with county officials.

    “The health and safety of Sumter County’s workforce and its citizens are paramount as we deal with the implications of COVID-19 and its impact on day-to-day life,” Mixon said.

    Sumter County Clerk of Court Jamie Campbell said Friday that anyone with a General Sessions court appearance slated for the week of March 16-20 will have their hearing rescheduled. Family Court will be the same, except for emergency hearings only.

    Mixon stressed the need to stay informed of precautions we can all undertake to hopefully minimize the impact of coronavirus on our community. Social distancing, hand washing, covering your mouth and staying home if you feel sick are all recommended actions.

    Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital is offering free virtual visits – a quick online option for common conditions. https://www.prismahealth.org/virtual-visit/

    MUSC Health is providing free telehealth screening - https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html

    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has set up a care line: 1-888-472-3432 and staffers are answering calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

    As events are cancelled or postponed, we will keep you up to date and informed about how the coronavirus is affecting our community.

    Sumter County Government has created a coronavirus web page as a source of information as we all work together to get through this.

    Sumter School District: As a safety precaution and proactive measure to reduce the risk of exposure, Sumter School District has made the difficult decision to suspend all in-state and out-of-state travel for employees and students until further notice. We are currently waiting on guidance from the South Carolina High School League to make a determination regarding athletics; however, effective immediately all other after-school events will be cancelled or rescheduled including concerts, family nights, PTA meetings, etc.

    Shaw Air Force Base: ALS Graduation, scheduled for Thursday, March 19, has been cancelled.

     

    Important sources of information:
    Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/

    South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control: https://www.scdhec.gov/

    South Carolina Emergency Management Division: https://www.scemd.org/

    Shaw Air Force Base: https://www.shaw.af.mil/Public-Affairs/COVID-19/

     

    SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO STAY SAFE:

    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.

    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.

    Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

    An alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water aren’t available.