• Coronavirus statistics for Sumter County -- Free testing now available every Tuesday and Thursday

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    As of 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2020, there have been 165,493 cases of Covid-19 in South Carolina, according to the state Department of Environmental Health and Control (DHEC).

    There have unfortunately been 3,696 deaths, with 10,028 hospitalizations and a total number of tests reaching 1,780,885. Our state recovery estimate stands at 92.2 percent.

    For Sumter County, we’ve seen 3,423 cases of Covid-19, with 298 hospitalizations and 85 deaths. The total number of tests performed has been 25,952.

    State and federal authorities continue to offer simple advice for staying healthy: Wear a mask in public, socially distance from others by staying at least six feet apart, wash your hands often, avoid crowds and crowded places and if you don’t feel well, stay home.

    If you don’t feel well you need to get tested.

    On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, MUSC will once again offer free testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 West Liberty Street. No appointment or referral is needed.


    On Thursday, Oct. 22, MUSC will offer FREE testing at Mary McLeod Bethune Learning Center, 35 North Main Street East, Mayesville, from  2 p.m to 7 p.m. No appointment or referral is needed.

    Every Tuesday, MUSC will offer free testing at the Sumter County Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free testing will also be held every Thursday at one of the county’s community centers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will keep you informed as to the location each Thursday.

    Other testing sites that charge a fee include Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, 215 Main St., Colonial Family Practice, 325 Broad St., Sandhills Medical Foundation, 425 North Salem Ave., and CVS Pharmacy, 41 East Calhoun St.

    For more information, visit the DHEC website: https://scdhec.gov/

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