As of 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2021, there have been 399,843 cases of Covid-19 in South Carolina, according to the state Department of Environmental Health and Control (DHEC).
There have unfortunately been 6,328 deaths, with 16,689 hospitalizations and a total number of tests reaching 4,458,244. Our state recovery estimate stands at 88.9 percent.
For Sumter County, we’ve seen 7,137 cases of Covid-19, with 396 hospitalizations and 133 deaths. The total number of tests performed has been 75,724.
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.
There will be FREE TESTING from 1 to 6 p.m. from Tuesday, Jan. 19 to Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Sumter County Civic Center, 700 West Liberty Street. Testing will also be available on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at the Civic Center. Neither an appointment nor referral is needed. For more information, call 803-670-2998
There will be FREE TESTING from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sumter County DHEC Building at 105 North Magnolia Street from Monday, Jan. 18 to Friday, Jan. 22. Neither an appointment nor referral is needed, but you are urged to pre-register here: https://scdhec.gov/GetTested
There will be FREE TESTING from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday, Jan. 19 to Monday, Jan. 25 at Central Carolina Technical College, 506 North Guignard Drive, courtesy of Tour Health. No referral is needed, but an appointment is needed. You can register here: https://www.tourhealth.com/
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/