As of 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2021, there have been 888,189 cases of Covid-19 in South Carolina, according to the state department of Environmental Health and Control (DHEC).
There have unfortunately been 13,321 deaths and a total number of tests reaching 11,484,204 and 30,201 hospitalizations.
For Sumter County, we’ve seen 15,950 cases of Covid-19, with 581 hospitalizations and 290 deaths. The total number of tests performed has been 215,959.
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 at Sumter County Health Department (DHEC) at 105 North Magnolia Street, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, Neither an appointment nor a referral is needed, but you can pre-register at https://covidtest.dhec.sc.gov/en-US/
There will be FREE TESTING at USC Sumter, 200 Miller Drive, courtesy of Tour Health from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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: Colonial Family Practice, 325 Broad St., Sandhills Medical Foundation, 425 North Salem Ave., CVS Pharmacy, 41 East Calhoun St. and The Integrated Wellness Center, 738 W. Liberty St.
For more information, visit the DHEC website: https://scdhec.gov/