covid19

Walk-ins available for COVID-19 testing, vaccines this week at Laurens County Health Department

DHEC is providing regular updates for COVID-19 vaccine clinics and testing opportunities in the Upstate Region and hours include daytime and on Tuesday, early evening hours. (see below) For the most current vaccine clinic information:  scdhec.gov/vaxlocator.  For the most current testing site information: scdhec.gov/findatest. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson &…

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Prisma Health restricts ‘broad visitation’ starting this weekend

 Prisma Health released information Friday afternoon explaining that patient visitation will be restricted effective Saturday, Jan. 9, in the wake of a growing surge of COVID-19 infections across South Carolina. The restrictions are system-wide for Prisma Health facilities, including the Prisma Health Laurens County Campus. “We know that being with families is itself a healing therapy and…

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McMaster presents restaurant, limited mask mandates to slow virus spread

In a Wednesday afternoon press conference, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster presented an executive order that makes mandatory the measures which had previously been only recommended for restaurants, venues and other gathering places. They will go into effect Monday, Aug. 3. Then starting Aug. 5, McMaster said his executive order requires face masks be worn in…

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Walmart to require masks starting Monday, July 20

Laurens County, South Carolina – Several nationally known companies have decided that beginning Monday, July 20, to require customers to wear masks, regardless of whether or not their local governments require the measure. In a press statement released Wednesday afternoon, Walmart explained that the retail stores will require shoppers to wear face coverings at its more than 5,000…

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Mask resolution passed by Laurens City Tuesday night

Laurens, South Carolina – Laurens City Council held a special called meeting Tuesday night June 30, and, after lengthy discussions, unanimously passed a resolution encouraging Laurens residents to seriously take on the habits as outlined by health professionals in wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands often to try and prevent the spread of…

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County COVID-19 cases passes 100, testing sites announced

As voters in Laurens County went to the polls for several local Primary Elections, cases of COVID-19 across the state continued to climb, surpassing 15,000 on Tuesday. DHEC has increased testing sites, including one in Laurens Thursday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at E.B. Morse Elementary in Laurens. (See below for current…

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Attractions may reopen, sports’ return imminent

A Tuesday meeting of AccelerateSC, the business advisory committee focused on reopening South Carolina’s economy during COVID-19, led to Gov. Henry McMaster to announce Wednesday that attraction facilities can be reopened prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Attractions such as museums, historic sites and zoos among others will be allowed to reopen beginning Friday.…

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