55 Million Infections Worldwide

2,227 - Laurens County -- 731 in Clinton: COVID-19 infections - 2 Schools and the Library are closed; 102 Presbyterian College student cases - 9 employee cases.



SC deaths top 4,100.


2 new cases Clinton High School Nov. 10; 1 new case Clinton Middle School Nov. 10. BOTH Schools are closed.


Clinton Library Is Closed - COVID-19:

Due to a COVID-19 case, the Clinton Branch of the Laurens County Library will be closed to the public until further notice.  

Curbside pickup will continue at the Clinton Branch on a limited basis, but the public will not be able to enter the building for computer use or any other reason. Call 864-833-1853 between 1 and 6 p.m. to arrange curbside pickup of books and other materials. 

The Laurens Library remains open; however, temporary disruptions or closings may occur due to re-carpeting of the headquarters building.  Everyone is asked to call 864-681-7323 for curbside pickup or computer use at Laurens.   Check www.lcpl.org for updates. 


COVID 11-9-20: SC - 195,507 infections; 4,112 deaths; Laurens County - 2,211; Clinton zip code - 724. 


20,759 - Greenville County’s infections - Nov. 15.


65 FATALITIES (11-11 -- elderly).

COVID-19 deaths in Laurens County.



Oct. 3: Commencement;

Oct. 5, 1 student case;

Oct. 6, 9;

Oct. 7, 17;

Oct. 8, 20;

Oct. 9, 27;

Oct. 10, 44;

Oct. 11, 49;

Oct. 12, 56;

Oct. 13, 57; 

Oct. 14, 60;

Oct. 15, 55; 

Oct. 16, 49;

Oct. 17, 35;

Oct. 18, 30; 

Oct. 19, 28;

Oct. 20, 16; 

Oct. 21, 6.


9 Employee cases.



Cumulative Student Cases:

21 -- Sept. 15, 2020.

100 -- Nov. 9, 2020.


District 56: 

12 notifications, letters dated:

Nov. 10 - Clinton High, 2; and Clinton Middle

Nov. 8 - Clinton High

Nov. 2 - Clinton Middle

Oct. 6 - Clinton Middle

Oct. 13 - Clinton Elementary

Oct. 6 - Clinton Elementary

Sept. 29 - Clinton High

Sept. 29 - Clinton Middle

Sept. 21 - Clinton High

Sept. 20 - MS Bailey.


SC Schools: 3,004 infections (Nov. 15 number).


In United States:

11,405,413 cases; 252,026 deaths; 6,956,262 recovered (Nov. 16 - worldometers.info). U.S. President Donald J. Trump receives treatment at The White House. President Trump’s Chief of Staff and Vice-President Mike Pence Chief of Staff are infected, the White House reports.



TEXAS 1st and CALIFORNIA 2nd are the states with more than 1 Million infections.



55,079,109; 1,328,262 deaths; 38,317,724 recovered (Nov. 16, worldometers.info).


Number 1 in cases: United States.

Number 2 in cases: India

Number 3 in cases: Brazil

Number 4 in cases: Russia

Number 5 in cases: Argentina

Number 6 in cases: Spain

Number 7 in cases: Colombia

Number 8 in cases: France

Number 9 in cases: Peru

Number 10 in cases: Mexico.




District 56 closes Clinton Middle and High Schools


Laurens County School District 56 made the following announcement on Saturday:  

“Face-to-face Clinton Middle and Clinton High Schools will begin e-learning on Monday, November 16, and continue through the Thanksgiving Break. Face-to-face instruction will resume on Monday, November 30.

“Face-to-face instruction at MS Bailey, Clinton Elementary, Eastside Elementary, and Joanna-Woodson Elementary will continue with no changes.

“What this basically means is face-to-face students at the middle and high school are on e-learning; whereas, students at the 4K and elementary schools are keeping on keeping on like normal. Why? Simply because the number of quarantine cases, not actual confirmed Covid cases, are very high. A smaller number of actual cases have had a very large ripple effect at both schools, especially in certain classes and after school activities. Now virtual middle and high school students, this will NOT affect you. You will keep on keeping on like normal.

“Face-to-face middle and high school students, you will follow the e-learning plan as you would during the three previous e-learning days. Face-to-face students, you will not be virtual, you will be e-learning.

“The middle and high schools and district office will continue to be open during this time and teachers will maintain regular e-learning hours 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. each school day from now until the Thanksgiving Break. If you need to reach your teacher, please know you can email them during these times. Lessons will be posted in the Google Classroom. If you have specific questions, please feel free to go to the district's The Facebook page.

“Please, parents, if your student has been identified and quarantined, please, please, please do not let them go out to high impact areas, like to YMCA, Sonic, you know, you get the picture. It is our hope the number of these quarantine cases, and especially actual positive cases, will decrease during this time.

“We can and will make this happen but it will take all of us working together to get a handle on this uptick in cases and quarantines. Be safe, be careful, and stay healthy.”



A community partnership with veteran’s non-profit the Freedom and Hope Foundation also continued during this difficult year

NEWBERRY Last Saturday, Samsung Electronics Home Appliance America (SEHA) continued its tradition of local veteran support by hosting its 4th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon.

In previous years, Veterans and their families could join SEHA for a fun-filled day of food, musical performances, and prizes. While the risks from COVID-19 would not allow that this year, Samsung was still determined to serve veterans and military families. With drive-through service held at the local Veteran’s Affair Office, SEHA was able to carry out the luncheon safely by providing over 550 meals for families of up to four in each veteran’s car that attended the event.

“The appreciation we have for the local Veteran community cannot be overstated,” said Annmarie Higgins, head of Human Resources at Samsung Electronics Home Appliance America. “We continuously look for ways to show our gratitude to the Veteran community, and once we determined there was a safe way to continue this incredible tradition, we were thrilled to be able to continue our efforts.”

SEHA is proud to work closely with the American Legion to support and improve the lives of veterans in South Carolina. Veterans are not only a valued member of the community but treasured employees at Samsung. Since the nationwide spread of COVID-19, the SEHA facility took its role to keep their employees safe very seriously. Numerous policies and procedures are in place at the Newberry facility to support the more than 1,000 employees at the facility employed and safe from unhealthy conditions. The facility released the following blog and corresponding video in September about their efforts.

In addition to this year’s drive through event, SEHA continued their partnership with the Freedom and Hope Foundation by supplying 150 COVID kits for their veterans including masks, hand sanitizer and book bags. They also donated $5,000 to help continue their efforts of supporting local veterans.

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