Pre-Thanksgiving Covid Snapshot

South Carolina is 553 infections away from having 200,000 COVID-19 cases (SC DHEC Nov. 18 number).

1,707 new Covid deaths on Nov 17th nationwide, the deadliest day in six months -- 3,271 cases recorded in SC Schools -- 71% of hotels won’t make it.





2,233 - Laurens County -- 732 in Clinton: COVID-19 infections - 2 Schools and the Library are closed; 103 Presbyterian College student cases - 9 employee cases.

NOV 17.

SC deaths top 4,100;

8,967 deaths in Georgia;

4,814 deaths in North Carolina;

4,156 deaths in South Carolina.


1 new case Clinton High School Nov. 11; 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 for updates. 


COVID 11-17-20: SC - 197,900 infections; 4,156 deaths; Laurens County - 2,233; Clinton zip code - 732. 


21,125 - Greenville County’s infections - Nov. 17.


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: 

13 notifications, letters dated:

Nov. 11 - Clinton High;

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: 3,271 infections (Nov. 17 number).



In United States:

11,643,674 cases; 253,733 deaths; 7,059,720 recovered (Nov. 17 - 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 were infected, the White House reports.


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



55,776,138; 1,339,718 deaths; 38,849,466 recovered (Nov. 17,


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.











With Drop in Travel, 77% Expect More Layoffs at Current Levels


WASHINGTON (November 18, 2020) – With a resurgence of COVID-19 and renewed travel restrictions enacted in many states, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows that the hotel industry will continue to face devastation and significant job loss without additional relief from Congress.

Seven in ten hoteliers (71%) said they won’t make it another six months without further federal assistance given current and projected travel demand, and 77% of hotels report they will be forced to lay off more workers. Without further government assistance (i.e. second PPP loan, expansion of Main Street Lending Program), nearly half (47%) of respondents indicated they would be forced to close hotels. More than one-third of hotels will be facing bankruptcy or be forced to sell by the end of 2020.

Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA, urged Congress to move quickly during the lame duck session to pass additional relief measures.

“Every hour Congress doesn’t act hotels lose 400 jobs. As devastated industries like ours desperately wait for Congress to come together to pass another round of COVID-19 relief legislation, hotels continue to face record devastation. Without action from Congress, half of U.S. hotels could close with massive layoffs in the next six months,” said Rogers.

“With a significant drop in travel demand and seven in 10 Americans not expected to travel over the holidays, hotels will face a difficult winter. We need Congress to prioritize the industries and employees most affected by the crisis. A relief bill would be a critical lifeline for our industry to help us retain and rehire the people who power our industry, our communities and our economy.”

AHLA conducted the survey of hotel industry owners, operators, and employees from November 10-13, 2020, with more than 1,200 respondents. Key findings include the following:

More than 2/3 of hotels (71%) report that they will only be able to last six more months at current projected revenue and occupancy levels absent any further relief, with one-third (34%) saying they can only last between one to three more months

63% of hotels have less than half of their typical, pre-crisis staff working full time

82% of hotel owners say they have been unable to obtain additional debt relief, such as forbearance, from their lenders beyond the end of this year

59% of hotel owners said that they are in danger of foreclosure by their commercial real estate debt lenders due to COVID-19, a 10% increase since September

52% of respondents stated their hotel(s) will close without additional aid

98% of hoteliers would apply for and utilize a second draw Paycheck Protection Program loan

The hotel industry was the first impacted by the pandemic and will be one of the last to recover. Hotels are still struggling to keep their doors open and unable to rehire all their staff due to the historic drop in travel demand. According to STR, nationwide hotel occupancy was 44.2% for the week ending November 7, compared to 68.2% the same week last year. Occupancy in urban markets is just 34.6%, down from 79.6% one year ago.

A recent national consumer survey commissioned by AHLA shows that many Americans are not expected to travel this holiday season. Seventy-two percent (72%) of Americans said they were unlikely to travel for Thanksgiving and 69% were unlikely to travel for Christmas. Meanwhile, business and group travel are not expected to return to peak 2019 levels until 2023, compounding the challenges for the hotel industry during this public health crisis.


About AHLA


The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support and workforce development programs to move the industry forward. In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitality was the first industry impacted and it will be among the last to recover. That is why AHLA is committed to promoting safe travel while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide through the Safe Stay initiative. With an enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees, hotels across America are ready to welcome back travelers when they are ready to travel. Learn more at



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