Our View: Response

The editor, School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding... We live in a new Coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer good advice for preventing community spread and personal infection: apply social distancing, sanitize surfaces, wash your hands, don't touch your face. But, there's more... Does anyone wonder why uncounted numbers of infected people develop no symptoms and only 20 percent of symptomatic people require hospitalization? It's because they have an effective immune system able to fight off the virus. But the CDC does not talk about that, perhaps for fear of offending powerful animal food industries. Fortunately, good advice on boosting our immune system is readily available on the internet from trusted sources like WebMD and Healthline. And the advice is always the same: -- Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and leafy greens -- Refrain from dairy, other fatty animal products, and sugar-laden foods -- Maintain daily exercise of 30-60 minutes -- Minimize your stress level and get adequate sleep Did I mention that this advice works great for all other nasty bugs as well? Sincerely, Chuck Cicero Laurens

The Virus - Our Response & The Latest Numbers.


456 Cases & 9 Deaths in South Carolina; the March 25 numbers from SC DHEC:



  • Kershaw County: 64
  • Charleston County: 60
  • Richland County: 60
  • Greenville County: 51
  • Beaufort County : 29
  • Anderson County: 21
  • Horry County: 21
  • Lexington County: 20
  • York County: 19
  • Orangeburg County: 11
  • Sumter County: 10
  • Spartanburg County: 9
  • Berkeley County: 8
  • Darlington County: 8
  • Lancaster County: 7
  • Pickens County: 6
  • Clarendon County: 5
  • Florence County: 5
  • Abbeville County: 4
  • Aiken County: 4
  • Dorchester County: 4
  • Fairfield County: 4
  • Chesterfield County: 3
  • Georgetown County: 3
  • Jasper County: 3
  • Greenwood County: 2
  • Lee County: 2
  • Oconee County: 2
  • Calhoun County: 1
  • Chester County: 1
  • Colleton County: 1
  • Dillon County: 1
  • Edgefield County: 1
  • Marion County: 1
  • Marlboro County: 1
  • Newberry County: 1
  • Saluda County: 1
  • Union County: 1
  • Williamsburg County: 1


KUDOS To Dollar General for announcing that the first hour of every business day will be given to the elderly to accomplish their shopping.

Also, Bi-Lo (Southeastern Grocers Inc.) will set up special, early-morning hours for seniors to shop, and will hire displaced workers from the hospitality and restaurant industries - they will be designated “hometown heroes” in their neighborhood groceries.


Kudos To Main St. Clinton, these are their initiatives: 

Clinton restaurants are currently open and doing business either by drive-thru, take-out, or curbside pick-up.

Main Street is distributing temporary signs now and semi-permanent yard signs will be distributed next week.

In addition, we have set up a public Facebook group called Clinton SC Support Local for restaurants to post menus, specials, special hours, services, etc., and for the public to know who/what, etc.

Thank you,

Adele Alducin, Main Street Clinton Director


It’s a REAL Shame - Food Hoarding:


Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers wants people to know that there is plenty of food to weather the crisis.

“As we monitor the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve reached out to farmers, grocery stores and other industry partners, and we have no concerns about their ability to continue supplying food to us all,” Weathers said.

“The American food supply chain is stable and robust,” Weathers said.

“In times of emergency, we must remember that we are part of a strong community,” Weathers said. “We’ve seen the resilience and generosity of South Carolinians during hurricanes, floods and tragedies, and we’ll see it as we fight the spread of the coronavirus.”

Some groceries have implemented “no take-back” policies on toilet paper and paper towels. These will frustrating the hoarding-scammers.



It’s a Shame


That Big Boys in Clinton has to close; it’s not set up for take-out (they posted a take-out menu today - March 26). The City is going to miss that very large electricity payment. It might be a blip or it might show up, later, on the bottom line. 


It’s a Shame


That the Library has to close. Some children might need those computers for their in-home lessons. We take it so much for granted that “everybody” has the internet; however, in a community of poverty some people just can’t afford the extra expense (Chromebooks have pre-done lessons already installed).

That Playgrounds have to close. Now is a great time for everyone to work on their fitness. You know what’s not closed? Walking.


Kudos, A Resource: 

Good Morning All,

Many small businesses rely on our support daily. During these unprecedented times, they need us more than ever! We can literally save the businesses we love.

How can you help? 

How can you participate? 



as a resource outlet. 

If you are a local business, feel free to post to this page. 

If you are a local, be sure to support in every way you can!

Stay healthy & safe!

Amanda Munyan, President & CEO

Laurens County Chamber of Commerce.


It’s a Shame


That the “no more than 50” gathering-restriction applies to local government. Too many councils will use these extraordinary times to conduct government-in-the-dark.

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