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U.S. Surgeon General, Gov. McMaster, DHEC, City of Columbia, and UofSC Partner to Launch Expansive, Multi-Day COVID-19 Testing Initiative in Columbia, S.C.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), City of Columbia, and the University of South Carolina (UofSC) today announced its surge testing efforts to expand access to free COVID-19 testing in Columbia, S.C. "'I’m glad to be in Columbia to represent HHS as these testing sites are stood up, increasing access to critical testing resources," said Surgeon General Dr. Jerome…

Benedict College and CVS Health Launch COVID-19 Testing in Columbia

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Benedict College and CVS Health today announced the launch of rapid COVID-19 testing on the College’s Columbia campus.  CVS Pharmacists and pharmacy employees will staff the testing operation, which will be available at no cost to patients. “I applaud Benedict College and CVS Health for partnering to increase much-needed COVID-19 testing in our community,” said Congressman Clyburn. “We must do everything we can to ensure South Carolinians have the resources they need to arrest the…

Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia City Council Unanimously Approves Emergency Ordinance Extending Mask Face Coverings and Temporary Suspension of Meetings

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Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia City Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance that extends the temporary suspension of the normal operating procedures of City Council and City Boards and Commissions meetings. This allows for the Mayor, Council Members, Board Members and Commission Members to remotely participate in voting and operational procedures by telephone or other means of electronic communication and extends the requirement that face coverings or masks be work in public in the City…