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Humane Society of Greenwood successful in fostering pets

Officials say pets likely cannot contract the new coronavirus. However, that doesn’t mean that some are not affected by its spread.

Recently, the Humane Society of Greenwood had to close its doors to the public because a staff member came into contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. The Humane Society changed its services to by appointment only.

This appointment system took precautions to keep people socially distant while they looked at adopting or fostering pets from the Humane Society. The paperwork for these appointments can be done electronically.

With the change in services slowing the process, the call was put out to the community about the need to foster pets during this time — and the community responded.

“Thursday, we placed 16 dogs and one cat into homes,” said Beverly Benoit, executive director of the Humane Society of Greenwood.

Benoit was happy with the response from the community.

“We say thank you and bless you for all of your kindness,” she said.

On Friday, Benoit received good news from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. The agency informed her that they were not in danger of contracting coronavirus because the person who tested positive was not in contact with them for more than a week before symptoms were exhibited.

Contact staff writer James Hicks at or on Twitter @jameshicks3.



State health officials reported 266 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and four additional deaths from the respiratory virus.

Children’s summer reading through the Greenwood County Library system is launching Monday via story times, puppet shows and games, all online, along with virtual learning resources and a digital library, during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

To safely welcome employees, students and visitors back on campus during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Piedmont Technical College will be implementing a phased return-to-campus plan beginning Monday.

People in the Abbeville area will have the chance to get tested for COVID-19 for free, courtesy of an upcoming Abbeville Area Medical Center mobile testing event.

South Carolina added 331 new cases of COVID-19 — the highest single-day number of new cases to date — and reported 13 more deaths associated with the respiratory virus.

Magnolia Manor of Greenwood reported nine additional cases of COVID-19, increasing the facility’s total to 63 confirmed cases.

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