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Dang it all! I wanted to be foreman

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August marks year 21 living in Greenwood and working at the I-J, and in all that time not once did I receive a summons for jury duty. Until a few weeks ago, that is.

The official mailing included detailed instructions and the threat of being drawn and quartered, body parts scattered in the county's four corners, or something like that if I did not report for duty. It arrived just as COVID-19 was making its grand entrance into the Palmetto State.

Believing it to be my civic duty, however, I held onto the papers and put a reminder in my phone to call the courthouse after 6 p.m. Friday to get my instructions for reporting today (April 20). Yes, even though I knew lawyers, judges, clerks and jurors alike were issued a reprieve.

Hey, for all I know Chastity Copeland has some sophisticated equipment down there and would be able to ascertain whether people do actually place that phone call. Imagine the embarrassment if Sheriff Dennis Kelly had to send a deputy out to my home to haul me in for failure to report for jury duty, even though court is not in session. Of course, it would have made for a good Arlo Guthrie song.

At any rate, the friendly voice recording on the other end let me know that I was off the hook. No jury duty this week. Or next.

So much for my dream of serving as jury foreman.

Whiting is executive editor of the Index-Journal. Contact him at rwhiting@indexjournal.com, or follow him on Twitter @IJEDITOR. 

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From telecommuting to the new public home school model, a growing number of us are homebound for the foreseeable future as we take unprecedented steps to slow and hopefully stop the spread of the new coronavirus that is sweeping the world. This blog is our attempt to catalog some of the daily changes we are experiencing together. If you want to share your story with us, email us at newsroom@indexjournal.com.

COVID-19

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

On Sunday, the Palmetto State recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly two months as the nation is seeing its highest number of daily new cases.

State health officials reported 628 new confirmed cases and 57 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as well as 14 additional confirmed deaths and two new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 784 new confirmed cases and 83 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as well as 18 additional confirmed deaths and 5 new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 921 new confirmed cases and 79 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, as well as 40 additional confirmed deaths and 10 new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 686 new confirmed cases and 86 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, along with 11 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.

State health officials reported 666 new confirmed cases and 66 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, along with 25 additional confirmed deaths and 10 new probable deaths.