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It’s been two years since the pandemic first interrupted daily life in South Carolina, and many local schools have something to celebrate.

As COVID-19 case numbers relax across the state, Self Regional Medical Center is ending its twice-weekly reports.

With less demand for COVID-19 testing, state health officials have started to close some of their testing sites in favor of providing free, at-home rapid tests to people who need them.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control is shifting to treating COVID-19 as endemic, and recent guidance to South Carolina schools reflects that change.

Moving from pandemic to endemic, the state health department intends to close most of its COVID-19 PCR testing sites and stop reporting daily case numbers as officials shift focus in their response to the virus.

About half as many students and teachers were out of school because of COVID-19 last week as there was the week before.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the Lakelands and the country respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has led to state and national emergency declarations, it is vital for everyone to have up-to-date information about the virus and its spread. As such, we're providing free access to all of our COVID-19 coverage, which is available on this page.

Here's the latest information on COVID-19 from health agencies and hospitals: