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The Town of James Island remains at OPCON Level 2 and in a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

Please stay at home. Avoid unnecessary trips.

Prolonged close contact with a person infected by Covid-19 is risky. Persons infected can be contagious to others before exhibiting any symptoms. 

James Island (29412) has 19 cases testing positive for COVID-19.  Many more people on James Island have likely been infected and have not yet shown symptoms or are already ill and have not been tested.   The positive cases are due to exposure in the past.  To control spread of this disease, we must continue to practice social distancing now.

The current projection is for the peak demand for hospitalization in South Carolina to be April 27.   https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections   This date will change with new information. Regardless, the danger from contagion will likely be increasing for the next several weeks.

Remain at least six feet away from other people, especially for extended periods of time (30 minutes or more.)  Wash your hands often with soap and water.   Avoid touching your face.   Cough  or sneeze into your elbow.   Help protect your fellow James Islanders.

The Governor has ordered all nonessential businesses closed effective at 5 PM today, Wed. April 1, 2020.

https://scemd.org/news/gov-henry-mcmaster-orders-non-essential-businesses-closed-throughout-sc/    This order effects a number of businesses in the Town.

All businesses remaining open should practice social distancing to protect both their employees and customers.

https://www.cdc.gov/…/commu…/guidance-business-response.html

The Governor has closed all public access to beaches and boat landings including those on James Island and Folly Beach.

Town Hall Operations – The Town Hall lobby is closed to the public. However, the Town continues to provide services via phone, email and through drop box operations. Many of our forms are available on our website at http://www.jamesislandsc.us/forms-and-documents and can be emailed into appropriate staff. Staff contact information can be found here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/…/flyer_emergency-provision-of-…

The Town has closed its two parks; Pinckney Park and Dock Street Park.  Charleston County Parks and Recreation and the City of Charleston have also closed their park systems.

Charleston County School District has temporarily closed all schools thru April 30th.

Charleston County School District will be offering a drive-thru "Grab & Go" Style Meal Service consisting of breakfast and lunch for students at 15 sites within the District. The site on James Island is Harborview Elementary School.  Pick-ups are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm.

For more information and a full list of meal sites and information on further updates on distance learning, please visit www.ccsdschools.com

All Charleston County Office Buildings are closed to the public with services available by phone or email.  The courts will remain open from 10 am to 2 pm until further notice.  For more information visit: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/clickandgo.php

Please see the attached link for some resources to help businesses navigate this challenging time:

Charleston Chamber Resource Page https://www.charlestonchamber.org/coronavirus-resources/…

CDC Guidance for Business Community https://www.cdc.gov/…/commu…/guidance-business-response.html

Low Country Local First
https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/what-were-doing-to-help-o…/

On March 19, 2020, James Island Town Council adopted an emergency ordinance that deferred the Town’s collection of hospitality taxes for 60 days due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Businesses are asked to continue to collect taxes from patrons, but the businesses are not required to remit those monies at this time. Once collections resume you will be able to submit payments without penalty for the months deferred. Town Council also deferred enforcement of the plastics ban for 60 days.

Charleston County has activated a help line you can call from 9 am to 5 pm with questions concerning the pandemic. That number is 1-843-746-3900.

The Town of James Island recommends citizens follow the guidelines from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

DHEC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) homepage: https://www.scdhec.gov/…/…/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) homepage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children: https://www.cdc.gov/…/201…/specific-groups/children-faq.html

Please see important information from Dominion Energy:

DESC has suspended all service disconnections for nonpayment.
Residential customers previously disconnected due to non-payment may contact DESC for assistance reconnecting service.
DESC will waive late fees and reconnection fees.
Customers may contact DESC Customer Service at 800-251-7234, and we encourage customers to use our digital tools and other resources for routine self-service and 24-7 online account access.
Customers can download the customer service app here: www.DominionEnergySC.com/app.

Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff is answering calls Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are experiencing symptoms, MUSC is offering free drive-thru testing at the West Ashley Citadel Mall. Please complete the information on MUSC telehealth to get an appointment before going to the drive-thru. MUSC Tele-health: https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html

The Town remains vigilant in monitoring Coronavirus/COVID-19 and its continuing impact on our region by making every effort to educate our staff and the public. Updates will be released and posted to the Town's website at www.jamesislandsc.us, the Town's social media platforms, and distributed to our email distribution list. Send an email to info@jamesislandsc.us to subscribe to our weekly meeting notifications and news releases.

 

Posted by Bill Wednesday, April 1, 2020 3:58:00 PM Categories: priority

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