March 16, 2020 — 8:00 pm
On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Governor Henry McMaster ordered the closure of all public schools in the State of South Carolina for students and non-essential employees beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, and extending through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. This order applies to all public K-12 schools, as well as state-supported colleges, universities and technical schools. Seabrook Island families that have students enrolled in private schools should contact those schools directly for further information about their operational status.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, President Donald Trump announced new guidelines to combat the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). According to these new recommendations, people should:
- Avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people;
- Avoid discretionary travel; and
- Avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and public food courts.
At this time, the Town has not declared a State of Emergency; however, Seabrook Island remains subject to both the National Emergency and statewide State of Emergency declarations which were issued by President Trump and Governor McMaster, respectively, on Friday, March 13, 2020.
The Seabrook Island Town Council has scheduled an Emergency Meeting for 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Consistent with recent recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to “social distancing,” the Town of Seabrook Island is requesting that members of the public who wish to observe this meeting dial in by telephone:
- Phone Number: (712) 770-5505
- Access Code: 659-714
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that gatherings of 50 or more people be cancelled or postponed. The CDC also recommends that individuals practice “hand hygiene” (frequent hand-washing, avoidance of touching one’s face and cessation of “hand-shake” greetings), “social distancing” (maintenance of spatial separation from others—6 feet separation), avoidance of travel to areas of high concentrations of cases of infection, cessation of visits to nursing homes and other extended care facilities, except in the case of end-of-life circumstances of the person being visited.
For general questions about COVID-19, please contact the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Care Line at (855) 472-3432. Staff will be available to answer calls from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm seven days a week.
For the most reliable information about COVID-19, residents are strongly encouraged to visit official resources, including the SCDHEC and CDC websites.
-Submitted by Joe Cronin, Town Administrator