Town of Seabrook Island Public Advisory #8 on COVID-19

03/23/2020 – 3:00 pm

Beginning today, March 23, 2020, staff from Seabrook Island Town Hall began working remotely to provide “virtual services” to residents and business owners by phone and email. For assistance during normal operating hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm), please contact us by phone at (843) 768-9121 or by email at info@townofseabrookisland.org. The town’s code enforcement officers will remain active on the island as long as it is safe for them to do so, and Beach Patrol activities are scheduled to commence on April 1st. As a reminder, all public meetings have been canceled through April 30th, with the exception of emergency meetings.

Seabrook Island Town Council has scheduled an Emergency Meeting for Tuesday, March 24th, at 2:00 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to receive legal advice from the Town Attorney regarding the town’s powers during a state of emergency. This information will be discussed in executive session, at which time the meeting will be closed to the public and the audio feed will be paused. There are no action items on the agenda and no votes will be taken during tomorrow’s meeting. 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.

As negotiations in Washington continue on the details of a proposed economic stimulus package, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning Americans about the possibility of potential financial scams. According to a recent post on its website, the FTC is reminding people that:

  • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get money from the federal government. No fees. No charges. No nothing.
  • The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
  • Reports of government checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

To minimize the risk of exposure and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that individuals take the following precautions:

  • Hand Hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, avoid of touching your face and mouth, and avoid shaking hands with others.
  • Social Distancing: Maintain at least six feet of separation between yourself and others and avoid congregating in large groups.
  • Travel: Avoid unnecessary travel, especially to areas with high concentrations of cases of infection.
  • Limit Contact with the Sick and Elderly: Cease visits to nursing homes and other extended care facilities, except in the case of end-of-life circumstances.

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, including what to do if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms, residents are strongly encouraged to visit official resources, including the SCDHEC and CDC websites.

Official updates from the Town of Seabrook Island will continue to be posted on the following channels:

Property Owners with rental guests should forward this notice to their rental guests.

-Submitted by Joe M. Cronin, Town of Seabrook Island Town Administrator

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