April 02, 2020
COVID-19 Update #17
Update from the Tri-County Conference Call:
There is no new information to report except the data below.
As of this morning:
- Pandemic Interval: Acceleration phase
- Statewide Positive Cases: 1554
- Charleston County Positive Cases: 226
- 29455 (Kiawah, Seabrook, Johns Island) Positive Cases: 10
- Estimated projections for potential new cases are available here.
- DHEC updates their testing site once a day.
To control spread of this disease, we must continue to practice the recommended guidelines. Practice social distancing remaining at least six feet away from other people. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your face. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Residents can expect the next update tomorrow by 5 p.m. If there is breaking news, we will release that information before our scheduled communication.
Kiawah Partners are taking steps to protect club members and staff. Click here to read their recent announcement.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort announced significant changes to its operations and services effective April 4.
The Town has complied virtual options to explore while everyone is practicing social distancing.
Governor’s Executive Orders Since March 19
Since the beginning of South Carolina’s official response to the COVID-19 threat, Governor McMaster has issued eleven executive orders. The Municipal Association has created guidance on these executive orders. The orders address
- a prohibition of on-premises restaurant service,
- local emergency measures,
- curbside delivery or pickup of alcohol,
- law enforcement procedures,
- self-quarantining of people from high-risk areas,
- the ability of people taking emergency calls to ask whether those involved have contracted COVID-19 or its symptoms,
- closure of public access to state waterways, and
- the closure of nonessential businesses.
Town Council has passed an amended emergency ordinance regarding short-term rentals, the advertising of rentals, and social gatherings.
Starting on April 4, 2020 through May 15, 2020, no new short-term rental check-ins are permitted. Homeowners making personal use of their property are exempt. More information on the adopted emergency procedures is available here.
Governor McMaster’s Executive Order requires self-quarantine for individuals entering South Carolina from high-risk areas with substantial community spread (states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and the City of New Orleans, Louisiana) for a period of fourteen (14) days. This is a mandatory requirement; it is not a guideline or suggestion.Violation of the order risks a fine of up to $100 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. More information on self-quarantine is available here.
- Essential prescription delivery is available on Tuesdays and Fridays for high risk or homebound individuals on Kiawah Island. All orders will be screened by Vincent’s Pharmacy to ensure they qualify. Call Vincent’s Pharmacy (843-243-0007) for more information.
- Harris Teeter is offering senior hours for individuals 60 years and older every Monday and Thursday from 6 a.m.– 8 a.m. Please try to reduce shopping trips to once a week and only send one person from your family into the store.
Dining and Grocery Delivery
Grocery Delivery Change
The Resort is offering grocery delivery service through Friday, April 3. Effective April 4, their grocery service will be curbside pick-up only.
To Go Options
Beach Patrol, Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Code Enforcement are present on the island and are regulating public congregation and enforcing all Town ordinances. Violators will be ticketed. Anyone can report a problem to the 24-hour hotline at 843-259-2137 or through the online submittal form. In an emergency, dial 911.
The Town continues to stress the importance of following guidance from local public health experts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our best defense is to follow the recommended personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines urged by DHEC and CDC.
Older adults who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions (heart or lung disease or diabetes) are at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19.
Individuals that fall into this group should contact their healthcare provider early, even if they are experiencing mild symptoms.
If you develop any of the symptoms associated with the virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, call your primary care physician first or use virtual care services.
Charleston County Citizens Information Line
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Care Line
Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency