May 20, 2020
COVID-19 Update #40
Updates from the Tri-County Conference Call:
There is no new information to report except the updated statistics below.
Latest Statistics (As of May 19 | 11:59 p.m.):
Expect a lag time on data below updated to DHEC’s testing site.
- Statewide – 9175
- Charleston County – 515
Residents can expect the next update Wednesday, May 27 by 5 p.m. Breaking news will be released before our scheduled communication.
Kiawah’s Emergency Ordinance & Resolution on Short-Term Rental Operations
The Town is currently operating under amended Emergency Ordinance 2020-02. The short-term rental moratorium expired at the end of the day on May 15. However, Town Council passed Resolution 2020-02 which established guidelines for reopening and operation of short-term rentals. The resolution includes protocols guided by the CDC, SCDHEC, and MUSC to promote the safe operation. All short-term rental properties are encouraged to follow the protocols established in the resolution to prevent exposure of their renters and workers to the COVID-19 virus. Learn more
Provisions in Emergency Ordinance 2020-02 remain in effect until July 4 unless otherwise noted, subject to termination, amendment, or extension by Council.
Freshfields Village Operations
Harris Teeter has resumed regular hours of operation (daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.) and has made these changes to the store in response to COVID-19. Senior hours will continue on Monday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Patrons are asked to comply, however company policy is that they do not turn anyone away.
Most island entities have begun phased reopening. For the most up to date information on operations, click the links below.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort (KIGR)
Kiawah Island Utility (KIU)
News from Columbia | Governor’s Office
A summary of Governor McMaster’s recent Emergency Orders can be found here.
All qualified voters in South Carolina will be allowed to cast an absentee ballot in the June 9 Primary Election and any subsequent runoffs. Learn more. Voters that plan on going to the polls, should review these protocols to know what to expect.
Request a mail in absentee ballot by:
Web: https://vote.charlestoncounty.org (Live Chat feature)
Charleston County has begun conducting in-person absentee voting for the June primary at 4367 Headquarters Rd., North Charleston Monday – Friday (May 11- June 8) 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To control spread of this disease, we must continue to practice the recommended guidelines issued by DHEC and the CDC.
- Maintain 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.
- Use cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The use of face coverings is a voluntary public health measure. Click here to learn how you can create one from common materials found in your home.
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.
Current data shows 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, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell) 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.
Violation 24-hr Hotline (Code Enforcement)
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
Smart911 Safety Profile