June 24, 2020
COVID-19 Update #44
Today, Governors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced that they will impose a 14-day quarantine on travelers from nine states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah, Texas. The 14-day self-quarantine order mirrors similar orders other states imposed on New Yorkers earlier in the crisis.
Effective today, the Tri-County conference calls will return to a weekly schedule on Wednesdays. The Town will continue to participate but after today our updates will be provided in our bi-weekly e-blast and on our new COVID-19 resource webpage. Information on the resource page will be updated on an ongoing basis with the latest statistics and relevant information. If there is breaking news, we will communicate prior to our scheduled communication.
This will be the final standalone update from the COVID-19 communication series.
Latest Statistics (As of June 23 at 11:59 p.m):
- Statewide – 27,842
- Charleston County – 2,416
- Kiawah Community Antibody Testing Results
- University of Washington IHME Projections
- CDC Cases Nationwide
Residents can expect the next update in the Town’s biweekly e-blast on Wednesday, July 8 or check the new webpage at any time for updated information.
Kiawah’s Emergency Ordinance
The Town is operating under a new emergency ordinance (Ordinance 2020-03), which incorporates recent recensions Governor McMaster made to his Executive Orders during the coronavirus outbreak and addressees the operation of essential businesses within the Town. Ordinance 2020-03 will expire on August 8, 2020, unless modified or rescinded earlier. The emergency ordinance can be read in its entirety here. A summary is provided below.
All directives and procedures adopted by the Town’s prior Emergency Ordinances (2020-01, 2020-02) were rescinded with the following exceptions:
- The Town adopted all Executive Orders as amended issued by Governor Henry McMaster related to the coronavirus.
- Essential businesses covered by the Governor’s Executive Order No. 2020-21; Section 1(1) must:
- Limit the number of customers not to exceed five customers per 1,000 square feet of retail space or twenty percent (20%) of the occupancy limit as determined by the fire marshal, whichever is less
- Limit customers to a single person per family or group at a time except for shoppers with small children when no other adult is present and persons that medically require assistance
- Not allow patrons to congregate within six (6) feet of one another, exclusive of family units.
- Comply with sanitation guidelines promulgated by the CDC, DHEC, or any other state or federal public health officials
Further, businesses that limit the maximum occupancy to less than approved by building or fire authorities must prominently display the revised occupancy level at all entrances. If applicable to the business, the requirement for “a single person per family or group” must be prominently displayed at all entrances.
For information on operations, click the links below.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort (KIGR)
Kiawah Island Utility (KIU)
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.
Older adults who have underlying chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 and 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