Closings and updates

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City of Walterboro

Below is an updated list of closures and changes for the City of Walterboro:

 The drive-through at the Customer Service Center at 300 Hampton Street is now closed. Residents will still be able to make payments via the dropbox or online.

 City Hall and the Citizen Services Center are closed to the public for in-person lobby services. Water bill payments can be made online (www.walterborosc.org), by phone at 1-888-604-7888 (plc #8273), or by night dropbox located at the Citizen Services Center at 300 Hampton Street.

 For any water bill or business license questions, please call (843) 782-1065. For all building permit applications or garbage collection inquiries, call (843) 782-1002.

 Water service will not be shut off for non-payment during the State of Emergency.

 All municipal court proceedings, including jury trials, are postponed until further notice. Please call municipal court at (843) 782-1057 with any questions.

 The Walterboro Wildlife Center and the Walterboro Welcome Center are closed to the public until further notice.

 Trash pickup and yard debris collection will continue as scheduled.

 Police and fire service will continue to operate normally with no reduction in services.

These changes will be in effect until further notice.

City parks

In the progression of COVID-19, effective immediately all City Parks will be closed:

 Pinckney Park (505 Hampton Street)

 Gladys-Whidden Park (215 Lakeside Drive)

 Shaniyah Burden Memorial Park (207 McDaniel Street)

 Sankey D. Maree Park (211 Gruber Street)

 Mayfield Terrace Park (652 Dowling Avenue)

The Tennis Court (772 Ireland Hills Drive) and the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary will remain open. Although these areas will still be open, please remember to practice social distancing, maintain a 6-feet of space between visitors, and no gatherings of groups larger than three.

CDC HEALTH UPDATE

The CDC has published a health update providing information on severe illness associated with using non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate to prevent and treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This Health Update is posted on the DHEC website at https://www.scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/10454-CHU-03-28-2020-COVID- 19.pdf.

COLLETON COUNTY DEPARTMENTAL UPDATES

Colleton County Fire-Rescue is still responding to emergency requests as they normally would, but with some changes in order to protect staff. Family members are not allowed to ride in the ambulance with the patients. The only exception is a child or an incapable adult. Colleton County Fire-Rescue is also asking that individuals that are able to walk to meet the crews outside of the residence, if possible.

Colleton County citizens are encouraged to write down their medication list and medical history on a sheet of paper. This will be helpful for the doctors and nurses who will care for you at the hospital, as your family members may not be allowed in the treatment areas with you.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue’s Emergency Management Division is operating a virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with most of the Emergency Support Function partners calling in to daily conference calls. All EOC phones are forwarded to the appropriate agencies to assist the public.

Fire-Rescue Headquarters is closed to public traffic, as are other county facilities, but staff is present and can assist the public by calling (843) 539-1960.

Fire-Rescue is operating at normal levels and volunteers and career personnel stand ready to assist our community as the need arises.

COUNTY BUILDINGS CLOSED

The following county buildings will remained closed to walk-in traffic until further notice: J.P. Harrelson, Old Jail, all Library branches, Recreation Center, The Restaurant at Dogwood Hills, Voter Registration, Jefferson Howell, Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce Economic Development, Museum, Farmers Market & Commercial Kitchen, Colleton Civic Center, Animal Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Veteran’s Affairs.

For additional information regarding county office closures, please see the 3-17-2020 press release at https://www.colletoncounty.org/Data/Sites/1/media/covid-19/colleton-countycovid- 19-update-3-17-2020.pdf. This information can also be found by using the email addresses and phone numbers on the county’s website at https://colletoncounty.org/department-services. If you do not have access to the county’s website, please call 843-549-5221.

CITY OF WALTERBORO - GROCERY STORES

The City of Walterboro has coordinated with local grocery stores to establish senior shopping hours in order to more safely serve our seniors and vulnerable adults.

TOWN OF EDISTO BEACH

The Town of Edisto Beach passed ordinance 2020-11 on March 29, 2020 declaring a local state of emergency, which shall continue for a period of not more than sixty days from the date of the declaration unless continued or renewed by the Town. This ordinance outlines restrictions related to access to the Town of Edisto Beach. The ordinance can be found at www.townofedistobeach.com or at https://www.colletoncounty.org/Data/Sites/1/media/covid- 19/town-of-edisto-beach-ordinance-2020-11.pdf.

SUMMARY OF GOVERNOR’S

EXECUTIVE ORDERS

Governor Henry McMaster’s Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 Pandemic can be accessed by following the link below. https://governor.sc.gov/executive-branch/executive-orders

Colleton County library

While the Colleton County Memorial Library is closed:

 All overdue material may be returned once the library reopens to the public.

 No late fees will be charged on late materials during library closure.

 Patrons who do not have a library card, may register for a temporary library card by calling (843) 549-5621 Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A temporary library card will allow patrons to access the library’s digital collections (Hoopla, Jasmine Digital Library, Tutor.com)

REMINDERS AND HELPFUL LINKS

The chain of command and direction and control during a public health emergency is different than what is exercised during a natural or human-made disaster. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is the lead agency. DHEC officials are working closely with our federal partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) or experiencing respiratory or flu-like symptoms such as fever and/or cough, MUSC recommends you speak to an online virtual care provider. Virtual COVID-19 screenings are free. Just use the code COVID19 when you follow the link below and log in to MUSC’s Telehealth service. No appointment is necessary, and this service also covers other conditions, such as allergy/hay fever, sinus infection, pink eye, sore throat, or the common cold. You can also call 843-261-5940 for more information. https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html

For more information, please visit the links below. SCDHEC: https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirusdisease-2019-covid-19 John Hopkins Center Global Tracker: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40 299423467b48e9ecf6 CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 Colleton County Government: https://www.colletoncounty.org/Coronavirus Should you have any questions, please visit Colleton County Fire-Rescue’s Emergency Management Division webpage at www.colletonfire.com. Colleton County Fire-Rescue’s Emergency Management Division and all of our Emergency Support Function partners have been collaborating for several days now and will continue to monitor COVID-19.

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