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COVID-19 News Release #9 

The Town of James Island remains at OPCON Level 2 and in a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

South Carolina’s Public Health System has determined that COVID-19 is in the acceleration phase with community spread and is shifting to a mitigation strategy.

DHEC reports 10 testing positive for COVID-19 on James Island (29412.)

Persons infected can be contagious to others before exhibiting any symptoms. 

Please stay at home.  Avoid unnecessary trips.    Prolonged close contact with a person infected by Covid-19 is risky.   

All businesses remaining open should practice social distancing to protect both their employees and customers.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

The School District is making the following changes to the meal pick-up schedule beginning Monday, March 30th: It will no longer run Monday thru Friday, but will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm. 5 breakfasts and lunches will still be served.

All Charleston County Buildings will be closed to the public today, March 27th with the exception of the Courts which will remain open from 10 am to 2 pm until further notice. 

The City of Charleston has ordered residents to stay at home and has closed all non-essential businesses. Charleston County and the Town of James Island have not issued such an order. More information about the City of Charleston’s emergency order and what businesses are open/closed can be found here: https://www.charleston-sc.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=820

Town Hall Operations – The Town Hall lobby is closed to the public. However, the Town is continuing to operate virtually via phone, email and thru dropbox operations. Many of our forms are available on our website at http://www.jamesislandsc.us/forms-and-documents and can be emailed into appropriate staff.

Staff contact information can be found here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/Data/Sites/1/media/admin-forms/flyer_emergency-provision-of-services.pdf

The Town has closed access to its two parks; Pinckney Park and Dock Street Park.

Charleston County Parks and Recreation has also closed its park system, except the boat landings remain open.

SCDHEC provides daily reports on the state’s monitoring and testing of COVID-19. See the following link for updated info including positive confirmed cases by County: SCDHEC COVID-19  

Please see the attached link for some resources to help businesses navigate this challenging time:

Charleston Chamber Resource Page

On March 19, 2020, James Island Town Council adopted an emergency ordinance that deferred the Town’s collection of hospitality taxes for 60 days due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  Businesses are asked to continue to collect taxes from patrons, but the businesses are not required to remit those monies at this time. Once collections resume you will be able to submit payments without penalty for  the months deferred. Town Council also deferred enforcement of the plastics ban for 60 days.

Charleston County has activated a help line you can call from 9 am to 5 pm with questions concerning the pandemic. That number is 1-843-746-3900.

The City of Folly Beach has restricted access for nonresidents.  

https://www.cityoffollybeach.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid-19-Update-6.pdf

Please see important information from Dominion Energy:

DESC has suspended all service disconnections for nonpayment.

Residential customers previously disconnected due to non-payment may contact DESC for assistance reconnecting service.

DESC will waive late fees and reconnection fees.

Customers may contact DESC Customer Service at 800-251-7234, and we encourage customers to use our digital tools and other resources for routine self-service and 24-7 online account access.

Customers can download the customer service app here: www.DominionEnergySC.com/app.

SCHOOL INFO: Charleston County School District  has closed all schools through the end of April. For more information and a full list of meal sites and information on further updates on distance learning, please visit www.ccsdschools.com

Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff is answering calls Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are experiencing symptoms, MUSC is offering free drive-thru testing at the West Ashley Citadel Mall. Please complete the information on MUSC telehealth to get an appointment before going to the drive-thru. MUSC Tele-health: https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html  

The Town of James Island recommends citizens follow the guidelines from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

DHEC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) homepage: https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) homepage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

Here are recommendations from the CDC and DHEC:

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Practice social distancing of 6 ft.

Avoid contact with sick people

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Stay at home when you are sick

Cough into your elbow; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw it in the trash

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The Town remains vigilant in monitoring Coronavirus/COVID-19 and its continuing impact on our region by making every effort to educate our staff and the public.  Updates will be released and posted to the Town's website at www.jamesislandsc.us, the Town's social media platforms, and distributed to our email distribution list. Send an email to info@jamesislandsc.us to subscribe to our weekly meeting notifications and news releases.

Posted by Bill Friday, March 27, 2020 7:13:00 PM Categories: general priority

News Release #10 

HURRICANE FLORENCE

 

The Town of James Island is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and is currently operating at OPCON level 1.  

The Town participated in an Emergency Management call today with Charleston County and State emergency officials. However, the Governor has not yet lifted the mandatory evacuation order and made a decision on re-entry. Please continue to be guarded. There is still a 20% change of tropical storm force winds for our area and localized flooding.

 

Please note that bus pickup stops for James Island to take to open shelters has ceased and two shelters outside of Charleston County are open at this time including Flower Towne Elementary, 20 King Charles Circle, Summerville and Newington Elementary at 10 King Charles Circle, Summerville.

 

Sandbag operations have ceased. The Town issued 12,000 sandbags since Saturday.

 

The Charleston County Citizen Hotline is open. That number is 843-746-3900.

 

Below are some other important numbers to have during an event:

 

Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS.

Report derelict boats/watercraft to Coast Guard:  843-740-7050

Downed Trees: Call 911

Downed Power lines and Power Outages: SCE&G - 1-888-333-4465

Gas Leaks: SCE&G - 1-800-815-0083

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns Consolidated Dispatch - 743-7200

Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:

South Carolina Emergency Management Division - http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness http://www.ready.gov/

FEMA https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/

The Town of James Island will continue to monitor the forecast of Hurricane Florence and will provide updates as they become available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Ashley Friday, September 14, 2018 12:49:00 PM Categories: general james island, hurricane, florence priority

Update 5 Hurricane Florence 

NEWS RELEASE – TOWN OF JAMES ISLAND HURRICANE FLORENCE

RELEASE #5

SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

 

The Town of James Island is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and is currently operating at OPCON level 3.  

The Town participated in an Emergency Management conference call today with Charleston County and State emergency officials. The Governor is scheduled to have a press conference later this afternoon to discuss any potential evacuations. Please remember there are no voluntary evacuations anymore. All evacuation orders are mandatory and can only be issued by the Governor.

James Island is in Evacuation ZONE A.  [MAP]  After an evacuation order is given, everyone on James Island must take SC 171 (Folly Road)  to US 17 (Savannah Highway) .  Evacuees will then travel south on US 17 to I-526 to the reversed lanes of I-26.  One benefit to early evacuation (leaving before the evacuation order,) is that you may choose your own route.

The Town has currently depleted its supply of sand at Town Hall but expects to resume operations at Town Hall Monday morning as soon as sand is delivered. We will update later with more information.

The Charleston County Citizen Hotline is active today until 8 pm and will resume tomorrow at 8 am. That number is 843-746-3900.

Below are some other important numbers to have during an event:

Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS.

Report derelict boats/watercraft to Coast Guard:  843-740-7050

Downed Trees: Call 911

Downed Power lines and Power Outages: SCE&G - 1-888-333-4465

Gas Leaks: SCE&G - 1-800-815-0083

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns Consolidated Dispatch - 743-7200

Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:

South Carolina Emergency Management Division - http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness http://www.ready.gov/

FEMA https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/

The Town of James Island will continue to monitor the forecast of Hurricane Florence and will provide updates as they become available.

 

Posted by Bill Sunday, September 9, 2018 1:15:00 PM Categories: general james island, hurricane, florence priority

News Release #4 - Hurricane Florence 

The Town of James Island is closely monitoring the potential of Hurricane Florence and is currently operating at OPCON level 4.  

The Town participated in an Emergency Management call today with Charleston County and State emergency officials. While the track is still uncertain, the coast of South Carolina will be affected in some way. The State is planning for the worse case scenario and the potential of a Category 4 hurricane making landfall along the South Carolina coast. That will result in a full coastal evacuation, and an evacuation order could come as early as Monday morning. Please remember there are no voluntary evacuations anymore. All evacuation orders are mandatory and can only be issued by the Governor.

 

James Island is in Evacuation ZONE A.  [MAP]  After an evacuation order is given, everyone on James Island must take SC 171 (Folly Road)  to US 17 (Savannah Highway) .  Evacuees will then travel south on US 17 to I-526 to the reversed lanes of I-26.  One benefit to early evacuation (leaving before the evacuation order,) is that you may choose your own route.

 

The Town is currently issuing sandbags at Town Hall, located at 1122 Dills Bluff Rd. Bags and sand are limited, and residents are limited to 10 bags.

 

Below are some important numbers to have during an event:

 

Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS.

Report derelict boats/watercraft to Coast Guard:  843-740-7050

Downed Trees: Call 911

Downed Power lines and Power Outages: SCE&G - 1-888-333-4465

Gas Leaks: SCE&G - 1-800-815-0083

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns Consolidated Dispatch - 743-7200

Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:

South Carolina Emergency Management Division - http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness http://www.ready.gov/

FEMA https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/

 

The Town of James Island will continue to monitor the forecast of Hurricane Florence and will provide updates as they become available.

 

Posted by Ashley Saturday, September 8, 2018 1:12:00 PM Categories: general priority

Winter Weather Release 1 

January 2, 2018

Map of Forecast Area
 

The Town of James Island is closely monitoring current weather conditions and has moved to OPCON 4 as of 5:00 Tuesday evening.

The Town offices will be closed for regular business on Wednesday, January 3.

The 2:00 PM National Weather Service forecast called for freezing rain starting at 9 to 10 AM Wednesday morning followed by sleet and snow. Precipitation may continue for as long as 12 hours, through early Wednesday evening. The temperature will like stay very close to freezing during the day, dropping well below freezing both Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Please stay off the roads if possible. Avoid bridges, overpasses, and infrequently traveled roads, since these freeze first.

Do no use camp stoves, propane stoves or other open flame devices indoors. Carbon monoxide given off by these devices can lead to incapacity and death. If you start to feel faint, dizzy, sick, or weak get to fresh air immediately.

 

 

 

Posted by Bill Tuesday, January 2, 2018 5:29:00 PM Categories: general priority
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