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COVID-19 News Release #12 

April 3, 2020

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


STAY AT HOME!


Avoid unnecessary trips.   If you need to shop for supplies, limit those entering the establishment to as few as possible.  Please avoid “going shopping” with the whole family! Prolonged close contact with a person infected by Covid-19 is risky. Persons infected can be contagious to others before exhibiting any symptoms.


James Island (29412) has 27 cases testing positive for COVID-19. Many more people on James Island have likely been infected and have not yet shown symptoms or are already ill and have not been tested. The positive cases are due to exposure in the past. To control spread of this disease, we must continue to practice social distancing now.


GOVERNOR'S ORDER - McMaster has expanded his original order closing non-essential businesses to now include the following types of stores: furniture, jewelry, department, clothing and shoes, florists, books, crafts and music stores.
Stores that can remain open include grocery stories, gas stations, hardware stores, home improvement stores and firearm retailers.This order will go into effect Monday, April 6 at 5 p.m.


The previous order closed entertainment venues and facilities, recreational and athletic facilities and activities, along with close-contact service providers such as barbershop, hair salons, nail salons and massage services. All businesses allowed to remain open should practice social distancing to protect both their employees and customers.
https://www.cdc.gov/…/commu…/guidance-business-response.html


The governor issued another executive order that goes into effect immediately. suspending short-term rentals throughout the state to people traveling from coronavirus hotspots across the country. This includes hotels, short-term rentals, vacation homes, B&B’s, timeshares, etc.


The current projection is for the peak demand for hospitalization in South Carolina to be April 28. https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections This date will change with new information. Regardless, the danger from contagion will likely be increasing for the next several weeks.


Remain at least six feet away from other people, especially for extended periods of time (30 minutes or more.) Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your face. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Help protect your fellow James Islanders. 
The Governor has closed all public access to beaches and boat landings including those on James Island and Folly Beach.


ECONOMIC RECOVERY ASSISTANCE
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment. For more information regarding what to expect, please visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know
Small Business Loans including bridge loans with advances up to $10,000 that doesn't have to be paid back, visit - www.sba.gov 
Charleston Chamber Resource Page https://www.charlestonchamber.org/coronavirus-resources/…
CDC Guidance for Business Community https://www.cdc.gov/…/commu…/guidance-business-response.html
Low Country Local First
https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/what-were-doing-to-help-o…/

TOWN OF JAMES ISLAND AND SURROUNDING AGENCIES- Town Council held a special meeting on April 1st authorizing the use of electronic meetings for Town committees and councils, except the Board of Zoning Appeals. Town Council will be holding it’s regularly-scheduled Town Council meeting on April 16th via Zoom and it will be also be live-streamed on the Town’s YouTube channel, link found here: http://www.jamesislandsc.us/videos-and-meeting-archive. The agenda and information on where to send in public comment will be forthcoming. 

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.

Town Hall Operations – The Town Hall lobby is closed to the public. However, the Town continues to provide services via phone, email and through drop box 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/…/flyer_emergency-provision-of-…
The Town has closed its two parks; Pinckney Park and Dock Street Park. Charleston County Parks and Recreation and the City of Charleston have also closed their park systems.

The James Island Public Service District Administrative Office is closed the public.  Payments for sewer service can be mailed or made electronically.  For Wastewater Emergencies ONLY please Call 843-795-2345. The JIPSD has delayed cutoffs of sewer service.  Garbage (Roller-bin) service yard debris pickup continues as usual.  Pick-up of bulk items and construction waste is suspended.  The JIPSD fire stations are closed to the public.  For more information: https://www.jipsd.org/

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. All Charleston County Office Buildings are closed to the public with services available by phone or email. The courts will remain open from 10 am to 2 pm until further notice. For more information visit: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/clickandgo.php

Charleston County School District has temporarily closed all schools thru April 30th.
Charleston County School District will be offering a drive-thru "Grab & Go" Style Meal Service consisting of breakfast and lunch for students at 15 sites within the District. The site on James Island is Harborview Elementary School. Pick-ups are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm.
For more information and a full list of meal sites and information on further updates on distance learning, please visit www.ccsdschools.com

CDC GUIDANCE - 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/…/…/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/…/201…/specific-groups/children-faq.html
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 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 Ashley Friday, April 3, 2020 7:34:00 PM Categories: priority

COVID-19 - News Release #11 

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

Please stay at home. Avoid unnecessary trips.

Prolonged close contact with a person infected by Covid-19 is risky. Persons infected can be contagious to others before exhibiting any symptoms. 

James Island (29412) has 19 cases testing positive for COVID-19.  Many more people on James Island have likely been infected and have not yet shown symptoms or are already ill and have not been tested.   The positive cases are due to exposure in the past.  To control spread of this disease, we must continue to practice social distancing now.

The current projection is for the peak demand for hospitalization in South Carolina to be April 27.   https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections   This date will change with new information. Regardless, the danger from contagion will likely be increasing for the next several weeks.

Remain at least six feet away from other people, especially for extended periods of time (30 minutes or more.)  Wash your hands often with soap and water.   Avoid touching your face.   Cough  or sneeze into your elbow.   Help protect your fellow James Islanders.

The Governor has ordered all nonessential businesses closed effective at 5 PM today, Wed. April 1, 2020.

https://scemd.org/news/gov-henry-mcmaster-orders-non-essential-businesses-closed-throughout-sc/    This order effects a number of businesses in the Town.

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

https://www.cdc.gov/…/commu…/guidance-business-response.html

The Governor has closed all public access to beaches and boat landings including those on James Island and Folly Beach.

Town Hall Operations – The Town Hall lobby is closed to the public. However, the Town continues to provide services via phone, email and through drop box 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/…/flyer_emergency-provision-of-…

The Town has closed its two parks; Pinckney Park and Dock Street Park.  Charleston County Parks and Recreation and the City of Charleston have also closed their park systems.

Charleston County School District has temporarily closed all schools thru April 30th.

Charleston County School District will be offering a drive-thru "Grab & Go" Style Meal Service consisting of breakfast and lunch for students at 15 sites within the District. The site on James Island is Harborview Elementary School.  Pick-ups are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm.

For more information and a full list of meal sites and information on further updates on distance learning, please visit www.ccsdschools.com

All Charleston County Office Buildings are closed to the public with services available by phone or email.  The courts will remain open from 10 am to 2 pm until further notice.  For more information visit: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/clickandgo.php

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

Charleston Chamber Resource Page https://www.charlestonchamber.org/coronavirus-resources/…

CDC Guidance for Business Community https://www.cdc.gov/…/commu…/guidance-business-response.html

Low Country Local First
https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/what-were-doing-to-help-o…/

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 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/…/…/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/…/201…/specific-groups/children-faq.html

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.

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 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 Wednesday, April 1, 2020 3:58:00 PM Categories: priority

Notice of Special Town Council Meeting 

The Town of James Island Council will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 3 p.m. This Special Meeting will be hosted virtually through Zoom. Please see information to view and/or listen to the meeting proceedings on the attached agendaOrdinance E-03-2020. 

Posted by Frances Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:49:00 PM Categories: priority

COVID-19 News Release #10 

March 30, 2020

The Town of James Island continues to remain at OPCON Level 2 and in a state of emergency in response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 projections show that the peak resource need for South Carolina will be around April 24th. Therefore, residents should be overly cautious and recognize the worse of this virus for our area is yet to come.

Today’s DHEC reports shows 122 cases in Charleston County, with 13 testing positive for COVID-19 on James Island (29412.) SCDHEC provides daily reports on the state’s monitoring and testing of COVID-19. See the following link for updated from SCDHEC on COVID-19: SCDHEC COVID-19
Please stay at home. Avoid unnecessary trips. Prolonged close contact with a person infected by Covid-19 is risky. Persons infected can be contagious to others before exhibiting any symptoms.

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

https://www.cdc.gov/…/commu…/guidance-business-response.html

The School District is making the following changes to the meal pick-up schedule beginning today Monday, March 30th: It will no longer run Monday thru Friday, but will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm. 5 breakfasts and lunches will still be served. ADDITIONAL SCHOOL INFO: Charleston County School District is temporarily closed all schools thru April 30th. Charleston County School District will be offering a drive-thru "Grab & Go" Style Meal Service consisting of breakfast and lunch for students at 15 sites within the District. The site on James Island is Harborview Elementary School. The meal service will operate between the hours of 11 am - 1 pm Monday – Wed - Friday. For more information and a full list of meal sites and information on further updates on distance learning, please visit www.ccsdschools.com

All Charleston County Buildings will be closed to the public beginning 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 issued a shelter-in place mandate for all residents and the closing of 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

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

Charleston Chamber Resource Page https://www.charlestonchamber.org/coronavirus-resources/…

CDC Guidance for Business Community https://www.cdc.gov/…/commu…/guidance-business-response.html

Low Country Local First
https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/what-were-doing-to-help-o…/

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.

Town Hall Operations – The Town Hall lobby is closed to the public. However, Town Hall 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/…/flyer_emergency-provision-of-…

The Town has closed access to its two parks; Pinckney Park and Dock Street Park. While residents are still free to walk within the parks practicing safe social distancing, use of the playground equipment is restricted until further notice. Charleston County Parks and Recreation and the City of Charleston have also closed its park system, except the boat landings remain open.

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.

Folly Beach Update: Effective by 5:00 p.m. Saturday March 28, the checkpoint for restricted access to the island will resume 24 hours per day. The checkpoint will be located at Little Oak Island Drive. Further, no new check-ins to short-term rentals will be permitted after 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 29

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.

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/…/…/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/…/201…/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 Ashley Monday, March 30, 2020 6:05:00 PM Categories: priority

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
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