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The Town and Fire Rescue along with Emergency Services Agencies across the country are monitoring the Coronavirus situation (COVID-19) to protect the public's health.

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An Update from Town Manager Steve Riley - 4/8/2020


Here are the latest updates on COVID-19 response in our community:

Coronavirus Cases
As of today, 174 positive cases of the coronavirus have been reported for Beaufort County, according to the latest data from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. The number of cases has climbed to 2,552 across the state. You can check out the number of cases in Hilton Head Island zip codes by visiting the coronavirus hub page on our website at hiltonheadislandsc.gov.

Hospital Update
Hilton Head Hospital CEO Jeremy Clark provided Town Council with an update on how he and his staff are preparing to handle any sudden surge in the number of patients with coronavirus. The hospital can expand its capacity from 109 beds up to 140 to treat patients. Staff and doctors are cross training in patient care areas and on technology so they can attend to patients in different areas. They also have access to extra technology and ventilators to treat patients should the need arise. The National Guard has evaluated space at the hospital to ensure it has the capacity it needs to care for patients and the hospital staff is working with our local emergency management team and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control to be ready for a surge in patients.

Statewide Burn Ban
All burning is prohibited on Hilton Head Island following the State Forester's Burning Ban for all South Carolina counties.

Birthday Celebrations
Our Fire Rescue Division wants to help brighten your child's birthday, especially since it may be difficult to host a birthday party at this time. Our Fire & Life Safety Educator can help schedule a team to drive by with fire truck and ambulance to sing happy birthday. We'll need two days' notice. Call 843-247-4577 to schedule.

Take a Moment to Say Thanks
This week, we invite you to say thanks to our first responders - emergency workers, doctors, nurses, and even your local grocery store folks. Check out culturehhi.org for all the details on how you can be part of this big thank you event. Also, Visit culturehhi.org or follow culturehhi on Facebook for the latest updates on virtual concerts and other cool and fun activities you can view or do from the comfort of your own home.

Have You Supported A Charity Today?
As always, please support a charity today. Charities across the Island will be the lifeline for many people who need help, be it food, money to pay a bill or mental health counseling. Thank you.

A Message from Mayor John McCann - 4/7/2020


COVID-19 Fire Rescue Update - 4/2/2020




Resources

We urge residents to monitor reliable information sources for the latest updates.

  • SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) is extending the license renewal deadline for licenses, registrations, and permits scheduled to renew during the months of April, May, June, July, and August. The new renewal deadline is extended to September 30, 2020. Learn more at https://www.llr.sc.gov/renewalupdates/.

  • SC Governor McMaster issued an executive orderpdf icon giving law enforcement the authority to prohibit or disperse any gatherings of three or more people. View Governor McMaster's statement at https://governor.sc.gov/news/2020-03/gov-henry-mcmaster-issues-executive-order-2020-13.

  • Town Hall is open for business, but our offices are closed to the public until further notice. Our staff is able to conduct business with you over the phone and via email. A searchable staff directory is available at https://www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/contactus/staffsearch.cfm.

  • Collections of business license fees, local tax, and local hospitality tax are delayed until June 20th. Penalties and late fees for business license renewals are waived through June 20th.

  • Beaches and beach parks are closed through April 30th.

  • All Town parks are closed effective April 1, 2020. Learn more...

  • Tolls have been suspended temporarily on the Cross Island Parkway.

  • The Breeze Trolley Service on Hilton Head Island, which was scheduled to begin service on April 1, has been postponed temporarily.
  • Don't spread rumors. Find out from FEMA what is rumor versus fact related to the coronavirus response.

  • Income tax filing due dates for state and federal taxes have been extended to July 15, 2020. Visit www.IRS.gov for federal information and https://dor.sc.gov/ for state guidelines.

  • All organized recreational activities and activities for which special event permits have been acquired from the Town for use on Town properties are canceled.

Call your personal doctor or healthcare provider for information/instructions.

What if I don't have a personal doctor?

  • If you don't have a primary care physician there are multiple options for telehealth.
  • MUSC Health is providing free telehealth screening. Anyone experiencing symptoms can visit MUSC.care and use the promo code COVID19 and be screened without having to leave your home. You can also call 843-261-5940 with any questions.
  • Prisma Health is offering a free virtual visit at www.prismahealth.org/virtual-visit/. Use with promo code COVID19. You can also call 1-888-921-0348.
  • Beaufort Memorial is offering virtual visits to be screened by a provider who can refer them to a higher level of care, if needed. BMH Care Anywhere is available in the App Store and Google Play, and via https://www.bmhsc.org/services/immediate-care-options/video-visits/ (may have a fee).

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  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.


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