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We Must Act Now To Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Team Campsen is devoted to ensuring constituents have the most recent information related to novel coronavirus pandemic and its status in South Carolina.

Right now, everyone’s top priority should be staying safe and healthy. While you are keeping a distance from others, please don’t forget to check in with family and friends who live alone — especially those who are elderly or have pre-existing health conditions that put them at higher risk. As Americans, we’ve overcome incredible challenges before, and if we watch out for one another and keep our faith strong, I know we’ll overcome this too.

Chip Campsen

Latest Update From the State

On April 20, 2020, Governor Henry D. McMaster created accelerateSC to serve as the coordinated COVID-19 advisory team. The team was created to consider and recommend economic revitalization plans for South Carolina and consists of five total components.

Four of those components—Response, Protection, Governance, and Resources—consist of accelerateSC team members, and the fifth—Information—is focused on disseminating recommendations to our state’s citizens and businesses. Each component carried the dual mandate of identifying specific issues created by COVID-19 and analyzing solutions and assets that will be employed to respond to those issues. Team members were asked to employ open lines of communication, collaboration, and cooperation among themselves and assisting stakeholders as this approach was necessary for accelerateSC to recommend a phased, healthcare and medical data-driven path that will safely revitalize South Carolina’s economy.

Click below to read the Final Report.

accelerateSC Final Report

COVID-19 Case Status, Prevention, and Treatment

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in SC

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) is actively monitoring the number of confirmed cases in South Carolina by county. To see specific data for Beaufort, Charleston, and Colleton counties, visit the SCDHEC report on Monitoring and Testing for the most up-to-date numbers.

Recommendations to Stop the Spread of Illness

To prevent the spread of illness, remember to follow these common-sense measures to stay safe:

    • Practice good hygiene
    • Wash your hands
    • Cover your cough
    • Those who feel sick should stay home from school and work and not attend public gatherings

If you recently traveled to a high risk country, you should self-quarantine for 14 days. To learn more, go here.

What To Do If You Develop Symptoms:

Residents who are showing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should call their personal doctor or healthcare provider. If you do not have a primary care physician, MUSC Health is providing free telehealth screening to all South Carolinians. Medical facilities and doctors offices ask that everyone call ahead so they can make arrangements to protect others when people come in for testing.Testing for COVID-19 can be requested by any physician or through a telehealth screening, according to DHEC. If you have fever, cough, and other symptoms, it is possible that you may have the normal flu and not the COVID19-Coronavirus. If you have symptoms, it is very important that you call your healthcare provider and avoid exposing other people when you have symptoms. The DHEC Care Line is available to provide general information about COVID-19 by calling 1-855-472-3432 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Launched Successfully

More than 4.6 Million in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) paid out over weekend
as the agency continues to support South Carolinians.

Governor McMaster’s Emergency Orders:

Governor McMaster has declared a state of emergency.  Since his announcement, here are the relevant orders that have resulted:

Updated Orders: Restaurants and bars are restricted from providing sit down dining in indoor areas however, Foodservice via outdoor seating, take out, drive through, or delivery service is allowed.

FIND MORE INFORMATION BELOW

Other Orders: All state government offices will remain open for operation during normal business hours. Agencies have been asked to allow some employees to work from home, but offices are open.

Visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be restricted with the exception of end-of-life situations. Visitation at state prisons and local jails has been suspended in all 46 counties.

State price gouging laws are in place.

Additional Actions: Governor McMaster has encouraged people to cancel or postpone large public gatherings of 100 or more people. Utilities will not to cancel or suspend essential services for nonpayment during the declared state of emergency.

Outdoor Seating Guidelines:

All patio venues must:

  • Space tables at least 8 feet apart
  • Limit groups to 8 people/ party
  • Enforce a no indoor waiting or loitering policy
  • Sanitize tables and chairs after every customer
  • Adhere to strict social distancing guidelines

Tent venues must:

  • Space tables at least 8 feet apart
  • Limit groups to 8 people/ party
  • Have 7.5 feet of headroom
  • Have a fire extinguisher within 75 ft from the tent area
  • Sanitize tables and chairs after every customer
  • Adhere to strict social distancing guidelines

Other advice for outdoor seating:

  • Check local ordinances to ensure that your licenses cover the outdoor area (especially your liquor license, if applicable)
  • No self beverages or buffets
  • Indoor Restrooms are okay to use as long as they are maintained daily
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Governor McMaster’s Emergency Orders

Food Services

Restaurants and bars are restricted to providing 1/2 sit down dining in indoor areas however, Foodservice via outdoor seating, take out, drive through, or delivery service is allowed.

FIND MORE INFORMATION BELOW

State Operations

All state government offices will remain open for operation during normal business hours. Agencies have been asked to allow some employees to work from home, but offices are open.Visitation at state prisons and local jails has been suspended in all 46 counties. State price gouging laws are in place. Utilities will not to cancel or suspend essential services for nonpayment during the declared state of emergency.

Other Orders

Visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be restricted with the exception of end-of-life situations.  Governor McMaster has encouraged people to cancel or postpone large public gatherings of 100 or more people.

Outdoor Seating Guidelines

Patio Venues

    • Space tables at least 8 feet apart
    • Limit groups to 8 people/ party
    • Enforce a no indoor waiting or loitering policy
    • Sanitize tables and chairs after every customer
    • Adhere to strict social distancing guidelines

Tent Venues

    • Space tables at least 8 feet apart
    • Limit groups to 8 people/ party
    • Have 7.5 feet of headroom
    • Have a fire extinguisher within 75 ft from the tent area
    • Sanitize tables and chairs after every customer
    • Adhere to strict social distancing guidelines

Other Advise

    • Check local ordinances to ensure that your licenses cover the outdoor area (especially your liquor license, if applicable)
    • No self beverages or buffets
    • Indoor Restrooms are okay to use as long as they are maintained daily