27 Mar 2020
News updates on COVID-19 continue at a rapid pace. Reports and directives flow down the pike from above. They come from global health entities (the WHO, aka World Health Organization), the federal or national level (the White House and President, the CDC), the state level (the Governor), counties and cities. It’s hard to keep up with them all, and the situation changes on a dime. The City of Isle of Palms City Council convened on Wednesday afternoon in an emergency session to address COVID-19 as it applies to the island.
Here is the official COVID-19 update which resulted from that meeting:
The City of Isle of Palms is in a state of emergency.
As the situation continues to change rapidly, the City’s top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community and staff.
On March 25, 2020, the Isle of Palms City Council, acting in accordance with Section 5-7-250 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, which empowers Council to enact emergency ordinances affecting life, health, or safety, approved Emergency Ordinance 2020.02 which implements the following restrictions:
- No new check-ins permitted for Short Term Rentals, Hotels and other Overnight Accommodations beginning 10:00 a.m., March 26, 2020 through April 30, 2020.
- Access restrictions stated in Section 7 of Emergency Ordinance 2020.01 are extended through April 30th, 2020.
Before taking action on Emergency Ordinance 2020.02, Council sought advice from Dr. Edward O’Bryan, Emergency Medicine physician at MUSC. He is also the Executive Director of MUSC Health Solutions, Chief Medical Officer for MUSC Business Health and the Director of Business for Telemedicine Services for Business Health. The full transcript of Dr. O'Bryan's comments is available here.
The audio of the meeting is available here.
The City also offers the following information.
If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms including respiratory distress, please call 9-1-1. For all other symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, we encourage you to take advantage of the MUSC Health Virtual Care telehealth service. MUSC Health is offering COVID-19 screenings free of charge to South Carolina residents experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina. Non-residents may use the service but may be charged for the visit and the panel. All MUSC screenings must be initiated online through their telehealth service: https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html. No walk-up traffic is accepted at the drive-through testing location.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should use facemasks to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The official information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a good source of information for everyone: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disinfecting your home if someone is sick How to Protect Yourself Symptoms & Testing Information for Travelers Frequently Asked Questions The City of Charleston ordered folks to shelter at home this week, as did Columbia. Governor Cooper of North Carolina just did the same, joining many other states that are so doing. We are certainly in unprecedented, uncharted waters here. May everyone stay safe and healthy as we are encouraged/ordered to stay at home and shelter in place. It truly is a matter of life and death for many. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger