May 1, 2020 -- 3:00 pm
Charleston County to Open COVID-19 Mobile Screening and Testing Sites
The Charleston County Public Safety Directorate, including EMS and Emergency Management, is partnering with Fetter Heath Care Network (FHCN) to offer mobile COVID-19 screening and testing sites. The mobile site will be in different communities across Charleston County beginning May 4, 2020. Screening and testing will be conducted Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Each site will include walk-up and drive-thru stations.
Mobile Testing Dates and Locations:
Individuals experiencing cough, fever and shortness of breath can request a screening at www.FetterCovid19Screening.org or by calling 1-800-365-7410 to connect with a FHCN provider who will determine the need for testing. Citizens are asked to wear face coverings and practice safe social distancing while at the mobile testing site.
Currently, all insurance providers in South Carolina are covering the cost of COVID-19 testing. Patient insurance information will be processed in order to complete testing. No co-pays or deductibles are being charged. All patients will be served regardless of their ability to pay.
Short-Term Rental Restrictions Remain in Effect until May 15th
The town’s temporary restrictions on short-term rental units remain in effect until May 15th. As a reminder:
The short-term rental restrictions do not apply to rental agreements of more than 28 days (90 days for residents of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut), or to members of the property owner's immediate family, including a parent, sibling, child, spouse, grandparent or grandchild.
In addition to the temporary restrictions on advertising and new check-ins for short-term rental units, all rental properties operating within the town are required to have a valid town business license.
The town’s code enforcement officers are actively working to identify, investigate and enforce alleged violations of the town’s ordinances. Violations of a town ordinance can carry fines of up to $500.00 per day (plus state assessments and surcharges). Individuals who are found guilty of violating a town ordinance may also be subject to a suspension or revocation of their business license. To report a possible violation, please call (843) 768-9121 or email email@example.com.
Social Distancing on the Beach
The beaches of Seabrook Island remain open for recreational activities. When visiting the beach, residents and their guests are reminded that groups of more than 10 individuals are prohibited by ordinance from congregating outside the home. This requirement applies to ALL groups, including members of the same family or household. All individuals, regardless of whether visiting the beach alone or in a group, should practice “social distancing” by maintaining a minimum separation of 6 feet from others. The town’s beach patrol and code enforcement officers are authorized to enforce these requirements and may order the dispersal of large groups. Violators are also subject to fines of up to $500.00 per day (plus state assessments and surcharges) upon conviction.
Seabrook Island Town Hall Closed
As a reminder, Town Hall remains closed and members of town staff are working remotely to provide “virtual services” to residents and business owners. For assistance during normal operating hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm), please contact us by phone at (843) 768-9121 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The town’s Code Enforcement Officers and Beach Patrol will remain active on the island as long as it is safe for them to do so. All public meetings have been cancelled through April 30th, with the exception of emergency meetings.
Protect Yourself and Others
To minimize the risk of exposure and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that individuals take the following precautions:
For general questions about COVID-19, please contact the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Care Line at (855) 472-3432. Staff will be available to answer calls from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm seven days a week.
For the most reliable information about COVID-19, including what to do if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms, residents are strongly encouraged to visit official resources, including the SCDHEC and CDC websites.
Official updates from the Town of Seabrook Island will continue to be posted on the following channels: