At 3:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a National Emergency over the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and announced a set of specific measures aimed at stemming the effects of the outbreak. The declaration frees up approximately $50 billion in federal funds under the Stafford Act to fight the fast-spreading virus. The declaration grants broad authority to the Secretary for Health and Human Services to waive provisions of certain laws and regulations to give doctors and hospitals maximum flexibility to respond to the virus and requires every state to open emergency operation centers. President Trump also announced that he was waiving interest on all student loans held by federal government agencies and has directed the Secretary of Energy to purchase large quantities of crude oil for the US strategic reserves to take advantage of low oil prices.
At 5:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020, Governor Henry McMaster declared a State of Emergency to enhance the state's response to the COVID-19 virus. The Governor’s emergency declaration includes:
At this time, the Town of Seabrook Island and Charleston County government remain under normal operating conditions.
For general questions about COVID-19, please contact the 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, residents are strongly encouraged to visit official resources, including the SCDHEC and CDC websites.
Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
Governor Henry McMaster's State of Emergency Declaration