COVID-19 | Update #2
The City of Isle of Palms continues to monitor the emergence and spread of COVID-19 and preparing for potential impacts to our community.
At this time, the City of Isle of Palms and Charleston County are currently operating under normal conditions. The City will continue to monitor the situation and will modify our plans based on the public health data and recommendations from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Any changes to operations and service delivery modifications will be announced via the City's website at www.iop.net.
The City continues to encourage employees to prioritize their health and take important measures of prevention, such as social distancing, staying home if feeling ill, covering your cough, frequent and appropriate hand washing. The City has also increased the strength and frequency of cleaning and sanitization of frequently touched surfaces in the workplace and deployed extra hand sanitizing stations in all City buildings.
SCDHEC has tested a total of 87 individuals for COVID-19, which includes the six presumptive positive cases and six confirmed cases. SCDHEC will update the public as soon as the confirmatory test results from the CDC or other reference laboratories that are now testing are available, and as other new information is known.
At this time, Charleston County and SCDHEC are not requiring the cancellation of events or facilities. SCDHEC officials recommend that people maintain their daily routines of protecting against illness by practicing good hygiene, washing your hands, and covering your cough. Individuals with signs of illness are asked to take seriously the recommendation to stay home from school and work and not attend public gatherings. According to the CDC, older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease, or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible.
"We have to remain calm, continue emphasizing the importance of proper health and hygiene practices and listen and follow expert health advice. We all need to act together, help each other and do what we can to help the most vulnerable," said Mayor Carroll.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is offering free telehealth screening to all South Carolinians. Anyone experiencing symptoms can visit MUSC.care and use the promo code COVID19 and be screened without having to leave the home.
The SCDHEC 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.