Of course the thing on everyone’s mind right now is the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. News alerts are coming down the pike at a rapid pace.
Colleges are postponing students’ return to campus after spring break and urging online classwork instead. Cancellations include March Madness, the rest of the NBA season, along with spring training and most other sports. Even The Masters at Augusta wont take place as scheduled due to concerns over COVID-19, although they hope to reschedule. Broadway, Disneyland and Disney World are shutting down this weekend.
Several states have opted to close public schools, including Ohio and Maryland. That is not the case here in South Carolina, where schools will remain open until further notice. The attitude here in South Carolina is a bit more moderate and less stressful than other parts of the country that have higher concentrations of people and COVID-19.
Local effects of the Coronavirus situation
Locally, organizers of the Volvo Car Open have canceled the event. One of the main reasons was because several of the athletes are based in Europe. With the airline travel ban taking effect tonight at midnight, they would not be able to attend.
At last check, the Cooper River Bridge Run is still scheduled to go on as planned on April 4th. Check back regularly as they monitor the situation closely. The thinking is that most people who would be taking part would be, by definition, healthy, and the event takes place out of doors – unlike most spectator sporting events.
UPDATE: This just in – the Cooper River Bridge Run has been postponed until August 1, 2020.
The Isle of Palms has issued an official statement. Here it is in its entirety, from the official city website. Check back for additional updates as well.
City of Isle of Palms Monitoring COVID-1
The City of Isle of Palms, in coordination with federal, state and local partners, is closely monitoring the emergence and spread of COVID-19 and preparing for potential impacts to our community. As cases are confirmed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is posting regular updates on its website.
The health and well being of our employees and community is the City’s top priority. City staff is coordinating with key stakeholders in our community and planning for continuity of normal operations.
The City of Isle of Palms wants to encourage people to stay calm, stay informed, share official and reliable information, practice common sense habits to reduce their risk of exposure and prepare for the possibility of having to stay home for several days.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends taking the following simple preventative measures to avoid the spread and reduce the risk of infection:
- 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.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially you have been in a public space or 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.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is now offering free telehealth screening to all South Carolinians. Anyone experiencing symptoms can visit MUSC.care and use the promo code COVID-19 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.
Stay safe and healthy, and wash those hands. If you have questions about reservations for one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or anything else, just give us a call and we’ll do our best to help.
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