The emerging outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) is rapidly changing every day. Therefore, York County wants to ensure that our residents are up-to-date on York County services and COVID 19 information. Please continue to follow York County social media feeds, www.yorkcountygov.com, and sign up for "notify me" press releases to receive information via text/email. Below is operational changes within York County Government and COVID 19 information.
As of Monday, March 16, 2020, the following offices/courts have instituted COVID 19 preventative measures; as well as the following information has been announced:
As of Sunday, March 15, 2020
- All York County Library branches are closed until further notice
- The Culture & Heritage Museum is closed until further notice
- York County will not disconnect water & sewer services for nonpayment’s during the duration of the Governor’s Executive Order.
- York County will allow various non-essential employees to work remotely or from home
As of Friday, March 13, 2020
Residents are urged to conduct business online with York County:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms and Protective Measures:
This information and more can be found at the CDC Website
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Take steps to protect yourself:
- Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Take steps to protect others:
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick. (If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick.)
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work
What to do if you are sick:
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
- Monitor your symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
- Stay at home until instructed to leave
Coronavirus (COVID-19) South Carolina Preventative Measures:
South Carolina Governor announced the following preventative measures for the state of South Carolina in an Executive Order issued on March 13, 2020:
- A state of emergency is declared for the state of South Carolina after determining that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an actual or imminent public health emergency.
- All public schools, including K-12, Universities and Technical Colleges, are closed, effective from Monday, March 16, 2020 to Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
- All special, county and municipal elections held in the state will be postponed and rescheduled.
- Indoor and outdoor public meetings should be cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled, so as not to exceed 100 people, exempting meetings of local or state government bodies or private businesses and employers.
COVID-19 Monitoring & Testing in SC:
This information and more can be found at SCDHEC Website
Helpful links to continue to monitor for information about COVID 19:
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:
South Carolina Emergency Management