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Posted on: March 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] York County Government COVID 19 Updates and More


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 released:

As of Sunday, March 15, 2020 the following closures and preventative measures were instituted

  • All York County Library branches are closed until further notice
  • The Culture & Heritage Museums are 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
  • All York County sponsored community meetings, Committee meetings and Boards & Commission meetings have been cancelled.

As of Friday, March 13, 2020 the following preventative measure were instituted


 Residents are urged to conduct business online with York County:

Online Business with York County

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 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms and Protective Measures:

This information and more can be found at the CDC Website and SCDHEC Website. Additionally, for general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is available at  1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. every day. 

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

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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 has instituted several Executive Orders.

COVID-19 Monitoring & Testing in SC:

This information and more can be found at SCDHEC Website

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