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Posted on: March 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] York County Government COVID 19 Updates, Operation Modifications 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 information to receive information via text/email. Below are operational changes within York County Government and COVID 19 information.

As of Friday, May 1, the SC Governor has announced the following:

Governor Henry McMaster announced that the statewide “Work-or-Home” order will be lifted and returned to voluntary status on Monday, May 4th. The governor also announced that beginning on May 4th, restaurants throughout South Carolina may provide outdoor customer dining service in addition to existing take out, curbside, and delivery services:  https://governor.sc.gov/news/2020-05/gov-henry-mcmaster-lift-work-or-home-order-may-4th  

As of Friday, April 24, York County has announced the following opening:

Ebenezer Park to Re-Open Campgrounds May 1st

As of Wednesday, April 22, the SC Courts has Amended Operation of the Trial Courts:

Amended operations of trial courts during COVID-19

As of Monday April 20 and Tuesday, April 21, the SC Governor has Instituted Executive Order for Modification of Restrictions for Public Beaches & Waters & Incremental Modification of Non-Essential Business Closures:

Executive Order 2020-28

As of Friday, April 17, York County has Opened the following:

Public Boat Ramps and Landings as of Noon. View more information at SCDNR: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/2020/apr/a16_boatramp.php 

As of Thursday, April 16, the SC Governor has revised Executive Order:

Executive Order: Modification of Emergency Restrictions for Public Waters & Emergency Measures for Unemployment Claims & Benefits

As of Sunday, April 12, the SC Governor executed new Executive Order:

As of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, York County Announced:

Local State of Emergency

Video of Chairman Michael Johnson and Sheriff Tolson urging Residents to Stay at Home

Governor’s Executive Order: Furloughed employees qualify for unemployment benefits

As of Monday, April 6, 2020, the Governor of SC has mandated a "Stay-At-Home-Order."

As of Friday, April 3, 2020, the following business resource page has been created by York County Economic Development and the following SC Governor executive Orders have been given:

As of Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the following York County operation modifications have been instituted:

As of Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the following COVID 19 preventive measures were instituted; as well as, the following Executive Order:

As of Monday, March 30, the following Executive Order was Instituted:

As of Saturday, March 28, 2020 the following Executive Order was instituted:

As of Friday, March 27, 2020 the following  COVID 19 Information was released; as well as, an Executive Order:

As of Thursday, March 26, 2020 the following Emergency Ordinance was Adopted:

York County Council Adopts Emergency Ordinance

As of Thursday, March 19, 2020 the following Executive Order was Instituted:

Governor’s Executive Order:  Authorizing Law Enforcement to Preserve Public Health

As of Thursday, March 19, 2020 the following offices/services have instituted COVID 19 preventive measures; as well as, the following information has been released:

York County Veteran’s Affairs Office Modifies Operations

York County Will Temporarily Suspend the Operations of the York County Material Recovery Facility

York County Launches an Online COVID 19 Resource Center

SBA Announces Assistance During COVID 19

As of Thursday, March 19, 2020 the following office has instituted COVID 19 preventive measures; as well as, the following information has been released:

Animal Shelter Operation Modifications

As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the following offices/courts have instituted COVID 19 preventative measures; as well as, the following Executive Order was Released:

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.                  Coronovirus

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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