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COVID-19 Update: Limited closures and cancellations of courts, meetings and programs

All Horry County Government offices will operate on a regular schedule Monday, March 16, 2020. We are urging members of the public to consider doing business online where possible. 

All scheduled public meetings for the upcoming week will be postponed including Transportation Committee, Public Safety Committee, Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee, and the Subcommittee on Flooding. 

Court for Horry County Magistrate Court and Circuit Court is cancelled the week of March 15. Jurors should not report to the courthouse this week. 

All Horry County Parks and Recreation after school programs will be cancelled beginning Monday, in line with school closures. 

County officials are continuing to monitor the situation with COVID-19 in our community. Please be advised that conditions may change quickly requiring new or additional closures or cancellations. Any updates will be provided as soon as possible.



Horry County Declares State of Emergency; Moves to OPCON 2

Following the announcements yesterday from the White House and the South Carolina Governor’s Office, Horry County Council has declared a localized state of emergency, effective at noon today, to adopt emergency ordinances to meet public emergencies affecting life, health, safety or the property of the people in our area. The declaration will remain in effect for sixty (60) days unless sooner terminated by resolution by County Council.

In addition, the County is moving to Operating Condition Level OPCON 2. This allows us to activate the Emergency Operations Plan as necessary. At this time, the Emergency Operations Center is not open. County offices remain operational on a normal schedule, but we encourage folks to make transactions online where possible. 

We still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Horry County. 

This declaration is made out of an abundance of caution to allow the County to respond quickly as this situation evolves. By declaring a state of emergency, it allows local government to mobilize resources, to better monitor the virus, to strengthen our ability to respond and assist, and to proactively take measures to protect our residents and visitors. 

As needed, the County has the ability to take measures such as closing certain facilities, postponing events, and modifying employee work plans to slow the spread of the disease and reduce the number of cases. Any updates to our current normal operations will be communicated through our website and social media feeds. 



Upcoming Meetings for March 16-20, 2020

Public Safety Committee--CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 9 a.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Council Conference Room

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Transportation/Economic Development Committee--CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 2 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Council Conference Room

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Board of Architectural Review--CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Multipurpose Rooms

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee--CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 9 a.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Council Conference Room

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Board of Fee Appeals--CANCELLED

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Multipurpose Rooms

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Board of Assessment Appeals--CANCELLED

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 4 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Multipurpose Rooms

Click here to view and download the agenda.

 

Infrastructure & Regulation Subcommittee on Flooding--CANCELLED

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center, Council Conference Room

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 



Bay Road Update

The Bay Road drainage and safety improvements are moving steadily towards completion.  The county’s contractor will be on the road over the next couple of weeks to complete the grass shoulder widening, asphalt milling, and final road resurfacing work.  Expect intermittent single lane closures during this time.

This project is improving safety along the road by widening the shoulder and by creating much flatter side slopes along the roadside ditch.  In addition, approximately 1,200 linear feet of guard rail will be installed at the edge of the new shoulder as shown on the attached map.

We anticipate that all paving work will wrap-up by the end of March, and the guard rail will be completely installed approximately one to two weeks after paving is complete, weather permitting.

As we finish the remainder of the project, we ask drivers in the area to slow down, pay attention to traffic control devices, and look out for crews working along the roadway. Stay tuned to our website at horrycounty.org and our social media feeds for updates!



Horry County Continues Planning for COVID-19 Impacts

Horry County Government continues to monitor updates on the COVID-19 virus and plan for possible impacts within Horry County. The Horry County Emergency Management Department is in close contact with local and state governments, agencies and stakeholders and is following guidance from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Horry County at this time.


Currently, the County is in a planning phase for possible impacts from the COVID-19 virus and is developing contingency plans to keep core functions of government and public safety operational should conditions change within Horry County. This is in line with guidance from state and federal partners. Such plans also include the potential for limiting public hours at County buildings and offices, the cancellation of County sponsored events, and the closure of County offices.


County officials remind residents and visitors to practice proper risk reduction measures including:
- Frequent hand-washing (at least 20 seconds)
- Using hand sanitizer regularly
- Coughing and sneezing into the crux of one’s elbow
- Avoid touching your face
- Staying home when sick


County officials will continue to monitor the situation and coordinate with our local and state partners.


If you have questions regarding the virus itself, please visit the SCDHEC website or the CDC website, or call the SCDHEC Care Line at: 1-855-472-3432.



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