Local COVID19 News

In an effort to keep everyone informed of what is happening locally, we will try our best to collect information for you and post it in one place so that you do not have to hunt for it.

Stay at Home Order

Governor McMaster has extended the Stay at Home Order until May 12th.

Hospital Update

Dear Faith Leaders of the Lowcountry,

This has been a move- forward week at our hospitals, which is really good news. While still screening everybody at the door, they are allowing family members to visit patients in the non-isolation areas.  Jeremy Clark, CEO,  HHH, stated that the hospital and staff are ready to meet any potential COVID-19 needs with adequate PPE, and bed capacity to care for the patients. As he states, “WE ARE READY”. The hospital has started to schedule elective surgery and provide MRI  and other services, including  24/7 ER services at all three locations for needs not related to COVID-19.  The medical team is to be praised and thanked  for the great work they have done in the last two months. Our Chaplains have reported this week that the hospitals are returning to more of a normal operation and the staff’s spirits are much brighter now. We, as a community, have been ‘staying at home’ for the last seventeen days. No question, this has helped to control the potential spread of the Coronavirus in  our area. However, we can’t think we have done our part and go back to how we lived a month ago. We all must stay vigilant and continue to live as we are until it is safe for people to be together again. Unfortunately even our medical professionals do not know when that will be. I trust this update will give you information to share with your congregants plus an opportunity to ask them personally  how they are doing at this time.  We are truly living in a changing and, for many,  fearful time. A time when our spirituality and faith in God is tested. A time when people in and out of the hospital need spiritual support. We are all in this together so I pray , may God be with each of you…

Peace to all,  Glenn Neff, Island Chaplain & Friends.  

Watch Out for Scammers!

We know that these days bring out the best in most of us, but there are a few people who believe that they should take advantage of others.  The AARP has a wonderful webpage about new and old scams and ways to protect yourself.  Please click on this link to view this site.

If you receive a text message from Father Michael that says "I have been trying to reach you by phone and it does not go through and I urgently need your help" please know that this is NOT Father Mike.  If you are unsure, please contact Colleen.

Urgent message from our Battalion Chief

Your firefighters have never let you down and they need you right now. Please search your house including your garage for dust masks, surgical masks, N-95 Masks, or higher level of respiratory protection.

If you were caring for a loved one at home who has since passed away, if you work in construction or landscaping, if you manage a surgery center or dentists office that is shutting down during the pandemic except for emergencies, or any other business that utilizes masks, please donate them to Hilton Head Fire Rescue.

You can leave them at any fire station or Fire Rescue HQ at 40 Summit Drive by the Convenience Center.  If we aren’t there leave them by the door.

What to do during this crisis?

Please click on this link to access information on how to keep yourself safe and what to do if you think that you are ill.  The President has extended the guidelines until the end of April. 

Local Food Pantries

Our local food pantries are working hard to make sure that they, too, keep their food stock replenished.  Here are a list of Food Pantries:

SANDLEWOOD COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY

DEEP WELL PROJECT

BLUFFTON SELF HELP

MERCY MISSION - HARDEEVILLE - Is open for food distribution to those who have lost their jobs due to this crisis.  They are open Tuesday through Friday 10 until 2 p.m.  They are located on Route 17 Hardeeville,19869 Whyte Hardy Blvd or exit 5 - Hardeeville.

Where can you go for Take-out/Curbside/Delivery?

The Town of Hilton Head has compiled a list of local restaurants that will be offering this service.  Please support our local businesses as many of our parishioners work for these establishments and are now not working.  Please click on this link to access this page.

Tax Deadline Update

The tax deadline has been extended.  Please click on this link to find out more.

Unemployment Information

For information about Governor McMaster's Unemployment declaration, please click on this link.

Students

  • SFCS will be suspending in-person classes until the end of May with the option to open the first week of June. 
  • SFCS Virtual School will re-open on Monday, April 20th, after Easter recess, and will continue to move forward in our instruction, addressing standards, and benchmarks, and connecting with our students through our virtual learning environment.
  • The president has announced that they will not be enforcing Standardized Testing Requirements for all Elementary through High School Students.
  • All schools will be closed until the end of April.
  • Scholastic is offering a free on-line program for students
  • The president has waived interest on all student loans.  Please contact your lender.

Travel Bans

The Canadian and Mexican borders will be closed.  This will not affect commerce.  All international travel for United States citizens is suspended.

Closures

  • Tolls on the Cross Island Parkway will be suspended as of 10 p.m., March 20th.

Openings

  • The Governor has reopened all of the Boat Ramps! 

  • The Governor has eased restrictions on department stores.  This means sporting goods, music, shoe, hobby, floral, luggage and leather, and book stores can reopen.  Please wear a mask at all stores!
  • Beaches will reopen to residents only on May 1st.  Please note that you will be required to obtain a resident beach pass for your vehicle.  For more information on how to obtain a Hilton Head Island Beach Pass, please click on this link.
  • Restaurants are opening for outdoor seating only.  Take-out is still available at most restaurants.  Please see the above link for restaurants that are doing curbside pickups.

If anyone finds out information that they would like to post, please contact Colleen.