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Updates From Elected Officials

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Government Links

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Department of Health + Environmental Control

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Centers for Disease Control + Prevention

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Department of Health + Environmental Control

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SC Department of Employment + Workforce

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Resources

CARES Act

DHEC Testing & SC Data (COVID-19)

DHEC Testing & SC Data (COVID-19)

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DHEC Testing & SC Data (COVID-19)

DHEC Testing & SC Data (COVID-19)

DHEC Testing & SC Data (COVID-19)

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Shows the current status of COVID-19 in the state of SC and by county

Family + Education

DHEC Testing & SC Data (COVID-19)

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

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Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

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COVID-19 projections assuming full social distancing through May 2020

Johns Hopkins CSSE

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

Johns Hopkins CSSE

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Coronavirus COVID-19 global cases and the worldwide effects of the virus, along with individual countries, by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

MUSC

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

Johns Hopkins CSSE

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

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The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone.

Executive Orders

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-21

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-21

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-21

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Home or Work Order

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-20

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-21

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-21

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Authorizing Leave with Pay Due to Winter Weather on Feb. 21

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-19

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-19

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-19

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Lodging & Travel Restrictions for Individuals from High-Risk Areas

All Executive Orders

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-19

State of SC Executive Order: 2020-19

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Coronavirus News

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April 4, 2020: Important Update from Beaufort County Republican Party Chairman

We are going through some very difficult times. Our first thoughts and priorities are keeping everyone safe and healthy. It has been so reassuring to see how neighbors are helping neighbors. If anyone needs help with any problem or Town, County, State or Federal issue please reach out and we will try and help, bcrpscgop@gmail.com. read more

April 4, 2020: South Carolina’s Tom Davis Pushes ‘All Hands On Deck’ Medical Response To Coronavirus

A South Carolina senator is pushing his state’s medical community to adopt an “all hands on deck” response to the coronavirus pandemic – urging its leaders to suspend regulatory restrictions that prevent nurse practitioners and physician assistants from engaging more directly in the current health care crisis. read more

April 2, 2020: Beaufort County receives more than 1,400 N95 masks from 2nd national stockpile

Beaufort Memorial Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Russell Baxley said Thursday his facility is grateful to have received items from the shipment. “Five-hundred here, 50 there — it helps in what we are trying to do here,” Baxley said, “in terms of expecting the worst.” Baxley said the hospital hopes it has enough equipment to get through the pandemic but it, like many hospitals, wants more. read more

March 30, 2020: Mnuchin lays out when Americans can expect their coronavirus rescue package checks

"We expect that within three weeks that people who have direct deposit information with us will see those direct deposits in their bank accounts," he said. "And we will create a web-based system for people where we don’t have their direct deposit they can upload it, so that they can get the money immediately as opposed to checks in the mail." read more

March 30, 2020: Humana, Cigna waiving coronavirus treatment costs

President Trump announced two of America's leading health insurers, Humana and Cigna, would step up and assist consumers financially who are dealing with COVID-19  by waiving costs related to care associated with the virus. read more

March 27, 2020: Applying for unemployment because of coronavirus? Here’s how in all 50 states

The layoffs have led millions of Americans to apply for unemployment in record numbers. Last week, 3.28 million Americans applied for unemployment, according to the Labor Department’s weekly report. read more


South Carolina

https://dew.sc.gov/individuals/apply-for-benefits

In-state claimants: 866-831-1724

Out-of-state claimants: 800-529-8339

March 27, 2020: Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott on federal coronavirus bill and SC: ‘Help is on the way’

"Between direct individual payments, loans to small businesses and aid for local governments, Graham and Scott said billions of dollars are coming to S.C. In particular, Graham called a $150 billion fund to boost state and local governments throughout the country a 'godsend to the state of South Carolina to replenish the coffers.” read more

March 26, 2020: CARES Act: Recovery Check FAQ

Who is eligible for a recovery rebate? Are individuals with little to no income or those on means-tested federal benefits, such as SSI, eligible for a recovery rebate? Answers to these questions and more, click here.

March 21, 2020: National Strategic Stockpile Materials Sent to S.C. Counties for COVID-19

To help provide supplies for health care providers responding to COVID-19, SC requested and received its full allocation of medical equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile this week. read more

March 20, 2020: Tax Day moving to July 15 amid coronavirus crisis, Mnuchin announces

"At @realDonaldTrump’s direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties," he tweeted. read more

March 19, 2020: Support for Families Helping Students Learn at Home

The EOC has put together a list of assistance and resources available to adults who are helping school-age children. The EOC will update these resources as new information becomes available. Use the links below to share this information with those in your community. read more

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

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March 30, 2020: Please call Sheriff's Office to report concerns of visitors' 14-day self-quarantine

There have been reports of residents taking it upon themselves to address and/or harass Beaufort County visitors, to include the following note that was left on a vehicle, which had a New York license plate: read more

March 21, 2020: FEMA rumor-control link for coronavirus (COVID-19)

FEMA coronavirus (COVID-19) rumor-control link. Sheriff's Office will temporarily limit public access to its offices. read more

March 20, 2020: What "illegal acts under state of emergency" means to you

What "illegal acts under state of emergency" means to you. Tolls for Cross Island Parkway suspended at 10:00 tonight. read more

March 20, 2020: Prohibition of gatherings of 50 or more people

Please comply with Governor's order prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more people, especially on Hilton Head's beaches. read more

Education + Family Resources

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SC Family Friendly Standards

These documents allow families to see what their child is learning each school year, in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Links to books, website, and resources for each grade level and subject. FIND OUT MORE

Help with Math South Carolina

Fun, standards-based activities for SC students in Kindergarten through 7th grade. FIND OUT MORE

Day-by-Day Family Literacy Calendar

Literacy activities for every day — Geared toward young learners. Includes fun arts and crafts projects. FIND OUT MORE

SC DISCUS: Great resources for parents and caregivers

TumbleBooks, TumbleMath (grades K-6) and TeenBookCloud (grades 7-12) are all accessible for FREE under the Grade Levels tab. FIND OUT MORE

Knowitall.org: Media resources to benefit all learners

A treasure trove of media resources made available to SC educators. Create an account and the material is available to SC residents. FIND OUT MORE

Enrichment Activities for Children K-12

Everything from how to make homemade playdough to how to take online music lessons, this guide provides a great tool for finding resources to enrich learning while at home. FIND OUT MORE

List of companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings

Kahn Academy and others have always been free. Companies like Scholastic have now removed their pay walls to help families out during the days ahead. FIND OUT MORE

Children’s Book Authors Reading their Own Books

Children’s book authors are reading their books — some are doing it everyday! Check out a list of notable authors — from Oprah to daily lessons and activities from Mo Willems! FIND OUT MORE

Virtual Field Trips

Take a virtual trip to The Hunley, The Yorktown and many other local treasures! FIND OUT MORE

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Highlights of the Cares Act

Provides Money to American Families

  • Gives a one-time tax rebate check of $1,200 to every American whose 2018 tax return, or 2019 if filed, showed income at or below $75,000. That's $2,400 per married couple, with an extra $500 per child. There's no minimum threshold, so all working people benefit. That assistance is reduced for those earning between $75,000 - $99,000, and ends at $99,000, to give more help to the middle class.
  • Expands unemployment insurance to self-employed workers and makes more money available for longer.
  • Makes it possible for self-employed and independent contractors in the "gig economy" to receive unemployment, and increases benefits by adding $600 per week for up to four months.
  • Additional $260 billion to support workers affected by COVID-19.
    Under this pandemic unemployment assistance program, funding will also be provided to states to reimburse 501(c)(3) nonprofits, government agencies, and Indian tribes for half of the costs they incur to pay unemployment benefits.

Helps Small Businesses Keep Employees and Stay Open

  • Creates a "Paycheck Protection program" that will provide 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll. That means these small businesses, self-employed individuals, and "gig economy" workers have the support they need to keep their businesses going and keep their employees on payroll. This program is also available to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, 501(c)(19) veteran's organizations, and 31(b)(2)(c) tribal organizations.
  • $350 billion in federally guaranteed credit for small businesses so that they can keep staff.
  • $10 billion for Small Business Administration emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief for small business operating costs.
  • $17 billion for the Small Business Administration to cover 6 months of payments for small businesses with existing loans.


Helps Families Stay in Their Home

  • Implements a Foreclosure Moratorium on Federally-Backed Mortgages for People Who Experience Hardship as a Result of COVID-19 - Prohibits foreclosures on all federally-backed mortgage loans for a 60-day period beginning March 18, 2020. Provides up to 180 days of forbearance for borrowers of a federally-backed mortgage loan who have experienced hardship related to the COVID-19 emergency.


Provides Relief to People with Federal Student Loans Affected by COVID-19

  • Requires federal student loan payments, principal, and interest be deferred for 6 months through September 30, 2020 without penalty to the student. This provides relief for over 95 percent of student loan borrowers.


Fully mobilizes America's health care sector and prioritizes rural health

  • Significantly expands telehealth so that patients can see doctors with whom they don't already have a relationship from the safety of their own home, connecting people on home dialysis with providers, and allowing federally qualified health centers to participate.
  • The bill also fully mobilizes the care community empowering nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants to prescribe home health services.


Makes Common Sense Reforms to Health Savings Accounts

  • Allows the use of HSAs to cover telehealth and over the counter drugs without a prescription.


Stabilizes the Economy by Authorizing the Federal Reserve to Provide Liquidity to Markets

  • Provides $454 billion for loans, loan guarantees, and investments in support of the Federal Reserve's lending facilities to eligible businesses, states, and municipalities.


Provides Loans (Not Bailouts) to Support Important National Industry

  • Provides direct lending through the Treasury's Exchange Stabilization Fund to passenger airlines, cargo airlines, and businesses important to "maintaining national security."


Protects Workers, Not Executive Compensation

  • Prohibits the passenger airlines, cargo airlines, and businesses important to maintaining national security from engaging in stock buybacks and increasing compensation of any officer or employee beyond $425,000. These recipients are also required to maintain payroll in order to receive grants.
  • Additionally, the Congress allocates $340 billion of emergency funding to combat the coronavirus outbreak on all fronts.
  • More than 80%, or $274 billion, of this funding will go to state and local governments.
  • The comprehensive package brings to bear the full resources of the federal government to protect the health and well-being of Americans.


THIS PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES FOR HEALTH CARE RESPONDERS

  • $117 billion for hospitals and veterans' health care;
  • $45 billion for FEMA disaster relief fund;
  • $16 billion for the Strategic National Stockpile which includes procuring personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other necessary medical supplies for federal and state response efforts.

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Information Sheet + Links

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