April 7, 2020
We hope that all of you are safe and in good health. As we come to grips with the realities of dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded that our families and the well-being of others has become the most important aspect of our daily lives.
Currently it appears that the restrictions are likely to continue for several more weeks, and our region is beginning to experience an increase in the number of reported cases. We continue to remind all of our owners and guests to adhere strictly to social distancing requirements and hopefully help limit the spread of the virus.
We are collaborating daily with Charleston County Emergency Management, and we are keeping our operating protocols consistent with the recommendations from both state and local authorities. We appreciate the strong cooperation we have received from the county and state as we confront this unprecedented and evolving public health threat.
Our Island staff has adapted rapidly to the challenges presented by this unprecedented state of emergency. Many of the island’s administrative duties are being performed remotely, and all of our critical staff are still performing their daily duties. We have built contingency protocols around all of our critical services, and we will continue to make adaptations to our emergency plan as circumstances warrant.
During these extremely disruptive circumstances, our focus and commitment remains on the health and well-being of owners and staff alike. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as each day presents its own set of unique challenges.
Governor Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency in South Carolina and issued the following Executive Orders:
- Beginning Friday, March 27 – a 14 Day Mandatory Self-Isolation is required for any individual who enters the State of South Carolina from an area with substantial community spread, to include the Tri-State Area (consisting of the States of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and the City of New Orleans, Louisiana.
- On Monday, March 30, Governor McMaster ordered that all non-essential businesses in the state close.
- On Monday, April 6, Governor McCMaster ordered that “All residents and visitors of the State of South Carolina are required to limit social interaction, practice ‘social distancing’ in accordance with CDC guidance, and take every possible precaution to avoid potential exposure to, and to slow Covid-19”
- Effective Tuesday, April 7 at 5:00pm, all “South Carolinians must remain at home or work” unless visiting family, exercising, or obtaining essential goods or services.”
- By Executive Order, the Governor is limiting the total number of people who will be allowed to enter into retail stores across the state.
With respect to the current State of Emergency, please observe the following requirements:
- All travel on the ferry shall conform with the SC Governor’s order
- Ferry departure times are limited from 7:00am through 7:00pm
- Non-Essential contractors will not be allowed ferry access
- Essential contractors will only be allowed limited ferry access
“Essential Services” shall be defined as those services that are necessary to maintain the safety and essential functions of a residence, and/or essential repairs being made to a golf cart. Essential services are not elective in nature.
“Essential contractors” include skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers, other related construction firms and professionals for emergency repair and for safety purposes. At this time, the island is allowing new home construction to continue where the general contractor can ensure appropriate social distancing and provide their own boat transportation to the island and private golf carts to the work sites for the work crews. There are currently two new homes under construction on Dewees Island.
We will continue to follow the guidance provided by Charleston County Emergency Management, South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
During this unprecedented time, we are requesting that owners:
- Refrain from having unnecessary guests visit the on the island
- Do not allow unaccompanied guests to utilize your home
We request that you consider both the dangers in traveling and the risk of potentially infecting your neighbors, including our seniors and others with weak immune systems or adverse health conditions.
Lastly, we request that all owners register themselves and their guests on the island, whether traveling by ferry or by personal watercraft. You may register by clicking this link, or scanning the QR code on the right. We request the following information:
- Names of all individuals at a particular lot on the island
- Dates/Duration of stay
- Primary point of contact and alternative emergency contact
- If you are sick, or experiencing any symptoms, do not ride on the ferry.
- If you are traveling from an area designated as a COVID-19 “hot spot”, or an area of substantial community spread, do not ride on the ferry.
- If you require medical assistance while on the island, dial 911.
None of us know exactly how this fluid situation will continue to evolve, but we do know that we have each other to count on. We have seen the Dewees spirit each day, as neighbors are picking up supplies for each other, in order to minimize exposure. Our staff will also assist with and arrange for the pickup and transport of necessary goods or supplies.
As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we all work together to protect our owners and staff. Please stay safe and find comfort in knowing that we will get through this together.
Click here to view the latest information from SC-DHEC
Click here to view SCEMD Website and Press Conference
Click here to view the SC Governor’s Executive Orders
Free MUSC Health Virtual Care Screening
SC Schools closed through April 30
Google: Coronavirus Resource Page