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Coronavirus Advisory

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE:  CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
UPDATED:  9:00 P.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

VACCINES & TESTING SITES

COVID Vaccines...  Are you vaccinated?  It’s free and easy, and now’s the time.  We’re watching the positive COVID testing numbers climb again.  Not a good thing.  Getting a vaccination against COVID is the way to fight that, and it very well may keep you and your family healthy.  Vaccinations will fight COVID so that we don’t need to go back to masks, restrictions and other measure to stay safe.  Get the vaccine, if you haven’t already.  At least half the population has so far.

The Myrtle Beach Fire Department hosts a weekly vaccination clinic from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays at the City Services Building, 921 North Oak Street.  Crews administer the Moderna vaccine to registered individuals.  To register, see https://bit.ly/MBFDVaccinePlease arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow time for pre-screening.  For more information, call 843-918-1255.  To find more vaccine providers near you, visit SCDHEC's Vaccine Appointment webpage.

Testing Sites...  To find a list of free COVID-19 testing locations in South Carolina, click hereNot all cases report experiencing all symptoms, so testing is best if you have any symptoms or if you have come into contact with a positive case.

Masks...  As of September 2021, the CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status due to new variants of the virus.  Masks stop the spread by protecting you and your loved ones.

OVERVIEW

Myrtle Beach’s Declaration of Civil Emergency expired May 31, 2021.  We are more than a year into the global pandemic caused by COVID-19.  By now, the public fully understands the importance of health and safety protocols, including the use of face coverings, where appropriate.  Your health and safety are our top priority!  

Myrtle Beach city facilities returned to 100-percent capacity, effective May 1, 2021.  Announcements about meetings and events are provided in the Friday Fax email.  Fill out the simple Sign Up Form at the bottom of the Friday Fax webpage.  Or, see our Meeting Schedule and Events webpages for more information.  

For a downloadable list of city services and staff contact information, click here.  

Here are links to the related COVID-19 files....

Utility payment drop boxes are available at the City Services Building, 921 North Oak Street.  The city's drive-through service window is also open.  You also may pay utility bills online.  See the links below for more information.  Questions?  Call 843-918-1212 or send an email to mbutilpay@cityofmyrtlebeach.com for information.

DO YOUR PART:  “FOLLOW THE FIVE” AND HELP SAVE LIVES

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The CDC recommends indoor masking for all, regardless of vaccination status.  The coronavirus illness is more severe among the elderly or those with pre-existing health conditions and compromised immune systems.  However, public health is a shared responsibility!  Follow the five steps below to ensure we protect our community, state and country from the coronavirus.

  1. Keep yourself healthy…  The best defense against respiratory illness – the common cold, flu or the coronavirus – is to keep yourself healthy.  Practice cleanliness, stay hydrated and eat healthy foods that contain Vitamin C and Vitamin D.  Feeling unwell?  Stay home!  Keep away from others and find a testing site immediately.
  2. Wear a mask!  As of September 2021, the CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status due to new variants of the virus.  Masks stop the spread by protecting you and your loved ones.
  3. Care for your hands and face…  Wash your hands, and often, for 20 seconds with warm water and soap.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.  Do not touch your face!  And, disinfect surfaces touched within your home and work space as often as possible, including all electronic devices!
  4. Cover coughs and sneezes…  Always cough or sneeze into an elbow, and immediately sanitize the area affected.  When possible, cough or sneeze into tissues and discard in secure trash can straightaway.
  5. Distance yourself from others…  Maintain a distance of six feet, or more.  Avoid public places by ordering take out foods and utilize pick-up grocery services.

COVID-19 INFO & HELPFUL LINKS

What are the symptoms?  Coronavirus infection in humans can result in respiratory illness ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as pneumonia.  The symptoms are similar to those caused by other respiratory viruses, such as the flu, and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. 

How does the virus spread?  The virus is spread by direct contact with respiratory droplets that are sneezed or coughed from people who are ill.  At this time, there is no specific treatment for the illness.  Instead, treatment involves supportive care for symptoms.  Efforts are underway to develop a vaccine.  Currently, it is thought that the novel coronavirus virus spreads from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet).  Based on other coronaviruses, symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after someone is exposed. 

Choose information sources wisely...  Information about this new illness is still developing, but be aware of the “infodemic” which often accompanies such a topic.  False information already exists online about the coronavirus, so stick to reliable websites for your information and updates.  Here are several sites to consider.