Myrtle Beach declares state of emergency amid viral concerns | Covid-19 coverage
The city of Myrtle Beach has joined with other local governments in declaring a state of emergency over concerns about the coronavirus.
The Horry County Government, Conway and Surfside Beach have issued similar proclamations.
On Sunday morning, the Grand Strand Medical Center confirmed that a patient at the hospital had tested positive for COVID-19, an illness caused by the virus. It was the first case of coronavirus in the county. So far, 28 cases have been confirmed statewide, including three in Horry.
Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune said the closure of Horry County schools for the remainder of the month “is going to change the way we now have to react and the things that we put in place.”
Senior officials and the city’s emergency management team met on a conference call to assess the situation, review the Myrtle Beach pandemic plan, and review the next steps to move forward. forward.
The city is monitoring the situation and has been in contact with hospitals and state and county officials, as well as the Department of Health and Environmental Control of SC and Centers for Disease Control.
Myrtle Beach officials will meet at 8 a.m. on Monday to discuss the matter further and receive an update on the situation. They will talk about measures that would better help community members, especially those like the elderly, Bethune said.
Officials will also speak to city department managers and discuss any decisions that need to be made regarding Myrtle Beach staff members.
City offices and facilities, including recreation centers and the Chapin Memorial Library, will be closed to the public starting Monday, according to a press release from the City of Myrtle Beach.
City meetings and city-related events scheduled for the coming week will be postponed. The municipal court, including the new quality of life court, is also in the process of being rescheduled.
Solid waste management services will operate normally this week.
Starting Monday, city staff will use disinfectant to wipe down high-contact public counters and front door handles every half hour.
Myrtle Beach 911 dispatchers pre-screen emergency calls to determine if there is respiratory distress.