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Town of Bluffton News Flash

Posted on: August 19, 2020

Mayor's Message - August 19, 2020

Dear Bluffton,

The trend of  South Carolina COVID cases is decreasing. That’s the good news. 

The bad news:  there are still numerous active and new cases in the state, Beaufort County and Bluffton however, the trajectory is finally heading downward.

Thank you for continuing to be mindful of safety measures, precautions and best practices. As schools and other activities resume, I urge you to continue to practice infection control habits so this downward trajectory can continue.

Below are several news summaries which may be of interest to you.

  • Free COVID-19 Testing: Below are free testing sites which require no appointment, doctor’s referral or fee.
  • Whale Branch Middle School:  Wednesday, August 26, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Address: 169 State Highway
  • Hilton Head High School:  Wednesday, September 2, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Address:  1 Wilborn Road
  • Mobile Testing Clinics Around SC: To stay informed of where additional mobile testing clinics are located, please refer to link:  https://scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-mobile-pop-clinics.  This page is updated as new testing clinics are confirmed. Residents can also receive a test at one of the many permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19testing for more information on permanent testing locations.
  • South Carolina Department of Mental Health/Spanish-language Hotline: The SC Department of Mental Health launched a Spanish-language hotline for those suffering from mental health or addiction issues due to the pandemic. Callers do not need to provide any identifying information to talk with a support staffer. The Tu Apoyo, or “Your Support”, line is available 9:30am – 8 pm Monday – Friday. (833) 882-7696. More information - https://scdmh.net/16626-2/
  • DHEC’s Dr. Bell “Data shows wearing masks works”: DHEC released an analysis of cities/towns/counties where there is a local mask ordinance: As of August 12, nearly 40% of South Carolina residents (i.e. approximately 2 million residents), live in a jurisdiction which has a local mask ordinance. These jurisdictions have shown a 46.3 % greater decrease in the total number of cases during the 4 weeks after the requirements were implemented
  • Town Council adopts a two-year Strategic Plan:  Find out what the Town has planned for you during the next two years -- the Town of Bluffton’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2022 was recently adopted by Town Council  and is now available via the Town’s website at http://townofbluffton.sc.gov/507/Strategic-Plans. The 119-page, two-year strategic plan establishes the framework for guiding policy and financial decisions throughout the next two years. The plan is also a flexible tool, helping      Town Council to align town resources with strategic priorities to best benefit the residents and business owners of Bluffton. Each fiscal year begins July 1.
  • Make it Count Bluffton! /Census 2020/NEW DEADLINE -- September 30: The U.S. Census numbers is the one-stop shop for data about every community in the nation.  These figures help the Town of Bluffton apply for grants and funding sources to provide for our residents. How does the Census benefit you and the Town of Bluffton?  Based on our population growth and figures, the Town has received grants and other funding sources which has helped pay many public projects such as the new Calhoun Street Regional Dock, parks, hurricane reimbursement and so forth. Please, if you haven’t filled out the U.S. Census 2020, please take 5 minutes and do so.  We are counting on you to Make It Count for Bluffton! The link is:  www.2020Census.gov

Warmly, 

Mayor Lisa Sulka

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