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Town of Bluffton Spotlight

Posted on: April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Information

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Town of Bluffton leaders remain in close communication with federal, state and regional officials including representatives the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and area healthcare systems on the situation related to the coronavirus. 

In addition, Town officials are working to review and update Town plans, policies and procedures to reflect all current recommendations and best practices. 

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.
      • DO
        • Wear masks to help protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19
        • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
        • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your child
      • DO NOT
        • Put masks on someone two years and younger
        • Put masks on people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance
        • Wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators

Latest Update from the Town of Bluffton as of February 7, 2021 


U.S. View (Source: covid.cdc.gov)

  • 27,993,504     Confirmed Cases in the United States since 2/26/20 
  • 498,993           Total Deaths in the United States since 2/26/20 
  • 64,148            7-Day Moving Average – average change –trending downward 
  • 65.0M             Vaccine doses administered 
  • 13.4%             Population receiving at least the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 6%                  Population having received both doses of COVID-Vaccine

South Carolina View (Source: scdhec.gov/covid19)

  • 506,044          Confirmed Cases in South Carolina since 3/4/20 
  • 8357               Total Deaths in South Carolina since 3/4/20 
  • 1621               7-Day Moving Average – average change –trending downward 

Beaufort County View (Source: scdhec.gov/covid19)

  • 15,196            Confirmed Cases in Beaufort County since 3/4/20 
  • 177                 Total Deaths in Beaufort County since 3/4/20 
  • 350                  NEW Cases confirmed in Beaufort County in the WEEK ending 2/21/21 

Bluffton View (Source: scdhec.gov/covid19)

  • DATA NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO WEBSITE ISSUES WITH SCDHEC

Vaccinations (Source: scdhec.gov/covid19)

  • 5,148,714   Population of the state of South Carolina (data.census.gov)
  • 868,819     Total Doses Given in South Carolina to date 
  • 619,895      South Carolinians with the first dose of vaccine
  • 16.87%       Percentage of South Carolinians who have received at least the first dose of vaccine
  • 248,924      South Carolinians with both doses of vaccine
  • 4.83%        Percentage of South Carolinians completely vaccinated (received both doses) 

Additional Information

  • Residents of South Carolina 65 and older can now register for and receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Registration and appointment selection can be done at either
    • www.bit.ly/CCHHvaccinesignup
    • www.bit.ly/BMHvaccinesignup
    • Or residents can call the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control at 1-866-365-8110 anytime between 7a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
    • Nationwide vaccine availability to increase as much as 20+% this coming week as reported by Jeff Zients, Presidential COVID Response Coordinator
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tells us it is common for vaccine recipients to experience some common side effects such as:
    • Pain and/or swelling in the arm where vaccinated
    • Headache, Tiredness, Chills, and Mild Fever 
    • Contact your physician if any of these side effects become severe.
  • Tenet Health (Hilton Head and Coastal Carolina Hospital) has changed their schedule for COVID-19 TESTING, Free drive through testing will now be conducted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8am until 12 noon. 


Resources and Information

Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Information for Travel

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Those with questions about COVID-19 can call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff is answering calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

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