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COVID-19 Response

Charleston County Economic Development (CCED) continues to monitor impacts to our existing industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. CCED remains committed to doing business and providing service. If you have a relationship with a CCED staff member, please reach out to them via phone or email. If you are unsure of who to contact, email info@charlestoncountydevelopment.org and your email will be answered in a timely manner.

**On April 20, 2020 Governor Henry McMaster created accelerateSC to serve as the coordinated COVID-19 advisory team to consider and recommend economic revitalization plans for South Carolina. The associated one-stop-shop website is being continually enhanced to help citizens connect to important information during these changing times.

On a regional level, One Region Ready, seeks to provide guidance to businesses and employees on how and when to safely reopen businesses. The strategy leverages expertise from business, healthcare, nonprofit, and government sectors to create a coordinated, science-based approach to restoring the local economy.

DHEC COVID-19 Vaccine Locator

South Carolina is offering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible individuals. All South Carolinians age 5* and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. Find more information on eligibility and where to find vaccines.

*The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for those 5 and older. Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are approved for 18 and up.

Charleston County Government News Releases

Charleston County Emergency Management recommends citizens and staff follow guidelines from S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Charleston County Citizens Information Line is available Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Citizen Info Line: 843.746.3900
Spanish Line: 843.746.3909

SCDHEC Care Line: 1-855-472-3432 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for questions about COVID-19
MUSC Health: Virtual Care 843-792-7000 or http://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html
Roper St Francis Virtual Care: http://rsfh.com/virtualcare

South Carolina Department of Commerce

SC Commerce, through Emergency Support Function (ESF) 24, is closely monitoring developments and is available via email at ESF24@emd.sc.gov to answer non-medical questions related to business and industry support. Visit their Business Resource Center for more resources.

South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce (DEW)

Effective June 26, 2021, the state of South Carolina is no longer participating in any of the federal pandemic unemployment programs. This includes PUA, PEUC, FPUC, and MEUC. Review COVID-19 resources on the S.C. Dept. of Employment and Workforce page.

DHS Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Report

Department of Homeland Security has identified a list of sectors and essential critical infrastructure workers as an initial recommended set and intends to be overly inclusive reflecting the diversity of industries across the United States. View website. 


FINANCIAL RESOURCES

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Relief Options

The SBA offers multiple relief options to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the SBA COVID-19 relief options page for more information.

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) is an SBA-backed loan designed to help businesses maintain workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program ended on May 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may check to see if they are eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

BCDCOG Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)

The primary purpose of the RLF is to aid in the creation and retention of jobs in the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester region. Read more the program and email BCDCOG Finance Manager Katie Paschall before submitting an application.

LDC

The Charleston LDC is a community-driven nonprofit dedicated to growing the local economy by providing flexible, affordable, and customizable loans to small businesses. Apply online.

ENTERPRISE ZONE RETRAINING FUNDS

Manufacturing, processing, and technology intensive companies located in South Carolina have the opportunity to receive a refund for “retraining” employees. If a manufacturing company is doing new or additional manufacturing on behalf of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, and having to train employees to learn a new process or equipment, the EZone program could help a company recoup some of those training dollars. Learn more


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Guidance on Preparing Workforce for COVID-19

Lowcountry Local First

Charleston Restaurant Options

SC Manufacturers Alliance COVID-19 Resources

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resource

City of Charleston Coronavirus updates

City of North Charleston Coronavirus updates

Town of Mount Pleasant Coronavirus Updates

The Post & Courier COVID-19 Coverage

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control 

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