Corona Virus concerns increasing, affecting activities

With concerns about the spread of the corona virus increasing, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday the temporary closure of schools across the state as nine new cases of COVID-19 were identified. The governor said schools will be closed beginning Monday and going through the end of March.
That announcement also increased the concern on the local level.
As part of his announcement, the governor asked that public gatherings — indoor and outdoor — be limited to 100 people or less. That, however, does not include state or government gatherings or businesses.
Elections have been postponed and rescheduled until after May 1
As of March 15, AnMed Health has had two patients test presumptive positive for COVID-19. They are in isolation at AnMed Health. Following DHEC and CDC protocol, AnMed Health has been prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond to COVID-19.
Due to concerns for public health involving the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Judges of the Tenth Judicial Circuit have excused any citizens called to jury duty for Circuit Court for the weeks of March 23rd and March 30th.  If you received a juror summons, you do NOT have to appear at the Anderson County Courthouse.
At this time, the Anderson County Courthouse will remain open and available during our normal business hours unless further developments affect our community.

The Piedmont Mothers Club annual Spring Tea scheduled for March 28 at the Piedmont Community Building has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. For more information call Donna Hopkins at 1-864-859-0189 or cell 915-5872.

      The Bonnes Amies Club will postpone their 2020 Southern Traditions Luncheon due to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.   The original date was set for April 25th, 2020.  The new date is October 31, 2020.  If you have already purchased a ticket, it will be honored at the October date.  “We were hesitant to postpone the event but felt our attendees’ health and well-being were of utmost importance.  Please save the date – October 31, 2020.  Times will remain the same.   Thanks in advance and we look forward to seeing you in October,” said spokesperson Debbie Merritt.
The Town of Williamston Volunteer Dinner scheduled for this Thursday (Mar. 19) has been rescheduled by to April 16th.  Court will not be held in Williamston until after April 14th according to the Clerk of Court.
On Friday, Governor McMaster declared a state of emergency throughout the state to enhance the state’s response to the COVID-19 virus’ impact on the South Carolina.
Additional actions to be included in the governor’s executive order:
All state government offices shall remain open for operation during their normal business hour
Visitation at state and local correctional facilities in all 46 counties shall be suspended immediately
DHEC shall immediately restrict visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities with the exception of end of life situations
State price gouging laws shall go into effect immediately
The State Emergency Management Plan shall be activated