The US has 215,215* cases and 5,110 deaths as of 11:31pm on April 1, 2020.
South Carolina has 1293* confirmed cases in 41 of 46 counties. We have had 18 deaths.
According to Governor McMaster, there are no plans currently for a statewide curfew or mandatory shelter-in-place order. He did ask non-essential services and businesses to close.
Schools, bars, restaurants, movie theaters are all closed. People are asked not to gather in crowds larger than 10. Restaurants are only open for takeout orders.
Methods to stay safe: Practice social distancing and wash your hands often. Pump gas using gloves or a paper towel. Avoid large crowds, and stay home if possible.
Get plenty of exercise and fresh air, but still practice social distancing.
If you can't pay your bills, call your bill collectors. Call your mortgage company and ask for a forbearance. Call your car loan company and ask for a forbearance as well. Most utilities are not disconnecting services because of this pandemic.
There is currently no moratorium on evictions in SC yet. Many other states have issued these moratoriums, but SC has not. If you are having trouble, let your landlord know ASAP.
Stimulus Package- Here are the big points:
1. No payments on federal student loans until September 30, 2020. Call your federal student loan provider. Private student loans are not covered in this bill.
2. $1200 stimulus checks per adult and $500 per child as long as the adjusted gross income is less than $75,000 for single filers, $112,500 for head of household single filers, and $150,000 for joint filers
3. Low interest loans for small businesses that may be forgiven. You must go to your bank to apply.
4. Unemployment benefits; you must file through your state. File as soon as possible, and do your weekly verifications. https://dew.sc.gov/
For up-to-date information in SC:
Latest case count world:
If you need financial assistance:
For the latest news about COVID-19
Information for people struggling to pay their bills
Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741
National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255
Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000
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*Information is rapidly changing. Please check the websites for up-to-the minute data on new cases and deaths. This page is only updated once daily.