Hilton Head Island
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We are all tired of COVID-19, but the pandemic is not over yet. The contagious Delta variant of the virus is spreading through our communities. Not only is it causing increased infections but it is causing chaos among people for and against wearing masks and getting vaccinated. I had hoped that by now we would have returned to more normalcy in our lives. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
In May, as mandatory rules about wearing masks ended, most of us became comfortable not wearing one. Nearly two months later, we experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases in our community and in-patient admissions at our local hospitals. With this increase, we find ourselves in the position, once again, where we need to protect ourselves, our families, and especially our children.
Last month, Hilton Head Island Town Council approved a state of emergency to allow our town manager to implement preventative measures against COVID-19 in accordance with latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reports of infection rates from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). This resolution allows us to host virtual meetings for town council and various town committees. It requires anyone entering town buildings to wear a face mask. Many municipalities across the country have enacted similar declarations.
By having virtual meetings, we are limiting our face-to-face interactions so we do not spread COVID-19. By asking everyone to wear a face mask in town buildings, we are offering a level of protection for town staff, town council members, and the public. We hope that when you are in public, you will take into consideration the possibility that you could encounter someone who is a carrier of the virus that causes COVID-19. You know the situations when you should wear a mask for your protection.
I have a feeling our fight against COVID-19 is far from over, but we can slow its spread. Take the necessary precautions whether you are vaccinated or not. If you are not vaccinated, please consider it. Above all, be respectful of each other's personal decisions.