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update icon Latest Updates - November 25, 2020

An Update from Deputy Town Manager Josh Gruber

Here's an update on what's happening around Town:

For the holidays, our Fire Rescue Division and other local businesses and groups have organized a number of activities for you to enjoy. As you participate in activities, please be mindful of COVID-19 precautions to protect you and others. Together, we can keep our community safe. Also, over the holidays, there may be changes in schedules and services provided by state and local agencies. We will try our best to keep you aware of information as we receive it. We encourage you to plan accordingly if you are seeking services, assistance and even information that may impact you and your family.

COVID-19 Data from S.C. DHEC Not Available on Holidays
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will not report daily COVID-19 numbers on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Data for those three days will be clearly provided in the following day's report. DHEC officials are encouraging all South Carolinians to safely celebrate this holiday season and to remember the importance of mental and emotional health. It's important to take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media, to make time to unwind and to connect with others.

S.C. DHEC Announces New Analysis Timeframe for COVID-19 Data
As part of DHEC's continuous improvement efforts to enhance the quality of information DHEC provides, daily COVID-19 data will be provided with a 24-hour delay beginning Friday, November 27, 2020. This delay will allow for more robust analysis of data before it's publicly reported. DHEC's epidemiologists and data analysts will have greater time to review the vast amounts of data and information reported to the agency each day and will have additional time for data validation, verification of death reports, and improvements in processing large data files submitted from reporting partners. This also will allow DHEC's data and medical experts more time to identify and investigate any data inconsistencies or abnormalities.

This transition in no way affects the agency's efforts to protect public health and limit disease spread. Case investigators will continue to attempt contact with all positive cases within 24 hours of our notification of their positive result.

Hospital bed occupancy information will continue to be updated daily without a 24-hour delay, as that is information reported by hospitals directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services each day.

Extensive reporting on county-level information, demographics and more about coronavirus cases is available at You can also find case data on our website at

COVID-19 Testing
Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 will not be available on Thanksgiving Day at Hilton Head Hospital (25 Hospital Center Blvd. on Hilton Head Island) and Coastal Carolina Hospital (1000 Medical Center Drive in Hardeeville). The hospitals' free COVID-19 drive-thru testing will resume the following day from 8 a.m. to noon. No appointment or doctor's order is needed.

If You Gotta Go at Crossings Park, More Restrooms are Ready for You
We've completed our new restrooms for the meadow and soccer fields at Crossings Park, 4 Haig Point Circle. This facility features a restroom for females, a restroom for males, and a steady supply of soap to help you keep your hands clean. Prior to this new addition, the only bathrooms at Crossings Park were those by the baseball fields. Work crews started the $124,500 project in July and finished this month. On Tuesday, the Town issued a certificate of occupancy, declaring the restrooms ready for use. Park restrooms will be open from sunup to 10 p.m., and the Town's janitorial service will clean them daily.

Mitchelville Freedom Park - Underbrushing Approved for Archaeological Survey
Notice some clearing work happening at the Mitchelville Freedom Park? That's part of the preparation work for an archaeological survey. With a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the Mitchelville Preservation Project is completing the survey for the Park.  For this survey, the Town has given Mitchelville approval to underbrush some sections of the park on Beach City Road. This will clear the way for the archaeological team to use geothermal technology to survey and uncover locations within the undeveloped portions of the site. This information will aid in the completion of a full archaeological survey.  The results will inform the park's final Master Plan and prevent development at key historical locations on the site. The underbrushing work will take place in seven areas of the site over 45 days.

Holiday Help for Families
Several agencies in our area are offering help for families during the holidays. For information on available help and holiday programs, visit the community resource page of our COVID-19 Hub on the website.

Holiday Happenings
Starting Thanksgiving Day, we have several activities planned to get you in the holiday spirit.

Santa Mail: Children can write letters to Santa and drop them off at mailboxes in front of any of our fire stations. Letters will go directly to the North Pole so start writing them now! Be sure to include a return address.

  • Fire Station 1 - 70 Cordillo Parkway (entrance to Shipyard)
  • Fire Station 2 - in the Sea Pines Shoppes
  • Fire Station 3 - 534 William Hilton Parkway (next to First Presbyterian Church)
  • Fire Station 4 - 400 Squire Pope Rd (across from The Boathouse)
  • Fire Station 5 - 20 Whooping Crane Way (front gate of Hilton Head Plantation)
  • Fire Station 6 - 12 Dalmatian Lane (Palmetto Dunes)
  • Fire Station 7 - 1001 Marshland Road (near the Cross Island office)
  • Fire Rescue Headquarters - 40 Summit Drive (just past the convenience center)

Keep the Wreath Green: A wreath illuminated with all green bulbs will be in front of Fire Station #3 at 534 William Hilton Parkway (next to First Presbyterian Church). A green bulb will be changed to a red one if a preventable fire (cooking, smoking, space heaters, candles, etc.) occurs during the holiday season. This wreath is a reminder of the safety precautions we should take throughout the year and especially during the holiday season. Our goal is to keep the wreath green through January 2, 2021. Check the status of the wreath at; click on "Keep the Wreath Green."

Christmas Light Display at Fire Station #3: Fire Rescue will turn on the Christmas Light Display at Fire Station #3 (534 William Hilton Parkway, next to First Presbyterian Church) at dusk on Thanksgiving Day. Drive by and enjoy the scenery. Lights will be turned on around dusk each evening through January 3, 2021.

Holiday Toy and Food Drive for the Deep Well Project: Beginning Friday, November 27th, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue will be collecting non-perishable food items and new unwrapped toys for the Deep Well Project. New unwrapped toys for children ages 1-12 may be dropped off by December 11th, at Fire Station #3, 534 William Hilton Parkway (next to First Presbyterian Church). Visit the Christmas light display and help your neighbors at the same time.

Holiday Lights Around Town: Starting Friday, November 27th, residents and visitors will be able to enjoy Christmas lights installed throughout the medians on William Hilton Parkway as well as at Shelter Cove Community Park and Compass Rose Park. Lights will be on nightly from 6 p.m. through 2 a.m.

Town Administrative Offices Closed for Thanksgiving
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Town administrative offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday. On behalf of the Town staff, I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day.