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Due to COVID-19, Georgetown County offices are open on a limited basis at this time. Residents are asked to call or e-mail the department you have business with before coming to county facilities. Many requests can be met virtually, saving you a trip. Admittance to county facilities is currently on an appointment-only basis. Visit our online newsroom for more information.

 

County Council passes ordinance requiring face masks
July 2, 2020

Beginning July 3, employees and members of the public will be required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth in Georgetown County businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and retail stores. Restaurant patrons are exempt while dining, but employees must wear a mask at all times while having face-to-face interaction with the public.

Businesses are required to post written notification at their main entrance notifying customers of the new law. One may be downloaded below, or businesses may create their own.

The ordinance will be in place for 60 days, unless terminated sooner by council. Anyone found in violation of the ordinance may be fined for each offense.

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Magistrate's Office and Central Traffic Court Closure

June 29, 2020

The Georgetown Magistrate’s Office and Central Traffic Court are closed for 14 days effective immediately due to exposure to COVID-19.

 

Residents advised to continue to take precautions as COVID-19 numbers rise
June 23, 2020

 During the month of June, Georgetown County has seen a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases reported. As of noon today, there are 190 active cases among those who reside in the county – more than were added during the combined months of March, April and May.

“COVID-19 is still a serious issue here and across the nation, and if people don’t take precautions to stop the spread, it will get worse before it gets better,” said Brandon Ellis, head of Georgetown County’s Emergency Management Department.

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Preliminary results announced for Primary Election

June 9, 2020

Georgetown County will have a new Treasurer in July 2021, and Deputy Coroner Chase Ridgeway will become the new Coroner in January, according to preliminary election results. Council District 2 is too close to call. Total voter turnout in Georgetown County was 30 percent -- more than double that of the primary elections in 2016 and 2012. 

The Georgetown County Board of Elections and Voter Registration will hold provisional ballot hearings and certify election results on Thursday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at the Elections office, located at 303 N. Hazard St., Georgetown.

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Georgetown County Counts campaign encourages census participation
May 1, 2020

Across S.C., census participation numbers have been disappointing. Totals reported by the Census Bureau show only 49 percent of households in the Palmetto State have completed the census, and the totals are even lower in Georgetown County.

South Carolina ranks 40th in the nation for census participation, and Georgetown County ranks 39th in the state. 

“Data from the 2020 census can have a huge impact on our community, and communities across the nation,” said Angela Christian, Georgetown County Administrator. “For the next decade, these numbers will impact the amount of federal funding we receive, how much representation we have in government at the state and national levels, and even where businesses choose to locate. It is imperative that every resident in Georgetown County be counted.”

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Partnership helps bring broadband to rural Georgetown County
April 30, 2020

Georgetown County Economic Development has been working with HTC to bring broadband services to the county’s most rural areas – an action that will provide a powerful movement forward for rural residents and workers.

Broadband is high-speed internet that is used in most of our daily activities. Whether it’s surfing the internet for clothing or trying to pull up lesson plans from schools, broadband has shaped the way we view life today. Areas that don’t have broadband are at a severe disadvantage in many respects. This can cause vast disparities for different parts of the world, and even between communities within the same county.

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