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Myrtle Beach ups emergency response after cases confirmed in Horry County

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The City of Myrtle Beach has upped its emergency response amid the coronavirus health threat.

The city joined Horry County in going to OPCON 2.

All city offices will operate as usual Monday but be closed to the public and that could change later in the week. City staff should report to work as usual, if possible.

City meetings and city-related events scheduled for the coming week will be postponed to a later date. Announcements about meetings and events for subsequent weeks will be provided in a timely manner. Municipal Court, including the new Quality of Life Court, will be rescheduled to a later date.

Solid waste services will be on their usual schedule this week. The city’s water system is safe, thanks to the treatment and disinfectant processes. Water service will continue without interruption.

In addition to the hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies provided last week at public counters in city buildings, starting tomorrow city staff will use disinfectant to wipe down high-contact public counters and entry door handles every 30 minutes as an extra precaution.

The city's 911 dispatchers are pre-screening emergency calls to determine whether any respiratory distress is involved.

One City of Myrtle Beach firefighter is self-quarantined after a tertiary contact with the Grand Strand Medical Center patient. The firefighter did not come in direct contact with the patient, but someone in his immediate family had limited contact with the patient. None of the city’s personnel or equipment has had direct contact with the positive patient at Grand Strand Medical Center.

Remember that utility payment drop boxes are available at the City Services Building. You also may pay utility bills online. See HERE for more information.

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The city will suspend water cutoffs during this emergency period.

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