Bamberg, South Carolina (June 2020) – On June 10, Bamberg County announced that a Bamberg County employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee worked in the Bamberg County Courthouse Annex and has not had close contact with other county employees for at least a week. All county employees were informed of the positive case. Employees who worked in close proximity to the infected employee were tested for COVID-19 and will self-quarantine as necessary.
As a result of the precautions the county is taking, SC DHEC and CDC recommendations, and the June 3, 2020 Order of Chief Justice Beatty regarding Court Operations during the Seven-Week Period June 15 – July 31, 2020, some offices will be affected by staff shortages. These offices include the Bamberg County Magistrate’s Office, Treasurer’s Office, Auditor’s Office, Clerk of Court’s Office, and Probate Office. The public is encouraged to use the Bamberg County website www.bambergcountysc.gov to find phone numbers and email addresses for departments or staff and to utilize those avenues for contact rather than visit offices in-person whenever possible. Abstractors who need to conduct title searches should call 803-707-1301 to make an appointment and will be required to wear a mask, gloves, and be fever-free.
Bamberg County has implemented guidance from SC DHEC and the CDC, and is taking every recommended precaution to make the workplace as safe as practicable for the county’s essential employees and the public. The buildings and work areas will be frequently sanitized. Employees have been provided personal protective equipment and sanitizer for their work stations since mid-March. Bamberg County encourages all employees and the public to continue to practice social distancing, wear masks when in public or in close contact with others who may have been exposed to COVID-19, wash hands often, avoid touching your face, sanitize frequently touched surfaces, and stay home as much as practicable and, especially, if experiencing any signs of COVID-19 or if you have had contact with someone who has. For a list of testing facilities, please visit https://scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-screening-testing-sites