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Dorchester County Closes Summerville Magistrate Court, Hearings Canceled

Post Date:06/30/2020 3:18 PM

A Dorchester County Magistrate Court staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, the Dorchester County Magistrate Court located at the Troy Knight Judicial Center near Summerville will be closed for the remainder of the week for cleaning and sanitizing.

Until further notice, all filings must be submitted to the St. George Magistrate Court located at 5200 E. Jim Bilton Blvd. Note: All filings done in-person and by-mail will be quarantined for 24-hours.

All Civil, Criminal, and Traffic Court hearings scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday, July 2 have been canceled. Defendants will be notified by mail of their new court date. Defendants should notify the court directly, if their address has changed.

As of now, all cases scheduled for the week of July 6, 2020 will continue as scheduled. Note: Cases scheduled for the week of July 6, 2020 are subject to change.

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Continue to Rise

As of 12:00 PM today, Tuesday, June 30 the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Services (SCDHEC) confirmed there are 240 active cases of COVID-19 in Dorchester County.

The total number of cases reported in Dorchester County is 712. Cases are removed from SCDHEC’s (current/active) count 14 days after they are confirmed.

The above are only the confirmed case numbers. SCDHEC estimates the true number of cases in Dorchester County to be upwards of 4,374. These numbers will continue to rise if we do not remain vigilant and stop the spread of germs

Social Distancing Saves Lives

Social Distancing means staying home as much as possible, staying at least 6 feet away from other people while in public, and avoiding gatherings with many people present. 

Everyone should wash their hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. These are the best ways to protect yourself and our community from the spread of COVID-19. 

Wear a Mask When Social Distancing Isn’t Possible

COVID-19 can be transmitted quickly and easily—even by people who aren’t experiencing symptoms. Next time you go out of your home to the grocery store, pharmacy, or other public spaces; please wear a mask.