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Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to the DHEC care line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff is standing by to answer calls from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays.

CDC Guidance

Dorchester County strongly encourages residents to follow the below guidance from the CDC:

Avoid crowds

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Stay home

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Dorchester County Offices and Courts reopened to the general public on Monday, May 18, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution for residents and county staff several safety measures are in place.

However, it is highly recommended that residents and business owners continue to utilize online services. Convenience fees for certain online transactions remain waived until further notice.

Temperature Checks

Effective, Monday, May 18, 2020, all county employees, vendors, and visitors must have their temperature checked prior to entering the building. 

Temperatures will be taken via a tablet. Temperature are taken by standing with in three (3) feet of the tablet, limiting person-to-person contact. After the individuals temperature has been taken, they will be given a wristband that must be worn and visible while at county facilities. The wristband will grant the individual access to all county facilities, that day. Note: the color of the wristband will change daily.


Beginning, Monday, May 18, 2020, all vendors and visitors to county buildings will be required to bring and wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth at all times, while inside county facilities.

Security Guards

Dorchester County has contracted with an outside security firm to coordinate the temperature checks and to provide general security for county facilities, beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.

Senior Citizens 

Beginning Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the hours of 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM will be reserved for senior citizens. This policy will be in place every Wednesday thereafter, until further notice. 

Mobile Testing Sites

Dorchester County and Fetter Heath Care Network (FHCN) have partnered to offer mobile COVID-19 screening and testing. The mobile site will be in different locations throughout Dorchester County beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.

Screening and testing will be conducted Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Each site will be accessible for walk-up and drive-thru testing.

Mobile testing sites:

 Date  Location
Mon, May 18  Williams Memorial Elementary, 290 S. Metts Street, St.George

Wed, May 20

Miles Road Baptist, 816 Miles Jamison Road, Summerville

Fri, May 22

Cathedral of Praise, 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston

Tue, May 26

Clayhill Elementary, 387 South Railroad Avenue, Ridgeville

Thur, May 28

Alston Middle School, 500 Bryan Street, Summerville

Wed, June 3

Odyssey Education Center, 145 Hill Street, Harleyville

Fri, June 5

Dorchester Presbyterian, 10290 Dorchester Road, Summerville

Individuals experiencing cough, fever and shortness of breath can request a screening at or by calling 1-800-365-7410 to connect with a Fetter provider. Residents are asked to wear face coverings and practice safe social distancing while at the mobile testing site.

Currently, all insurance providers in South Carolina are covering the full cost of COVID-19 testing. Patient insurance information will be processed, during testing. Co-pays or deductibles will not be charged. All patients will be served regardless of their ability to pay.