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KellyGram – COVID-19 (Continued)

 

 

I know that I’ve written about this in several recent KellyGrams, but COVID-19 continues to occupy many of my thoughts, particularly in light of the growing number of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths that are occurring across the country and especially here in South Carolina. As our state begins to operate more freely, we continue to be proactive in the precautionary measures we take at Mike Kelly Law Group to protect our firm and our clients from the risk of infection. Richland County, where our HQ is located, has been hard hit, and I applaud Mayor Benjamin and Columbia City Council for taking measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 by passing an ordinance on Tuesday that will substantially increase the use of protective face coverings in public.

Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach—another MKLG home base—has been labeled one of the state’s top “hot spots” for COVID-19 outbreaks. I travel there almost every week, and the visitors flocking to our beautiful beaches on the Grand Strand appear to have zero concern for the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic. Bars and restaurants are crowded, there’s little to no social distancing, and face masks are a rare sighting.

On Sunday, PGA superstar Justin Thomas commented on his similar observations at Hilton Head Island after a fellow PGA player tested positive for COVID-19 during the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, one of the showcase events in our state. He frankly reported that Hilton Head is a beautiful place, but no one seemed to be observing precautionary measures or taking the pandemic seriously.

We are all experiencing “quarantine fatigue,” but if we, as Americans and South Carolinians, do not continue to act responsibly during this pandemic, we have little hope of safely resuming our normal lives until an effective vaccine is developed and made widely available. We must all do our part for the greater good, and I urge you to encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same!

 

Have a safe weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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