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COVID-19 funeral assistance -- registration line to open next Monday A message from the "Chief of Recovery and MitigationSouth Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD)"

COVID-19 funeral assistance -- registration line to open next Monday A message from the "Chief of Recovery and MitigationSouth Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD)"
 
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"All,
 
The registration line for COVID-19 funeral assistance will open Monday, April 12. An overview is available at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance; see also FEMA’s funeral assistance policy for additional detail.
 
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
 
Applications begin on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
 
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time
 
Funeral assistance frequently asked questions
 
Online registration is not available. Assistance will be based on actual expenses for funeral costs up to $9,000 for each COVID-19 death for which the applicant is responsible (to a maximum of $35,500 if there were multiple deaths in the household/family).
 
Documentation needed to support an application for assistance will be:
 
· An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
 
· Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.
 
· Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. FEMA is not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.
 
FEMA and its contractor will be administering the application process and distribution of assistance funds, so SCEMD is not likely to have additional information beyond what FEMA presents on its web pages, and we will not have access to information about individual applicants. If questions or issues arise, we will, however, support addressing those with FEMA."

South Carolina Legal Services ... April is Second Chances Month!

April is Second Chances Month! We are excited to bring you new resources on topics like:
*Pardons
*Expungements
*Reinstating your drivers license
*And other issues with barriers to employment
In addition to providing new resources, we'll also be holding virtual presentations and a Facebook Live Q&A! Check out the dates below!:
*April 7th: Virtual Presentation on Expungement
*April 14th: Virtual Presentation on Reinstating Your Drivers License
*April 21st: Virtual Presentation on Pardons
*April 28th: Facebook Live Q&A
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All South Carolinians Aged 16 and Older to be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning March 31, 2021

All South Carolinians Aged 16 and Older to be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning March 31, 2021
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 26, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced today that all South Carolinians aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 31, 2021 and can begin scheduling their appointments as of next Wednesday.
“Our priority with the vaccine has been to save the lives of those at the greatest risk of dying. By staying the course and resisting distractions, we’ve expanded South Carolinians’ access and eligibility for vaccinations faster than originally anticipated,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our state’s health care professionals, we are now able to make the vaccine available to anyone who wants it, and to do so ahead of schedule.”
“We started by making vaccine available to those who were most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19; the elderly, those with high risk of exposure at work, and those with medical conditions that worsen the effects of COVID-19,” said Dr. Edward Simmer, DHEC Director. “Today, about a year after the COVID-19 crisis began, we are now able to offer three very safe and effective vaccines to all South Carolina residents – another step on our path to take control of COVID-19 instead of it controlling us and getting back to normal. ”
On March 8, South Carolina moved into Phase 1b of the vaccination plan, which allowed those 55 and older, everyone with increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease, and all frontline workers with increased occupational risk to receive the vaccine. Since then, DHEC and other vaccine providers have administered an average of 23,323 doses per day, totaling 419,816 administered doses since March 8.
“Thanks to the outstanding work of many people, including volunteers, community groups, vaccine providers, and especially the people of South Carolina, we have given over 1.8 million doses of vaccine to over 1.1 million South Carolinians in just over three months," said Simmer.
In all, DHEC and other vaccine providers have administered a total of 1,818,939 doses of vaccine to South Carolina residents, with 1,163,103 South Carolinians having received at least one dose and 617,787 South Carolinians having completed vaccination. As of today, approximately 15% of South Carolina’s population has been fully vaccinated.
Ages for Vaccines
Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 16-18. All three vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen—are available to those aged 18 and older.
According to CDC guidelines, here's what you can do once you’ve been fully vaccinated.
“Spring, and especially Easter, is a time of hope, and with the COVID-19 vaccines becoming available to all South Carolinians, we can all be hopeful for a better tomorrow,” said Simmer. “I encourage all South Carolinians who have not been vaccinated to receive the vaccine as soon as possible and to continue to wear their masks, and socially distance, to ensure that we save as many lives as we can.”
How to make an appointment?
Online appointments can be made by using scdhec.gov/vaxlocator or you can call DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 for help.
 
 
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All South Carolinians Aged 16 and Older to be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning March 31, 2021 | SCDHEC

COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE FROM FEMA. PLEASE READ AND SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS...

COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE FROM FEMA. PLEASE READ AND SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS...
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
We are working with stakeholder groups to get their input on ways we can best provide this assistance, and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.
Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation...