As of March 28, 2020
The obvious news which is preying on the minds of everyone is the virus threatening our communities.
Only a few short weeks ago, we were in boom times. The General Assembly had just finished approving the annual budget which included trying to decide what to do with a nearly $2 billion surplus.
Oh, what a difference a week makes.
The State House met the week of March 23 for an abbreviated session and quickly approved $45 million out of the surplus to be used by DHEC for testing supplies and additional equipment.
While these last few days have been trying for everyone in South Carolina and across the nation, I want to thank our first responders, health workers, and others who are working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our state.
Governor McMaster and State public health officials issued a briefing on March 24 on the Coronavirus outbreak and closed all schools until the end of April. The Governor has also ordered some, but not all, private businesses to close as well.
These closures are a real hardship for many families and employers throughout Greenville & Spartanburg counties. If there is any particular need your family or business has please contact me, and I will try to do what I can to find the answer.
With so little solid data available, it is important to be cautious during these uncertain times with the goal being to reduce the opportunity for any infection to spread in our respective communities. I am hopeful that no more serious restrictions will be placed on our citizens.
To help students be able to continue learning in a virtual environment, free Wi-Fi services were made available when schools first closed. Charter Communications through the Spectrum network has offered students free Wi-Fi in homes where it is not already installed and opening up their hotspots to the public nationwide.
Even though I cannot get out to personally meet with folks, I can still be contacted on my cell phone 864-303-2726 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always I look forward to hearing from you.
Chumley is the current South Carolina State House of Representative District 35, which is the district that includes the Woodruff area.