With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) currently impacting the U.S., we've compiled a list of resources and information to help you and your family stay informed.
🌎 General Information:
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain first reported in late 2019 in the Wuhan, China area. Since then, the virus has been reported in a number of countries around the globe, including the United States. Early reports indicated cases were connected with travelers from China, but more recent reports indicate cases with no known connection to China.
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
The CDC has set up a landing page with a variety of information on the Coronavirus including a helpful section on What You Should Know, which outlines:
And a map which highlights states and countries with reported cases of COVID-19.
World Health Organization (WHO)
On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
DHEC is closely monitoring a rapidly emerging outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in the city of Wuhan, China.
If you have questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekdays. Call 1-855-472-3432.
📺 Media Literacy:
The Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center
As the Wuhan coronavirus and the disease it causes — also known as COVID-19 — spread across the globe, so does disinformation and misinformation. Follow the spread of this dangerous information with NewsGuard’s new Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center.
😷 Health & Safety Resources:
Per SC DHEC, South Carolinians can take the following steps to help stay healthy:
- washing your hands,
- covering your cough,
- staying home when you’re sick, and
- appropriately disposing tissues and other items that you've sneezed or coughed into.
**DHEC continues to encourage people who are unvaccinated to get the flu vaccine. This protects individuals and the public and reduces confusion of more common respiratory illnesses with possible COVID-19 illnesses.
What to Do if You Are Sick:
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Local Emergency Services Guide:
Compiled by Richland Library’s Social Workers, this guide contains contact information, locations and types of medical services offered for those seeking free or low-cost medical assistance.
MUSC Online Screenings:
MUSC Health is offering free virtual care consultations and screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina with the promo code COVID19, for both new and existing patients. If you have immediate health concerns and wish to speak to a medical professional, MUSC recommends a virtual care visit to speak to a provider online. You can also call 843-792-7000 for more information. MUSC Health Virtual Care can be accessed by phone, online, or through chats.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
✈️ Travel Advisories and Info:
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
DHEC and the CDC currently recommend avoiding all nonessential travel to China and South Korea, as well as following the CDC’s recommendations regarding travel to other countries affected by COVID-19.
World Health Organization:
Posts regular updates on recommendations for international traffic in relation to COVID-19 outbreak as well as this helpful video.
🏫 School Information & Closings:
Local school districts are monitoring the Coronavirus and its potential impact on the Midlands. Use the links below to check their official websites and social media profiles for the latest on school impacts or closings.
Richland County School District One
Richland School District Two
Lexington-Richland School District 5