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:
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.
**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.
When wearing a mask, South Carolinians should:
Make sure you can breathe through it
Wear it whenever going out in public
Make sure it covers your nose and mouth
Wash your hands before taking it on or off
Wash after using
You should not:
Use on children under age 2
Touch the front of the mask
Use surgical masks needed by healthcare workers
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.
Expansive testing helps us to quickly identify hot spots, catch outbreaks before they spread, and indicate where resources are most needed. Learn more about the South Carolina Statewide Testing Plan for COVID-19 here.
South Carolina is currently in Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout.
According to DHEC Phase 1B includes:
Anyone aged 55 and up
People with increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
People aged 16-54 with one or more high-risk medical conditions:
People who have a developmental or other severe high-risk disability that makes developing severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection more likely
Frontline workers with increased occupational risk
Frontline workers with increased occupational risk are people who:
Must be in-person at their place of work, and
Perform a job that puts them at increased risk of exposure due to their frequent, close (less than6 feet) and ongoing (more than 15 minutes) contact with others in the work environment
Some examples of people who may be frontline workers based on risk may include school staff and daycare workers, criminal justice staff, government employees, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, and law enforcement officers.
Individuals at increased risk in settings where people are living and working in close contact
Residents and workers in group home settings for the mentally or physically disabled or those with behavioral or substance abuse conditions
Workers and residents in homeless shelters
Workers and residents in community training homes
State and local correctional facility staff with direct inmate contact
Correctional and immigration detention facility inmates
Migrant farmworkers living in shared housing or reliant on shared transportation
All workers in healthcare and community health settings who have routine, direct patient contact and were not vaccinated in Phase 1a
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.
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.