FAQ on Staying Safe During Coronavirus

How can I protect myself and my family from coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The CDC and SC DHEC have valuable information on how you and your loved ones can best protect yourselves.

Steps you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

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Who is at higher risk?

Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease
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Can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing for COVID-19 requires an evaluation by a healthcare provider because symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to flu and other common viruses. You will need to see a doctor, and DHEC will work with your doctor to determine if testing is needed. There is no testing that will identify the illness before someone experiences symptoms. You should not get tested if you are not ill.

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What if I have symptoms?

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath) and may have been exposed to someone with the illness, please call your health care provider to seek care. Contacting your health care provider ahead of time will make sure you get the care you need without putting others at risk. Additionally, several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public.

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Why can’t I visit South Carolina nursing homes or assisted living facilities? (as of March 13, 2020)
In order to take precautions for members of South Carolina’s vulnerable populations, SC DHEC is immediately restricting visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, with the exception of end-of-life situations. Return to Top
Why has a state of emergency been declared in South Carolina?
Governor McMaster declared state of emergency in South Carolina on March 13, 2020. A Public Health Emergency helps us draw attention to the importance of the recommendations we have always given about how to prevent spread of COVID-19. The message about the effectiveness of good hygiene, social distancing, and the importance of those who are ill to protect others by staying out of public places is the same. Return to Top
Will I experience disruption in essential utilities?

After issuing his State of Emergency Order last Friday, Governor McMaster directed that there be no termination of utility service during the state of emergency.

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