COVID-19: Resources

Exclamamtion Alert  Emerging Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Exclamamtion Alert

DHEC is closely monitoring a rapidly emerging outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). DHEC is investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina.


If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your doctor or healthcare provider to discuss your concerns or get medical care. You can also use MUSC Health’s virtual visit by using the promo code “COVID19.”

For general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is here to help. Call 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

About coronaviruses and the current COVID-19 outbreak

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 was originally thought to have spread from animal to person, but person-to-person spread is now occurring.

Outbreaks of novel virus infections are public health concerns. The risk of COVID-19 infections in South Carolina depends on multiple factors, including the likelihood of travelers from affected areas, how easily the virus may spread from person to person and the effectiveness of measures to prevent community spread. COVID-19 is not wide-spread in the U.S. at this time, though it is likely that this illness will become a pandemic.

Illness Severity

Both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV have been known to cause severe illness in people. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19

Prevention

DHEC and the CDC currently recommend avoiding all nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, as well as following the CDC’s recommendations regarding travel to other countries affected by COVID-19.

This is a rapidly evolving public health event, and DHEC takes every new infectious disease seriously. 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.

Other steps South Carolinians can take to help stay healthy include:

  • 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.
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Business Resources

Resources for Employees

Resources for Home – CDC.gov

Resources for Childcare & Schools – CDC.gov

Resources for Colleges & Universities – CDC.gov

Resources for Work – CDC.gov

Other Resources

Work From Home Tools

– Google Hangouts
Multiple people/Chat/Video Chats/Share Files

– Skype

– Zoom Call
Remote Meetings

– Facebook
Chat/Messenger

– Google Suite
(Drive, Docs, Forms, Photos, etc.)
Basically all Microsoft Office programs online, for free.

– Screencast-O-Matic
Lead a Lecture/Record Screen/Edit Videos (small fee per year)