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As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climb in South Carolina, what do you need to know?

Centers for Disease Control

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climb in South Carolina, what do you need to know?

LATEST UPDATES

(Updated 4:15 p.m., April 8)

Positive tests in S.C.: 2,552 (+139)

Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 308 (+3)

Negative tests in S.C.: 22,082 (+819)

Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 63 (+12)

An additional 139 cases were announced Wednesday, along with 12 new related deaths. With three more positive tests, 308 cases have been confirmed in Charleston County. Tomorrow, the state will likely go over 25,000 total negative tests.

Source: Department of Health and Environmental Control


ESSENTIAL INFO

  • An overview of the virus and its impact on South Carolina, courtesy of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), including information about how the virus spreads and is severity, as well as other helpful links.
  • Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about how the coronavirus is treated and how the spread of the disease is prevented.
  • The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11, according to media reports, citing "alarming levels of spread and severity" and "alarming levels of inaction.
  • WHO also put together a page of advice for making it through the outbreak, complete with powerpoint presentations and downloadable PDFs.
  • Gov. Henry McMaster ordered public schools in South Carolina closed on March 15, and put a home or work order in place that takes effect Thursday, April 9.


PREPARE AT HOME

  • If you haven't heard it already: wash your hands. Use soap, not hand sanitizer, and wash for at least 20 seconds. You can sing happy birthday twice, or the chorus of: Dolly Parton's Jolene (24 seconds), Lizzo's Truth Hurts (24 seconds, including the Bom bom bi dom bi dum bum bay.)
    Honorable mentions go to the choruses of Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up (17 seconds) and Dexy's Midnight Runners' Come on Eileen (17 seconds, but you can also say COVID-19 to the tune, so you know).
  • How to prevent the spread of coronavirus if you are in contact with someone who is confirmed to have contracted the virus.
  • Recommendations and guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your environment, including your home. Especially important if someone confirmed to have had the virus has been in the space.
  • The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces daily, including: tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks. They recommend using disposable gloves, especially if someone is sick.


IF YOU'RE SICK

If you think you may have coronavirus or have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, you have options to get medical care without exposing others:

  • Roper St. Francis is offering free virtual visits to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Visit rsfh.com/virtualcare between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and use code COVID19. Any visits outside of the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours will be charged $59.
  • Finally, if you have coronavirus, here is a guide on how to prevent yourself from spreading the disease and keep those around you healthy and virus-free.
  • When and how to wear medical masks to prevent contraction or the spread of coronavirus, put together by WHO.


IF YOU ARE TRAVELING

  • A travel guide for those planning trips outside of the country or back into their home country while the virus is actively spreading. This guide is regularly updated, and includes information regarding travel bans and restrictions in place for certain regions.


FINANCIAL RESOURCES

  • The U.S. Department of Labor has put together their own bulleted list with links to financial information and resources for those who have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise economically impacted by the pandemic.

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