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What are the symptoms of COVID-19 infection? The CDC reports that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. – Centers for Disease Control resources.
Are you sick and think you might have the symptoms of COVID-19? FREE 24/7 virtual COVID-19 screenings are available to everyone in South Carolina. Log in to Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)’s virtual care provider network and use code COVID19.
SCDHEC curates a list of COVID-19 screening and testing sites, including mobile testing clinics and telehealth virtual care providers. — This list is continuously updated by DHEC, and testing sites may be viewed for individual counties in South Carolina.
What if you feel sick? – The Centers for Disease Control and SCDHEC provide guidance if you feel sick. The CDC also offers an interactive and mobile-friendly coronavirus self-checker that can be completed online.
Do you have questions regarding COVID-19? SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) can help. Call the SCDHEC Care Line 1-855-472-3432. Available 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
National COVID-19 Response and Preparedness
- Jan. 21 – National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness
- Jan. 21 – Presidential Action – Executive Order on a sustainable public health supply chain
- Jan. 21 – Presidential Action – Memorandum to extend federal support to governors’ use of the National Guard to respond to COVID-19 and to increase reimbursement and other assistance to the states
- Jan. 21 – Presidential Action – Executive Order on ensuring a data-driven response to COVID-19 and future high-consequence public health threats
- Jan. 21 – Presidential Action – Executive Order on improving access to care and treatments for COVID-19
- Jan. 21 – Presidential Action – Executive Order on promoting COVID-19 safety in domestic and international travel
South Carolina advisories, updates, and resources for COVID-19
- Updated daily — SC DHEC announces COVID-19 updates each afternoon, including statistics on new cases by county and testing counts.
- Updated daily – COVID-19 vaccine allocations in South Carolina
- Updated daily – Find a COVID-19 vaccine location
- SC DHEC is looking for volunteers to assist in South Carolina’s vaccination efforts. Registration link included in post.
- Jan. 16 – Vendor has repaired issues causing COVID-19 case reporting delays; historical breakdown provided
- Jan. 14 – DHEC announces shift from containment to mitigation as COVID-19 cases post record growth in S.C.
- Jan. 14 – DHEC, LLR announce joint order to expand pool of medical professionals who can administer COVID-19 vaccine
- Jan. 13 – Governor Henry McMaster’s 2021 State of the State Address
- Jan. 13 – S.C. public health officials seeking 150+ medical professionals to join DHEC and assist with COVID-19 vaccination clinics
- Jan. 12 – S.C. chief epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell receives COVID-19 vaccine; has ‘utmost confidence in its safety and effectiveness’
- Jan. 12 – DHEC provides additional information on vaccine scheduling for those age 70 and older
- Jan. 7 – Executive Order 2021-03 extends the State of Emergency another 15 days.
- Jan. 6 – All Phase 1a healthcare workers urged to quickly schedule vaccine appointments
- Jan. 1 – DHEC continues to provide COVID-19 vaccine updates, latest information
- Dec. 31 – S.C. public health officials provide update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts
- Dec. 30 – South Carolina is above national average of vaccine administrations per doses received; Dr. Bell urges ringing in the New Year at home
- Dec. 23 – Executive Order 2020-77 extends the State of Emergency another 15 days.
- Dec. 17 – DHEC reminds SC residents that staying home is staying safe this holiday season
- Dec. 16 – Dr. Bell: ‘When it’s my turn, I’ll be among the first waiting in line to roll up my sleeve and get vaccinated.’
- Dec. 11 – Dr. Bell: ‘It is within all of our powers to stop COVID-19 and save lives.’
- Dec. 8 – Executive Order 2020-75 extends the State of Emergency another 15 days.
- Dec. 4 – S.C. public officials: ‘We’re at a pivotal point in this pandemic; Together we can take actions to change our course.’
- Nov. 23 – South Carolina sees increased COVID-19 testing in advance of Thanksgiving; masks and social distancing remain key in stopping disease spread
- Nov. 19 – Gov. McMaster asks South Carolinians to “Test Before Turkey” in his livestreamed Nov. 19 press conference
- Nov. 19 – CDC advises against travel over Thanksgiving, and recommends only gathering with those in your household.
- Nov. 18 – DHEC confirms 2020 season’s first flu-related death in South Carolina
- Nov. 16 – State health leaders encourage South Carolinians to stay vigilant to reduce spread of COVID-19 this holiday season
- Nov. 9 – DHEC issues COVID-19 travel and safety precautions to support a healthy and safe Thanksgiving
- Nov. 8 – Executive Order 2020-70 filed, extending COVID-19 State of Emergency for another 15 days
- Nov. 5 – DHEC experts warn rise in S.C. COVID-19 cases could be fall surge
- October 22 – DHEC, UofSC, to lead year-long ‘SC STRONG’ initiative to evaluate COVID-19 infection and immunity over time
- October 16 – Gov. Henry McMaster announces minority, small business and nonprofit relief grant application start
- October 16 – DHEC publishes South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccination plan
- October 15 – CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield Joins Governor Henry McMaster, DHEC and State Officials to Discuss the Community Impacts of COVID-19
- October 9 – “This may be the most important flu shot of your life”; DHEC officials stress importance of flu vaccines amid COVID-19
- October 8 – Nursing homes to begin reporting visitation status to DHEC
- October 5 – DHEC updates guidance on testing asymptomatic persons for SARS-CoV-2
- October 2 – Gov. Henry McMaster lifts restaurant occupancy limits statewide
- September 24 – Free, self-administered nasal swab testing available in Columbia
- September 18 – DHEC’s third data analysis of mask ordinances continues to show effectiveness of masks
- September 17 – U.S. Surgeon General, Gov. McMaster, DHEC, City of Columbia, and UofSC Partner to launch expansive, multi-day COVID-19 testing initiative in Columbia, S.C..
- September 10 – DHEC and partners to develop state COVID-19 vaccination plan using federal guidance.
- September 10 – Governor McMaster’s latest media briefing regarding COVID-19.
- September 9 – Governor McMaster issues Executive Order 2020-59, extending the State of Emergency for another 15 days.
- August 12 – DHEC’s Dr. Linda Bell: “Data shows that wearing face masks works.”
- August 11 update – DHEC Unveils New County-Level COVID-19 Online Resource.
- August 10 – Governor McMaster issues Executive Order 2020-59, extending the State of Emergency for another 15 days.
- August 10 – DHEC Encourages South Carolinians to Respond to Legitimate COVID-19 Contact Tracers, Stay Vigilant Against Scams.
- July 29 – Governor McMaster’s latest media briefing/update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on SC ETV’s YouTube channel.
June 9 – S.C. public health officials issue joint statement on the need to continue to practice social distancing and proper use of face masks to save lives in South Carolina.
- Download accelerateSC’s final report and recommendations here
- A video archive of accelerateSC’s meetings is available through SC ETV.
- The South Carolina Emergency Management Division presents comprehensive resources related to weather emergencies, including the related impact on public health.. Click here to sign up for SCEMD Code Red Alerts.
- SCDHEC, SCEMD Incorporate COVID-19 Safety Measures into Hurricane Season Preparedness.
- SCDHEC Situational Summary – COVID-19
- Updated Monitoring and Testing Data — comprehensive dashboard of statistics for virus prevalence by county throughout South Carolina, regularly updated by SCDHEC
- Register to receive COVID-19 email updates from SCDHEC
- SCDHEC COVID-19 FAQ
- South Carolina media coverage on COVID-19 — The State newspaper, The Post and Courier newspaper, The Greenville News, SC ETV
College/University-specific information regarding COVID-19
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) – COVID-19 Resources – Updated through Jan. 15
- Updated Jan. 8 – CDC guidance and considerations for events and gatherings
- Updated Dec. 31 — CDC Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Considerations for Colleges & Universities
- Updated Dec. 11 – SCDHEC Higher Education Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 – (PDF)
- Updated Dec. 10 – CDC – When to quarantine
- American College Health Association (ACHA) – Updated through Jan. 20 regarding COVID-19
- Updated Sept. 9 – SCDHEC Higher Education Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 – (PDF)
- Updated July 10 – SCDHEC Higher Education Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 – (PDF)
- Updated by CDC Dec. 29 – Colleges, universities, and higher learning: Plan, prepare, and respond
- National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) – Coronavirus resources for colleges – Updated through October 2
Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Resources
- How COVID-19 spreads- Updated Oct. 28
- Register with CDC to receive email or text updates about COVID-19
CDC information related to COVID-19 vaccines
- COVID-19 vaccines: Recommended phases for vaccine administration
- Updated Jan. 19 – Ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States
- Updated Jan. 15 – Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination
- Updated Jan. 15 – 8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program
COVID-19 forecasts and modeling
- Updated through Jan. 9 – CDC COVIDView – A weekly surveillance and COVID-19 forecasts
- Updated Jan. 20 – CDC COVID-19 forecasts
- Updated Jan. 20 – CDC COVID-19 national and state forecasts
- Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington — COVID-19 projections for national and individual states, IMHE COVID-19 projections specific to South Carolina
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard