Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency throughout the state to enhance the state's response to the COVID-19 virus' impact on the South Carolina.
Executive orders issued by Governor Henry McMaster:
2020-10 Official (PDF) | Directing Additional Emergency Measures Due to COVID-19
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina and reported the state's first COVID-19 related death on March 16, 2020. They are providing frequent updates on their website at scdhec.gov/COVID19 as more information becomes available. If you have questions about COVID-19, call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Information can also be found on the CDC's COVID-19 webpage.
DHEC and the CDC recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
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."