(Coronavirus) COVID-19 Latest Information 03/18/2020
The most important things we want you to know are:
- There have been 47 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina, 2 in Anderson, SC
- We are saddened by the first reported death in our state from this terrible virus
- We want to encourage you to:
Please stay home
Continue to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds
Distance yourself 6 feet from others if you go out in public
Clean/sanitize surfaces frequently
Avoid anyone at high risk, but check on them via phone/video chat to see if they need food or supplies
- It is also recommended to not gather in groups of 10 people or more
How can I protect myself and my family from coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Who is at higher risk?
Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
Older adults (60+)
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
Can I get tested for COVID-19?
We WILL NOT test in our office, and tests are limited in our area. Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is currently ONLY available for patients with fever & shortness of breath (usually requiring oxygen) that are sent to the ER, then ER will determine if there is need for testing. If you are having symptoms or concerns contact your doctor, then 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.
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/text your doctor. Contacting us ahead of time will make sure you get the care you need without putting others at risk.
PATIENTS OVER 60 and patients of any age with SEVERE CHRONIC MEDICAL PROBLEMS
Patients 60 and over as well as patients of any age with severe chronic medical problems are at the highest risk for severe cases and death from this new Coronavirus.
Our Direct Access MD physicians recommend that if you are a high risk patient you refrain from coming into our office for regular and follow up visits. We also recommend to stay home as much as possible, limit contact with others, and practice social distancing of 6 feet if you do have to go out.
How to Self-Quarantine
Self - Quarantine is for ANYONE with respiratory symptoms such as cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
If you experience any respiratory symptoms contact your doctor and prepare to stay at home and distance yourself from others for 14 days.
Stay home except to get medical care
Separate yourself from other people in your home
Wear a face mask if available
Avoid sharing household items
Clean high touch surfaces daily
What to Do if You are Sick - please reference this link from the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Returning to Work/Daily Activities Recommendations
People with possible COVID-19 who have self-quarantined can stop home isolation and will receive a return to work note under the following conditions:
You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
other symptoms have resolved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath are better) AND
at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared