Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources
Prisma Health is monitoring the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Cases of COVID-19 continue to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) throughout the United States. It is believed that COVID-19 can be spread person-to-person via close contact with individuals who are currently symptomatic with the disease.
Because of our expertise, Prisma Health routinely treats patients with potentially infectious diseases and follows extensive protocols to ensure the safety of our patients, team members and community.
According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC):
“Outbreaks of novel virus infections are public health concerns. The possible 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 others of which are still unknown with COVID-19. COVID-19 is not wide-spread in the U.S. at this time, though it is likely that this illness will become a pandemic. COVID-19 poses a high potential threat to public health, both globally and to the US, though an individual’s risk is dependent on exposure. With some exceptions, members of the general public in the U.S. are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time and are at low risk for COVID-19.”
If you are concerned that you might have COVID-19, call your doctor.
There are several steps that community members can take to help stay healthy in general:
Wash your hands.
Using warm water and soap, scrub under your nails, between fingers and on the back of your hands for at least 20 seconds. Dry hands with a paper towel and throw away, turning faucet off with another dry paper towel. Thorough hand washing helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. It is acceptable to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Cover your mouth.
When coughing or sneezing, cover with tissue and discard tissue immediately. COVID-19 and many other infectious diseases are spread through by contact with respiratory particles.
Stay home if you feel sick.
Stay home if you feel sick. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, especially fever, cough and shortness of breath, isolate yourself for the protection of your family, friends and coworkers.
You may also access Prisma Health Virtual Visits – a quick online care option for common conditions. Prisma Health Virtual Visits includes an on-demand video option and an online visit option. This fee-based virtual care gives sick people an opportunity for diagnosis and treatment at your convenience.
Prisma Health is committed to keeping our patients, team members, visitors and community informed. The CDC and SC DHEC are the lead public health and environmental agencies and provide real-time updates on the progression of this disease.
For the most up-to-date information and recommendations on COVID-19: