Anderson County COVID-19 Communication and Response Update
County EMD, County Council, and County Administrator are coordinating with public health officials at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to closely monitor a rapidly emerging outbreak of a novel coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19. The virus was first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. Cases have been confirmed in several other countries, including the United States. At this time, 7 presumptive cases have been identified in South Carolina.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease it causes has been named “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (COVID-19). Please remember, the risk to residents of South Carolina remains low at this time.
Symptoms may range from mild to severe and are similar to a cold or influenza. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Stopping the spread of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. These practices are washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering your coughs and sneezes, and avoiding contact with people showing signs of illness.
Residents concerned about their own health, or are showing symptoms of a fever, cough or shortness of breath, should call their doctor or healthcare provider. MUSC is using https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html to provide citizens with free screening for COVID-19. Residents with general questions about COVID-19 can call DHEC’s Care Line (1-855-472-3432). Calls are answered 8 am to 6 pm.
Anderson County follows its All-Hazards Basic Emergency Operations Plan, ESF-8 (Emergency
Support Function–Health & Medical) https://www.emd.andersonsheriff.org/plans. In the event of an imminent outbreak, whether it’s H1N1, Coronavirus, or another strain, we follow SCEMD/SCDHEC plan, which uses phased approach of WHO (World Health Organization) https://www.scemd.org/media/1223/state-pandemic-influenza-plan-october-2017-v11b.pdf.
A public press conference will be held this week with several members of the County Staff to update residents with information regarding COVID-19. The County urges citizens to refer to the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/) and DHEC (https://www.scdhec.gov/) websites for the most current information regarding the virus.