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Information to Help Protect Yourself

Information to Help Protect Yourself

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is fully prepared and capable of caring for our community during this time. Spartanburg Regional’s expert medical team is working closely with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisors.

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Residents who are showing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should call their personal doctor or healthcare provider. 

The DHEC Care Line is available to provide general information about COVID-19 by calling 1-855-472-3432 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. For general questions about COVID-19, visit the DHEC website at scdhec.gov/COVID19 or the CDC website here.

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the identification and emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have responded by taking the following steps to protect the safety of our patients, caregivers, team members and the community. As always, patient and team member safety is a top priority. 

While the risk of getting the virus in the in the United States is still low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shared, “it’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”

Currently, your risk of getting the flu in the U.S. is much more likely. Learn more about the differences between flu and coronavirus.

How are coronavirus germs spread?

How are coronavirus germs spread?

Coronavirus germs are thought to be spread by coughing or sneezing, as well as close contact with an infected person. Close contact means being within six feet of an infected person for a period of time. It might also be spread by touching items and surfaces that a sick person has used, such as tissues or linens.

Who is most likely to get sick with coronavirus?

Who is most likely to get sick with coronavirus?

People in the United States are at risk of getting sick for two reasons: travel to an area with a travel warning and close contact with a person who has a confirmed infection of coronavirus.

How can I best prevent the coronavirus?

How can I best prevent the coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to protect yourself from germs.
  • Avoid touching your face. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. This helps prevent those around you from getting sick. Don’t have a tissue? Cough into the crook of your elbow or upper sleeve to prevent the spread of germs.
  • If you are sick, stay home to help prevent others from getting sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Take care of yourself, get plenty of sleep, manage your stress, eat healthy, exercise daily and drink plenty of liquids to stay healthy.

If you are feeling ill and have recently traveled to an area with a travel warning or have been in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus, please contact your physician immediately.

How should I wash my hands?

How should I wash my hands?

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

What can businesses do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus?

What can businesses do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus?

The CDC recommends the following strategies for businesses to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, covering your cough and good hand hygiene to all employees.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning.
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps, such as checking the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which they will travel.

Please refer to these CDC resources that provide more information about how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in your business.

News & Highlights

News & Highlights

If you have recently traveled to an area with a travel warning, or have been in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus, please contact your physician immediately.

Helpful link: SC DHEC Latest Updates and Information

SRHS Notice to All Vendors Regarding COVID-19: March 12, 2020

Helpful link: CDC Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Helpful link: CDC Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Wash Your Hands: Proper Hand Washing

Proper Hand Washing

SC DHEC Map of COVID-19 Cases in South Carolina

Free COVID-19 screening tool

Free COVID-19 screening tool

 

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