Key Information About Coronavirus

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Key Information About Coronavirus

Coronvirus Information Center

FAQs | Patients and Visitors | Resources | Safe in Our Care | Social Distancing | Vendor Restrictions

Tidelands Health Visitor Restrictions

With certain restrictions and precautions, hospitalized patients at Tidelands Health may be visited by one adult support partner. 

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Cloth face masks for a good cause

With a $5 donation to the Tidelands Health Foundation, you'll receive a Tidelands Health cloth face mask similar to the one depicted above.

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Important information for our community about COVID-19 testing

At Tidelands Health, we understand the importance of COVID-19 testing to individual and community health. As the region’s leader in COVID-19 testing and response, we have developed several testing options to accommodate our community’s unique needs. Learn about testing options by clicking here.

Importance of wearing a mask

Safe in Our Care

We’re committed to keeping our patients safe as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our “Safe in Our Care” initiative by clicking here.

Community Resources

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To help guide preparations in the communities we serve, we have developed a series of informational fliers that contain useful guidance and resources. These fliers can be freely downloaded, printed and distributed.

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Young People and COVID

Younger people have higher rates of COVID-19 among those screened by Tidelands Health

Young people who have been screened at a series of free clinics held along the Grand Strand are testing positive for COVID-19 at a higher rate than older individuals, reinforcing the need for people of all ages to take precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

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Coronavirus: What you need to know

At Tidelands Health, our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, team members and the community.

As the region's leader in COVID-19 testing and treatment, we are responding agressively to the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects widespread transmission of the virus to occur, with most of the U.S. population eventually exposed to the disease.

At Tidelands Health, we routinely care for individuals with potentially infectious illnesses and have rigorous infection prevention processes and protocols in place. Working in collaboration with state and federal health authorities, we are drawing upon our extensive experience and training as we respond to COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus

Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about the illness:

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that was first identified in December in Wuhan, China.

Hurricanes during covid

How to prepare for hurricane season during the COVID-19 pandemic

As if a pandemic isn’t challenging enough, forecasters are expecting a busy Atlantic hurricane season.

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Is coronavirus new?

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The symptoms are often mild, but in some cases can be severe enough to warrant hospitalization. Individuals with COVID-19 can exhibit fever, cough shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

How is coronavirus spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

How Does Coronavirus Spread

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15 questions to ask your child’s day care during the pandemic

When sending children to day care, safety is a top priority for parents. In the age of COVID-19, it’s natural for parents to wonder whether their provider is taking the appropriate precautions.

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How can I prevent myself from becoming sick?

Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent a COVID-19 infection, the CDC encourages good hand hygiene and other health practices.

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  • 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.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you become ill.
  • 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.

Hand Sanitizer being used

These 9 brands of hand sanitizer may be toxic, FDA warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use nine brands of hand sanitizer because they may contain methanol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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How can I prevent getting sick with coronavirus?

What if I think I’m sick with COVID-19?

Call your health care provider and inform the provider that you may have COVID-19. Follow your health care provider’s instructions. In case of emergency, call 911.

What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?

Should I be tested for coronavirus?

Individuals with coronavirus symptoms who meet certain criteria may be eligible for testing. Call your health care provider if you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Where can I learn more about coronavirus?

At Tidelands Health, we’re committed to keeping our community informed about coronavirus and our response to the illness. Please check this page regularly for updates.

You can also find information through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control.

To visit the CDC’s website, go here.

To visit the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, go here.