Team Willis provides virus information
This information is provided by SC House of Representatives Member Mark Willis.
Many of us are trying to figure out how to respond to what we are seeing in the news and hearing from our leaders regarding COVID-19. We are all wondering where to find the best information so that we and our families can be prepared.
Team Willis has compiled some facts and helpful information. I would like to share them with you and hope they can be of use to you and yours.
We South Carolinians love our families, neighbors and state. "No act of kindess is ever wasted." During this time, more than ever, we need to look out for one another by helping to prevent the spread of this virus. We can all do our part.
Rest assured that I will continue to keep you updated via email and social media.
As of Tuesday night, the total number of cases in South Carolina is 47 in 13 counties (now 342 and 7 deaths).
One person, an elderly man in Lexington county, has died.
No cases in Laurens County.
Greenville county has two cases.
Governor McMaster has made several executive orders:
Restaurants and bars to close dine-in service starting Wednesday, March 18 (Takeout and curbside options can still be offered).
Organized events of more than 50 persons in a state, county, city, or other publicly-owned facility are prohibited, except for essential government functions.
The South Carolina National Guard will coordinate and plan with hospitals to create contingency plans for infrastructure needs.
DHEC will waive regulations so hospitals may use medical and nursing school students to help with COVID-19 response needs.
Closed k-12 and public colleges and universities until March 31.
Directed school districts to implement e-learning options and to provide breakfast and lunches, in elgible schools.
All state tax returns and payments due April 1 – June 1 will now be due June 1, 2020.
South Carolina Individual Income Taxes, Corporate Income Taxes, Sales and Use Tax, Admissions Tax, and other taxes filed and paid with Department of Revenue.
Governor McMaster has made several recommendations:
Private employers should allow non-essential employees to work remotely.
Recommends that private colleges, childcare and daycares close.
Asked insurance companies cover costs of coronavirus related testing and treatment.
The Legislature is responding to provide the necessary resources:
The State Senate just passed a $45 Million emergency funding bill on Tuesday, March 17.
Grants DHEC additional funding to hire more people, buy more protective equipment, and cover the costs of quarantine and transportation and other unexpected expenses.
The House will return to take up the bill on Thursday, March 19.
If you are experiencing symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, please seek advice from your medical provider.
The symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Shortness of breath
If you don’t have insurance, or prefer to interact with a doctor online both MUSC and Prisma Health are offering free appointments if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
If you want to go to your doctor or the Emergency Room, call ahead of time and notify.
Doctors and DHEC will determine if you need to have COVID-19 test.
How can we stay healthy?
Washing your hands;
Cover your cough;
Staying home when you’re sick, and
Throw away tissues and other items that you've sneezed or coughed into.
Follow directions from authorities and medical professionals.
If you are 60 years or older, stay home.