Health centers are actively involved in helping those individuals who are disproportionately affected by disasters and have carved out specific emergency management roles and responsibilities based on the needs of the community in which they operate.
To align ourselves with the need for emergency planning, the SCPHCA works with many local, state, and national partners to assist community health centers in emergency preparedness planning and response. The SCPHCA also provides information to partners about the role of community health centers in their community at all times, and the potential role of community health centers in the event of an emergency.
The SCPHCA continues to monitor the COVID-19 progression in South Carolina, the impact it has on community health centers (CHCs), and how we can provide support during this public health emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and we will provide updated information as it becomes available.
The SCPHCA is committed to keeping health centers informed of the latest developments in addition to providing timely and relevant resources. Please visit our members only section to log in and obtain the latest update and the SCPHCA’s ongoing efforts to support CHCs in the fight against this pandemic.
The 2019-nCOV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries. As of Wednesday, April 8th there has been 2552 confirmed cases in South Carolina and we wanted to offer some directions and a few resources as proactive measures.
Don’t Panic; Do Be Prepared.
Please be mindful of the following: •washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, •covering your cough, •staying home when you’re sick, and •appropriately disposing tissues and other items that you've sneezed or coughed into.
What Health Centers Can Do
South Carolina’s health centers are trusted institutions in their communities, and they can play an important role in putting COVID-19 in perspective while encouraging patients to take appropriate prevention and preparedness measures:
Emphasize the importance of good hand hygiene. This is an opportunity for health centers to demonstrate proper hand washing technique and/or distribute alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Encourage patients to call ahead if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms and incorporate check-in questions that ask whether patients have traveled outside the country.
Review and update emergency plans and procedures, particularly related to pandemic response.
If you’re not already a member of the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association, register now.
Pay close attention to the CDC website and the SCDHAEC novel coronavirus website, which includes fact sheets in multiple languages. Both of these sites also have information to help protect health care workers and patients.