March 06, 2020
Monitoring Coronavirus / COVID – 19
As seen in the news, more cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, have been diagnosed in the United States. Today, the Kiawah Emergency Management Committee (which includes representatives from each island entity) participated in the Tri-County conference call with the Charleston County Emergency Management Department regarding the potential impact.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), the immediate health risk is still low. South Carolina currently has no confirmed cases.
Best health practices to prevent and avoid the spread of respiratory diseases include:
- Avoid close contact with people who show signs of respiratory illness.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Sanitize commonly touched surfaces and objects regularly with these recommended disinfectant products.
- The CDC does not suggest people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the virus to others.
Call your primary care physician first if you develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and/or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. MUSC is providing free online Virtual COVID-19 screening which can be accessed here. Just use the code COVID19 when you log in.
Be mindful to only rely on emergency management officials and credible organizations for information. The Town will continue to monitor and communicate as necessary. More information can be found on the CDC website.