Coronavirus Information

Patients & Visitors

MUSC Health is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus. The safety of our patients and care team is our number one priority. Our leadership and infection prevention teams are meeting regularly to assess the latest developments, prepare our care teams, and review the latest DHEC and CDC guidelines to monitor patient symptoms across all of our facilities.

Is the Coronavirus in South Carolina?

At this time, there are no reported cases of the coronavirus in South Carolina. However, we remain vigilant in monitoring patient travel screenings and symptoms as well as reviewing our infection protocols.

Since the coronavirus symptoms are similar to a common respiratory virus, our emphasis is to educate our patients and the community about prevention, detection and treatment. Please visit the following links from the CDC for important information:

How Does Coronavirus Spread?

Information about how 2019-nCoV is thought to be spreading from ill people to others is available from the CDC.

What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Please review the CDC's signs and symptoms of 2019-nCoV infection page for further information.

Can Coronavirus be Treated? 

Please refer to the CDC's prevention and treatment resources for information.

Is There a Coronavirus Vaccine?

There is no vaccine. The best way to prevent becoming infected is to avoid exposure. Proper handwashing is also essential to control the spread of the disease. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water is best, but if it is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and You - fact sheet (PDF)

What Causes Coronavirus?

The origins of coronavirus have been traced to Wuhan, China. If you think you may have come into contact with someone with the virus or you have traveled in Wuhan, China and are experiencing respiratory-like symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, or cough), please contact your provider and wear a mask before entering any of our MUSC Health hospitals and facilities.

Please monitor the CDC's Coronavirus page for the most up to date general information about the outbreak. Information and updates specific to MUSC Health protocols or actions will be posted here as appropriate in the days ahead.

Last updated: 9:45 a.m. 1/28/2020