Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.
Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the Darlington County Health Department at 843.398.4400
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
Q: Are there different strains of coronavirus?
A: Yes, there are seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans.
Four of the seven coronaviruses are very common, more mild (similar to the common cold), and most people will be infected with at least one of them in their lifetime. Healthcare providers test for these common coronaviruses routinely, and no public health measures are needed to address these common coronaviruses. People infected with the common coronaviruses can avoid passing them to others by covering their coughs and sneezes, cleaning their hands frequently and containing germs by staying home when ill.
Three of the seven coronaviruses are rare and can cause more severe illness; this includes COVID-19. Testing for this virus can only be done at CDC; healthcare providers are not able to test for this virus independent of the public health department.
Q: What is the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: The risk to the general public remains low at this time. Right now, influenza is a much more significant threat to Americans. Protect yourself from the flu:
Q: What should I do if I traveled to China and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing?
A: Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a healthcare office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
Q: Is there a vaccine?
A: There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Q: Is there a treatment?
A: There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, but people with this virus can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
Q: How can I help protect myself?
A: The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are simple, everyday actions you can take to help prevent spreading germs that cause respiratory viruses. These include:
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should: