COVID-19 Information for Santee Cooper Employees

This page contains employee communication and resources regarding COVID-2019. This information also is available on the COVID-19 iPort page and through iNotes. If you have questions, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at (843) 761-4090 or

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COVID-19 Facts and Resources

Pandemic Plan

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Social Distancing is a public health safety intervention used to reduce the likelihood of transmitting communicable disease. Social distancing involves minimizing exposure to infected individuals by avoiding large public gathering venues, adhering to spacing requirements in the workplace, and following proper personal hygiene practices.

    Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their teperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. Anyone on self-monitoring should be provided a plan for whom to contact if they develop fever, cough, or diffificulty breathing during the self-monitoring period to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.

    Antipyretic is medication used to lower body temperature when a fever is present.

    Examples: Aspirin, Acetaminophen(Tylenol), Ibuprofen (motrin – advil), Naproxen (Aleve).

    Be sure to check combination medications that may contain any of these over-the-counter medications.

    Why should someone use hand sanitizer over washing their hands with soap?

    Most people don’t wash their hands a minimum of 20 seconds per requirement to reduce germs.  It is OH position that unless your hands are visibly soiled, a hand sanitizer (alcohol based 60% or higher) should be used.

    What to do if you are sick with COVID-19

    You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. 

    People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

    Animals: Do not handle pets or other animals while sick. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

    If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

    You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

    Share the Facts, Stop Spread of Rumors

    People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.

    Some people who have traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community.

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    Seek medical advice if you

    • Develop symptoms


    • Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    COVID-19 vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people participated in these trials to see how the vaccines offer protection to people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. CDC has an independent group of experts that reviews all the safety data as it comes in and provides regular safety updates. If a safety issue is detected, immediate action will take place to determine if the issue is related to the COVID-19 vaccine and determine the best course of action.

    Both this disease and its vaccine are new. We don’t know how long those who are infected or vaccinated remain immune, but we do know that COVID-19 has caused serious illness and death for millions of people worldwide. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. A COVID-19 vaccine will create an immune response without having to get sick or risk infecting others.

    Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated. However, your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Some people report getting a headache or fever when getting a vaccine. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. It is working and building up protection against disease.

    The two COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States require two shots to be effective. The first shot starts building protection, but everyone has to come back a few weeks later for the second one to get the most protection the vaccine can offer.

    There is a limited supply right now, so those in critical positions will get the vaccine first; frontline workers followed by those in critical infrastructure.

    Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from others, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic whether you have been vaccinated or not. Together, receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

    There is not enough information currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

    If you are interested in receiving a free COVID-19 vaccine through Santee Cooper, click here.

    If you have additional questions from patients, reference Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination for regularly updated answers to common questions.

    What you should know:

    Situation Updates

    Travel Advisory Info

    Free MUSC Health Virtual Care Screening
    MUSC Health is offering free virtual care consultation and screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina. This is for new and existing patients. If you have immediate health concerns and wish to speak to a medical professional, MUSC recommends a virtual care visit to speak with a provider online. You can also call 843-792-7000 for more information. MUSC Health Virtual Care can be accessed by phone, online, or through chats.

    Virtual Care Website Link

    Use Promo Code: COVID19

    MUSC Corona Virus Information Page

    MUSC Drive-Thru Screening Information

    Other Virtual Care

    Roper St. Francis is offering free virtual visits to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Visit between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and use code COVID19. Any visits outside of the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours will be charged $59

    McLeod TeleHealth: Use Code: COVID19

    Prisma Health Virtual Visit: Use Code: COVID19

    Trident provide free resources to residents for the Coronavirus -

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