On March 13, 2020, the President issued a Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, and Governor McMaster declared a state of emergency in South Carolina. On March 16, 2020, in response to Governor Henry McMaster’s declaration of emergency for the State of South Carolina, Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker has issued a declaration of emergency for Aiken County.
“Healthcare authorities in South Carolina have been preparing for this eventuality and there is no reason for public alarm. DHEC is working with the CDC on confirmation for these cases. South Carolinians should continue to follow recommendations and information provided by official sources.”
- Gov. Henry McMaster
Aiken County Government is currently monitoring the status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, officials are asking for help from the community to minimize the potential spread of germs, and to monitor personal health.
COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The virus can be spread by people who are not currently showing symptoms.
As such the best way to protect yourself from infection is to take everyday preventive actions like:
The CDC does recommend that people wear face masks when in public settings. Learn more about how to protect yourself at their website.
“We emphasize the importance of practicing disease prevention measures and following recommendations for social distancing to protect our community as a whole.”
- Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist.
Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Residents who suspect that they are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Residents who suspect that they are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Those residents should restrict activities outside of their home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Please look over the CDC Fact Sheet